Often described as 'the real Africa', Zambia is without doubt an amazing and rewarding country to visit. With some excellent wildlife experiences, including world class birdlife and big game to rival anywhere in Africa, Zambia is so much less touristy than its more popular neighbours. It has an excellent selection of wildlife parks, with the South Luangwa National Park being the pick and is home to Victoria Falls, Africa's largest waterfall and well know as the adventure capital of Africa. It is also an angler's dream, as the mighty Zambezi River attracts fishermen from around the world in search of the hard fighting tigerfish and the elusive giant vundu.
Although not the easiest country to get around, our overland truck based trips are a perfect way to enjoy Zambia whilst still retaining an element of comfort and security you'll be hard pressed to find when travelling independently.
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Zambia is generally very safe to visit. In the bigger cities and tourist areas, you should watch out for con artists and muggers. Avoid areas along the Zambia-Congo border, especially around Lake Mweru, due to civil strife in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The currency used in Zambia is the Zambian kwacha (ZMK), which is subdivided into 100 ngwees.
The best time of the year for game viewing is during the dry season (May to October). September and October can be extremely hot. From November to April, the rainy season results in beautiful, green landscape.
You should wear neutral colours for safari, shorts for hot days and lightweight trousers for walking in the bush and towns where the dress code is conservative.
The tap water is not safe for drinking in Zambia. You can buy bottled water at most shops, and it is cheap.
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Dial Code: +260
Area: 752,618 km²
Elevation: The lowest point in Zambia is the Zambezi River at 329m (1,079 ft.) | The highest point in Zambia is Mafinga Central in the Mafinga Hills at 2,339m (7,674 ft.)
Population: 17,609,178 (2018)
Governemnt: Republic, Representative democracy, Presidential system
Language: English, Bemba
Zambia, officially the Republic of Zambia, is a landlocked country in South-Central Africa. The country borders the Democratic Republic of Congo to the north, Tanzania to the northeast, Malawi to the east, Mozambique to the southeast, Zimbabwe and Botswana to the south, Namibia to the southwest, and Angola to the west.
Lusaka is the capital city of Zambia, located in the central part of Zambia. Majority of the population can be found around Lusaka in the south and in the Copperbelt Province. In 1964, Zambia became independent of the United Kingdom. The World Bank named Zambia one of the world's fastest economically reformed countries in 2010.
The country has a tropical climate and the landscape is characterised by high plateaus with some mountains, hills and river valleys. Zambia has two major river basins: the Zambezi/Kafue basin in the centre and the Congo Basin in the north. Zambia is positioned on the plateau of Central Africa, and the country experiences two main seasons: the rainy season (November to April) and the dry season (May/June to October/November).
There are 14 ecosystems in Zambia, which are divided into thicket, woodland, grassland, and forest vegetation types. Around 242 mammalian species live in Zambia. The Kafue lechwe and the Rhodesian giraffe are endemic to Zambia. An estimated 757 bird species can also be found in the country. The Zambian barbet is a well-known species endemic to Zambia.
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