Table of Contents
- Where is Zambia located on the map?
- Helpful tips for your trip
- What time is it in Zambia?
- Is Zambia safe?
- Zambia history
- What to visit in Zambia
Where is Zambia located on the map?
Zambia is located in Southern Africa, and it borders Angola, Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. It might not be as popular a tourist destination as some neighboring countries, but Zambia has many underrated treasures waiting to be discovered.
The local wildlife is easily accessible for safari tours, and the Zambezi River after which the country was named, promises unforgettable adventures.
Helpful tips for your trip
Weather in this geographical location can be very hot, so timing your trip and packing accordingly might save you a headache. Winter is from May to September when the weather is dry and cooler than usual. October and November are usually still dry, but very hot, and the rest of the year comes with tropical rainfalls and very hot, humid weather.
What time is it in Zambia?
The time zone is GMT +2, so make sure you rest plenty before starting your first African exploration.
Is Zambia safe?
Visiting Zambia as a US citizen requires a tourist visa and your passport must be valid for at least six more months at the time of the trip. Yellow fever is a big deal, so the authorities require proof of vaccination against it prior to entering the country. You can schedule a vaccine appointment with your doctor or with a travel clinic near you. Organize your trip before applying for a visa because Zambia requires proof of travel arrangements.
Even though Zambia is one of the safest countries in Africa, crimes do happen, and you must practice basic caution. Tourists are most often subjected to petty crimes due to high poverty level. Keep your valuables out of sight and never leave your bags unattended.
Even though Zambia is inhabited by a mix of nationalities, it’s also home to around 70 African tribal communities with various languages, traditions, and religions. The diversity is fascinating to outsiders, but if you decide to visit any of them (which I strongly advise doing), it’s important to be respectful and understanding. Some villages inhabited by indigenous people have museums founded by the National Heritage Conservation Commission, where visitors can learn all there is to know about a specific community. The more prominent ethnic groups in Zambia are Tonga, Bemba, Lozi, and Luvale.
Archeological records show that Zambia was populated at least 3 million years ago, Africa being considered the birthplace of civilization. Later on, the population was unfortunately subjugated to domestic and international slavery. This is still a raw wound in the hearts of local communities. After being colonialized by the Portuguese, the French, and the British, Zambia managed to obtain its independence on the 24th October 1964.
Because of their new political status, one of Zambia’s main issues is poverty, having a national poverty rate of 54%, and in rural areas it reaches 77%. Despite the poor living conditions and the history, the people of Zambia are extremely friendly and welcoming.
When it comes to tourism, the country is not as popular as its neighbors, but it offers some of the best experiences when it comes to nature exploration. Consider supporting the local economy by discovering its beauty.
What to visit in Zambia
When you think about a safari tour you might imagine driving around in a Jeep and spotting wildlife, however, Zambia is THE place where guides are well-trained in walking safaris. If you’re tired of watching Animal Planet and imagining yourself hiding behind a bush and spotting lions, this is the place to make your imagination become reality. And that’s not all.
The rich wildlife of Zambia includes giraffes, zebras, primates, rhinos, big cats, crocodiles, and the most impressive species of them all, the African elephant.
October and December comes with one of the most spectacular natural events in the world, which is the Kasaka bat migration. And when we say bats we mean fruit bats, also known as flying foxes, the most adorable species of bats in the world that most of us are familiar with from viral videos. There won’t be only a few, but over 10 million of them.
The Zambezi River is another unique place where you can join a canoe safari or where you can admire the famous Victoria Falls found at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Since the country is quite large, I recommend trying the following itinerary:
- Zambezi National Park
- Lake Kariba
- Lochinvar National Park
- Victoria Falls
- Kafue National Park
- Lake Itezhi-Tezhi
- Busanga Plains
If you have the time I recommend spending at least two weeks in Zambia if you want to discover most of its treasures. There are natural wonders to see, things to learn, communities to discover. During your trip don’t forget to keep your mind open to the unique African cuisine that you won’t taste anywhere else.
For travel information visit the official website.