Zambia travel is a once in a lifetime, worthwhile, experience. With gorgeous vistas, the famous Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River, wildlife and the friendliest people you can imagine, Zambia might be one of the most remarkable places on earth. If you’ve never been to this exotic location, then the idea of Zambia travel can seem overwhelming. Here are some suggestions to make your trip to Zambia an epic one.
Zambia Travel – Must See Locations
When traveling to Zambia, there are some can’t miss places to see. These are the iconic stops that are exciting and known the world over. All of these places showcase the beauty of Sub-Saharan Africa and the vast scope of the natural environment. I had the good fortune to visit Zambia recently when I received a fellowship. The trip was beyond my expectations. These are the must see locations in Zambia.
Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya) loosely translated as the smoke that thunders, is one of the most iconic landmarks in Zambia. It is roughly twice the size of Niagara Falls the famous waterfall that straddles both the US and Canadian border. Victoria Falls is classified as the largest waterfall in the world, because of its combined width and height. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and it is also occasionally referred to as one of the natural wonders of the world. A large wetland seems to fall into the center of the earth through a fast gorge. It is breathtaking in both its beauty and its scope. This miracle of the Earth’s natural process provides spectacular views and amazing photo opportunities. Because of the size of the waterfall though it is hard to capture the magnitude of this natural wonder unless you are traveling overhead by helicopter.
Take a tour of one of the most spectacular rivers in all of Zambia. The Zambezi River is a must see wonder for Zambia travel. This river attracts thousands of tourists every year and offers excellent water sports as well as the opportunity to see some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife. Take a scenic sunset cruise on the Zambezi while you are here. You will not regret it. You will see hippos playing and yawning and elephants crossing the river too.
South Luangwa National Park
There are many beautiful reserves and parks in Zambia. This is one of the best known. Zambia has some amazing wildlife and you can witness many of the most incredible creatures in this gorgeous national park. Leopards and elephants are only 2 of over 60 different animal species that can be viewed in the park in addition to over 400 bird species. There are many national parks to see and visit here in Zambia. Very few have wild cats in them however.
Get the full Zambia travel experience at Lake Kariba. Not only does this lake feature all of the beauty of Africa’s landscape, it also boasts Africa’s largest dam. This lake is so huge, it almost feels like a freshwater ocean, and it offers excellent fishing, boating and water sports. Make it a full trip by staying at any of the lodges, chalets, or campsites nearby.
On your Zambia travel experience, make a stop in Chingola, the greenest city in Zambia. The most picturesque of Copperbelt towns, Chingola owes its lush, green landscape to the higher rainfall in the area. Visit the biggest open-cast mine in Africa, or enjoy shopping, fine dining, or a round of golf.
One caveat – when you visit Zambia or any other country internationally always check their entry requirements. Zambia has a rule for instance about carrying any products containing diphenhydramine in their country. Do not bring Benadryl for instance into Zambia. It is on their list of controlled substances and you can be detained as a result without warning. Check your allergy medication, if you travel with it.
Zambia Travel – All the Beauty of Africa
Zambia is one of the most beautiful countries in all of Africa, and it shows. These are just a few recommendations. There are dozens of gorgeous locales you can experience on a Zambia travel experience. In addition to these gorgeous natural wonders, Zambia offers a host of beautiful cities, landmarks, museums, and other amazing experiences to be enjoyed. I loved visiting this country and found it friendly and safe.
I was in Zambia doing a fellowship recently with the UN Foundation’s Shot at Life global vaccination program. If you would like to read more about that see this Shot at Life post.