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Zambia - village family - Elter photo

Zambia - zebras - Elter photo

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Zambia - safari jeeps - Elter photo

Zambia - Intercity Terminus

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Zambia - Devil's pool - m.z. photo

Public safety

Zambia is a safe tourist destination by African standards. Chances of being killed by guns, knives is totally slim. Tourists in Lusaka should avoid the Chibolya area at night. A lot of drug traffic makes area risky.

Health

Zambia is a country at risk for malaria, so tourists need to protect themselves with medication by following the recommended precautions.

Background

Zambia - national flag colors made-up

Destination in brief

Zambia is a landlocked country in East Africa. Neighbors: Tanzania (north east), Malawi (east), Mozambique (south east), Botswana and Zombabwe (south), Angola (west), Dr Congo (north).

Size:752,618 km² (290,587 mi²)

Capital city: Lusaka

Population (in 2020): 18.3 million - Bemba (21%) and Tonga (13.6%) are the largest ethnic groups


Languages: English the official language of administration, education, trade and law - There are 7 official native languages: Bemba, Tonga, Nyanja, Lozi, Luvale, Lunda, and Kaonde

Zambia was a British colony (as Northern Rhodesia) - The county gained independence in 1964. 

Religions: 85% Christians

Form of government: presidential republic, multi-party democracy

Currency: Zambian kwacha (ZMW)

Average net monthly salary (in 2020): 680 USD (Tanzania: 190 USD, Mozambique 250 USD, DR Congo 900 USD)

Most common surname: Phiri

Zambia is a relatively safe tourist destination compared to the Southern African region, and much much safer than South Africa itself. The locals themselves protect the tourists. The criminals who attack tourists or steal from them are often caught by civil man on the street. The locals know how much the country needs tourism because many make a living from it.

Dry season: May-August, hottest: September-November, rainy season: from the second half of November to April.

Zambia is a left-driving country.

Zambia has a lot of tourist attractions, yet the tourist infrastructure is not developed adequately. The copper mining area of ​​the country (Copperbelt) is ugly; you better avoid it. Lusaka is not attractive, neither. Tourists use it as a hub to explore the country. It is not worth staying there for more than a day. In general, cities in Zambia are not exciting. Nature and the countryside is the attraction.

 On the border with Zimbabwe is Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. (There are other, smaller waterfalls in the northern part of Zambia.)

Zambia is one of the most suitable countries in Africa for safaris. There are plenty of national parks for safaris: like Kafue National Park,  South Luangwa National Park, Blue Lagoon National Park, Liuwei plateaus,       Bangweulu. There are other waterfalls in the northern part of Zambia.


People

Zambians are very proud and pedantic about their dress. Women for instance will seldom be seen around town in sloppy clothes, with unkempt hair. Locals really like to impress and look beautiful all the time. Men wear suits, women look amazing.

Zambia - guy - Elter photo

Gastronomy

Favourite fast food is fried chicken.

A popular home-made meal is ugali. It has several other names, depending on location. It’s a thick porridge made from maize flour.

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