Zambia is a beautiful country with lots of tourist attractions. Here are the 5 main reasons you should visit Zambia at least once in your lifetime.
- Waterfalls (Including the Mighty Victoria Falls)
- National Parks
- Beautiful Water Bodies
- Rich Culture –Traditional Ceremonies
- The Food
Zambia is one of the countries that are rich in water bodies in Africa. Waterfall Tours are among the most popular trips. The most spectacular is of course the mighty Victoria Falls, but there are others that are just as beautiful around the country.
The Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It is the largest in Zambia and is found in Livingstone town. The rest are mainly concentrated in the northern region. Most of them are remotely located so you have to embark on an adventure to find them. A self-drive road trip using an off-road vehicle is the best way to access these. The major ones are:
The National Parks
There are a number of National parks in Zambia where one can enjoy walking safaris and bird viewing. The main functioning are 9 and are:
Kafue National Park
Kasanka National Park
Lochinvar National Park
Lower Zambezi National Park
Liuwa Plain National Park
Mosi-otunya National Park
North Luangwa National Park
Nsumbu National Park
Sioma Ngwezi National Park
South Luangwa National
The national parks are administered by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
The Lakes and Rivers
Zambia has beautiful lakes and rivers. Lake Tanganyika is the longest lake in the world, while Lake Kariba is Africa’s largest man-made dam. Other lakes are Lake Bangweulu and Lake Mweru in the Northern Province. Zambia also has 3 major rivers and several substantial tributaries. The major rivers are the Kafue, Luangwa and Zambezi Rivers. The Kafue and Luangwa Rivers are the life blood of the Kafue and Luangwa National Parks and here you can see hippos, crocodiles as well as water birds.
Zambia has a rich culture and this is celebrated in the various traditional ceremonies conducted by different tribes. In total Zambia has about 73 languages and the majority of these have their own traditional ceremonies, but the major ones are:
Kuomboka Ceremony Lozi of Western Province
Likumbi Lya Mize ceremony Luvale of North-Western Province
N’cwala ceremony Ngoni of Eastern Province
Umutomboko Ceremony Lunda/Luba
Ukusefya Pang’wena Bemba of Northern Province
Kulamba Kubwalo Lenje of Central Province
Shimunenga for the Ila of Southern Province
Kulamba Chewa of Eastern Province
The staple food in Zambia is called Nshima/Nsima. It is paste-like prepared using only 2 ingredients (maize meal and water). It is served with different types of relish to make a balanced meal. This relish includes protein dishes such as beef, chicken and fish and green leafy vegetables. The dishes that are authentic to Zambia include Chikanda, Munkoyo, Vinkubala (Caterpillars) etc.