Travel Zambia Secrets
Zambia is by far one of the most hidden gems in Africa; its natural wonders, beauty, vibrance and diverse culture is second to none. One simply has to experience it to achieve that sense of wonder that can only be found in the nation of Zambia.
Zambia is a land-locked country located in the southern central part of the continent of Africa. It is surrounded by the neighbouring countries of Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Tanzania, Congo, Malawi and Mozambique. Zambia was a British colonised country for 73 years and was known as Northern Rhodesia until 24 October 1964 when it gained its independence. It changed its name to Zambia under the leadership of the country's first president, Kenneth D. Kaunda, who was the leader of the United Nation Independence Party (UNIP). The capital city of Zambia is Lusaka which is the largest city of the country, and the currency is the Zambian kwacha (ZMW).
Travel Zambia : The Regions:
The Country is divided into ten provinces: Central, Copperbelt, Eastern, Luapula, Lusaka, Northern, Muchinga, North-Western, Southern and the Western provinces. The fact that Zambia is divided into ten provinces explains the origin of the widely spoken languages for each province.
For instance, the Bemba language is widely spoken in the Northern, Luapula, Muchinga and Copperbelt provinces. The Nyanja language is mostly spoken in Lusaka province, the Lozi language is widely spoken in the Western province, the Tonga language is spoken widely in the Southern province, and languages such as Lunda, Luvale and Kaonde are spoken in the North-Western province.
Travel Zambia: Tourism
Zambia is undoubtedly one of the best tourist destinations in the world, being the home of one of the seven wonders of the world: the mighty Victoria Falls located in Zambia's tourist capital Livingstone. Thirty per cent of the country's area is actually reserved for wildlife, and it comprises around 20 national parks including the Kafue national park, South Luangwa national park, and the Lower Zambezi national park.
Zambia is also home to some of the most famous lakes, including Lake Tanganyika, which is the world's longest lake, Lake Kariba and Lake Kashiba. It is also known for its vast rivers such as the Zambezi river that sources the Victoria Falls, the Luangwa river that is known for its fishing expeditions, and the Kafue river that is a water supply for most of the Zambian residents. These beautiful lakes and rivers offer a lot of fun activities such as fishing, canoeing safaris and boat rides.
Besides the geographical beauty of the country, Zambia is also known for its natural resources that include copper, zinc, cobalt, uranium and emeralds.
The current population of Zambia is estimated to be 19 million as of April 2021, which is equivalent to 0.24% of the world's total population.
Zambia is a predominantly Christian nation with almost 95.5% of the population being Christian (of which 20.2% are Roman Catholic), and 5% of the population are Muslim.
English is the official language in Zambia, which is used in the education, business and commerce sectors.
Zambia has around 73 local spoken languages with a few that are widely spoken and understood, examples being Bemba, Nyanja, Lozi, Tonga, Luvale, Lunda and Kaonde.