|One of Zambia’s most visited destinations is Victoria Falls, which it shares with neighbouring country Zimbabwe, though unlike Zimbabwe, Zambia is a very stable country, all of which is perfectly safe to visit. However, it’s commonly held that the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls is the more impressive of the two, and this part of the country is usually safe, plus travelling between the two is quite straightforward.
Victoria Falls is one of the World’s Seven Natural Wonders and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is twice as high as Niagara Falls and much longer and is definitely the highlight of a visit to Zambia. If you can come during the rainy season (from April to October) the Falls will be far more spectacular simply due to the greater volume of water crashing over them.
If you’re visiting Victoria Falls you will likely stay in the nearby town of Livingstone, named after Dr David Livingstone, the first non-local person to see the Falls. Livingstone was formerly the capital of Zambia, before it was moved to Lusaka. The city is mainly known as being the gateway to the Falls, an as such many tours depart from here each day, including visiting Livingstone Island at Victoria Falls, or taking a boat trip down the Zambezi, or an elephant-back safari.
There are numerous National Parks in Zambia, which are often classed as some of the best, and because tourism is still not as big here as in some of the other popular ‘safari’ countries, Zambia gives some of the best opportunities to go on a great safari with the possibility of seeing large numbers of animals and small numbers of other people!
South Luangwa National Park in the east of Zambia is considered to be one of the greatest. It is quite remote and hence has a large number of animals and relatively few visitors, but this is changing. Herds of buffalo, elephants, hippos, giraffes, leopards and zebras are just some of the animals you are likely to see, plus around 400 different species of bird, and for a different take on it all, this is one of the few national parks which allow night safaris.
The capital and largest city in Zambia is Lusaka and there are various places of interest here. There are many markets where you pick up some bargains, including Soweto Market which has both a modern covered market and also a huge market behind that one, plus there are several shopping malls too.
The Munda Wanga Environmental Park is a popular attraction. It is a wildlife park and sanctuary as well as botanical gardens where you can see various wildlife species and relax in the botanical gardens.