Tamed wilderness best describes Zambia, a country with jagged terrains and dilapidated road network that equates to an unprecedented journey. A landlocked country in Southern Africa bordered by Tanzania to the northeast, Malawi to the east, Mozambique to the southeast, Zimbabwe and Bostwana to the south, with three great rivers such as Kafue, Luangwa, and the Zambezi flowing into the country, Zambia is shaped and defined by its geographical location. In return, Zambia bested them all despite its sheer size that’s roughly the shape of France. Having been home to some of the best safari opportunities that offer a glimpse of real Africa, you can visit its nature wonder Victoria Falls, one of the World’s Seven Natural Wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Zambia, expect the unexpected.
What to see & do
The Victoria Falls World Heritage National Monument Site should be on top of anyone’s list visiting this country. The falls is actually part of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, which is located 11km outside town just before the Zambia border crossing. Go to the visitor information centre first before exploring the site. From the centre, some paths lead through thick vegetation to various viewpoints. If you are the carefree adventure type, you can opt to walk upstream on unguarded fences just to watch the Zambezi waters gliding smoothly through the rocks. For close-up views of the Eastern Cataract, you can walk across the footbridge and reach the place called the Knife Edge. Expect to be sprayed with water falls as you make your way to see the magnificent view of the falls with a jaw-dropping abyss.
You should also visit the Livingstone Island after the Victoria Falls, which is also another hair-raising destination. Set in the middle of the Zambezi River located atop of the falls, you can swim in the Devil’s Pool, an infinity pool that lets you swim and take a peek on its edge to see the magnificent falls plunging down 100 metres below you. You can reach the island via a boat ride, and prices include a choice of breakfast, lunch, or high tea. It is best to visit the island anytime of the year except the months of March to May, when the water levels are too high.
How to get around within Zambia
You can get around Zambia by taking the bus, which are more reliable and safer than minibuses. The bus departs on time and always has a dedicated space for guests and luggage. Minibuses, on the other hand are often uncomfortable as conductors tend to squeeze in travellers and their luggage, unmindful of the traveller’s comfort. However if you want to experience authentic Zambian ride, taking the minibus is your best option to meet the locals.
How to get there
You can get into Zambia by booking flights via Skyscanner, your online source for cheap flights. The main international gateway to the country would be Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka, the country’s capital. The airport is being served by airlines such as Air Bostwana, Air Namibia, Airlink, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Fastjet, Kenya Airways, Mahogany Air, Proflight Zambia, South African Airways, South African Express, and TAAG Angola Airlines. The aforementioned airlines serve a number of destinations such as Gaborone, Windhoek, Johannesburg-OR Tambo, Dubai-International, Harare, Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi-Jomo, Kenyatta, Chipata, Livingstone, Mfuwe, Ndola, Solwezi, Blantyre, Lilongwe, Jeki, Kasama, Kasanka, Mansa, Mongu, Solwezi, Durban, and Luanda.
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