The African continent is incredibly diverse from arid to tropical environments and rural to bustling urban areas. Bursting with a wide range of cultures and natural landmarks, Zambia is one of the lesser visited gems of Africa that not only hosts one of world’s natural wonders, but is home to exciting attractions and beautiful experiences.
The following are 5 attractions you should include on your list.
5 Reasons a Trip to Zambia Should Be Your Next Adventure
Victoria Falls: The World’s Largest Waterfall
An obvious must-see if you are visiting Zambia or any other nation in the region are the incredible Victoria Falls. This natural landmark is the largest waterfall in the world, spanning a massive 1,708m wide and 108m wide.
While the rainy season is the ideal time to visit this wonder, it is equally majestic during drier months where you can scale the dry rocks where water runs during wetter seasons.
The Devil’s Pool is a must see at Victoria falls and is available to visit all year. It is a patch of water located at the edge of a running waterfall where visitors can mysteriously float and swim without being swept over the edge.
Livingstone’s Cultural Market
While the number one sight to see in Livingstone are the Victoria Falls, due to the massive influx of international and regional tourists, the city also has an incredible cultural market.
With plenty of vendors you can find thousands of authentic local crafts and handmade artifacts. Not only is a great pit stop to collect some gifts, but it is an opportunity to support the local community as the vendors work for themselves rather than large corporations or shop chains.
Visit Chobe National Park in Botswana
Located in neighboring Botswana, one of the most unique experiences you can have from Zambia is an overnight safari at Chobe National Park, where 4 of the “Big 5” majestic creatures of Africa can be seen firsthand.
The park is accessible through the town Kasane, which is located near Livingstone and situated between the Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibian borders. Not only is the park majestic, but rates are incredibly affordable compared to what you would expect, with camping safaris priced as low as $60 per person.
The huge elephant herds numbering well over 40000 are one of the main attractions here.
Nightlife in Lusaka
Almost as vibrant as the local wildlife is Lusaka nightlife. Zambia’s capital is a lively place to be after hours, with plenty of evening activities, nightclubs, bars and festivals taking place throughout the year.
In addition to plenty of parties and particularly excellent Indian cuisine thanks to the number of Indian residents in the capital, you can also find quite a few casinos in Lusaka if you are looking to place some bets. Of course, you can also gamble online from your desktop at home, but if you’re already in town, why not stop by to see just how relaxed African casino life can be!
Siavonga & Lake Victoria
While Livingstone is incredibly popular among tourists, particularly Western ones, Siavonga is a tourism hub visited mainly by local tourists and is located on the Zimbabwean border next to Lake Kariba; the world’s largest man-made lake.
Not only is it an excellent place to relax and soak in the local nature, but you can also take a trip to the Kariba dam, which is an impressive sight and a major power source for the entire region.
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Photo credits: Victoria Falls by Jeremy T. Hetzel.