Zambia – a country with vast lakes, rich wetlands and breathtaking African sunsets.
If you are out to experience the ‘real’ Africa, Zambia is that diamond in the rough. The country boasts some of the continent’s best wildlife parks, and offers some of the region’s major highlights such as Victoria Falls in the south west and the Lower Zambezi National Park. It’s an angler’s dream, as fishermen travel from all over the world to try their luck on the mighty Zambezi River, with the hopes of landing a toothy Tigerfish or the rare, giant Vundu. Avid birders also flock to Zambia to glimpse its fabulous diversity of birds, most notably Chaplin’s Barbets.
The wild Zambezi River is perfect for adrenaline rush activities such as river rafting, canoeing safaris and river surfing.
Big game safaris, abundant birdlife and raw, pulsating wilderness are what visitors can expect to find. The Zambian government has long recognised the economic importance of its wildernesses and is acutely aware of environmental concerns: almost one-third of the country is given over to national parks and game reserves.
Livingstone, named after the Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone, is the tourism capital of Zambia. It is located just 10km from the world-famous, spectacular Victoria Falls and is the starting point for a number of adrenalin-inducing adventures and sightseeing activities.
Between 1911 and 1935, Livingstone was the capital of Northern Rhodesia, as Zambia was previously known. The town is quaint with a understated colonial feel. The main street is lined with classic Victorian buildings – the wooden verandas and tin roofed houses serving as classic examples of early English settler architecture. Livingstone is relatively compact, so easy to navigate on foot.
Livingstone has earned its title as the Adventure Capital of Africa – the one-day low water river rafting is considered to be the best one-day white water experience available in the world. Apart from the multitude of adrenalin-inducing sports available there are many other activities in and around the town which will make a trip to this destination more than memorable. When David Livingstone first glimpsed the majestic Victoria Falls in 1855, he claimed “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight” and named them after Queen Victoria. The force of the falling water produces high clouds of spray, which gave the falls their African name: Mosi-oa-Tunya – “the Smoke that Thunders”.