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Zambia the Land of a Thousand Rivers

Zambia portrays in its pallet a canvas of natural beauty of a landlocked destination in contrast with a superb geographical setting between Victoria Falls, Zambezi River, and the Muchinga Mountains.  Zambia is a spectrum of diverse landscapes and water abundance rare to compare to any other country in the region.  Not to forget the ethenic diversity and lifestyles that vary in each of its nine provinces. Zambia welcomes you to enjoy its high plateaus, hills, and mountains dissected by rivers and valleys, Victoria waterfalls and Zambezi River are some of the planet rare marvels.  Exploring a safari and wildlife viewing in Zambia is stepping on a piece of Africa that does not belong to our era. Our overland tours and expeditions to Zambia will ignite the adventure soul you always had.  Diversity of landscapes to take your breath away, nature at its best garment and hospitable people with the best world smile. Lusaka colorful markets are enticing and vibrant.  Discover Zambia’s National Parks replete with natural wonders from Fauna to flora to birds and insects for the nature enthusiasts. Zambia is a destination to satisfy the curious, active, and savvy traveler with all sorts of physical and intellectual activities, eco friendly in a responsible way of travel. It is indeed a complete package for adventurous travelers or nature-loving enthusiasts. Zambia’s safari and tours offer a spectrum of itineraries beyond the scope of other destinations. 

Zambia Moden History, Politics and Ethnicity

The natives of Zambia are the Khoisan peoples, the whole region, of course, was affected by the expansion of the Bantu tribes in the thirteenth century. Following European invasion as first “Explorers in the eighteenth century”, the British colonized the region into the British protectorates of Barotziland Northern Rhodesia towards the end of the nineteenth century. These settlements from the 1800s were merged in 1911 to form Northern Rhodesia. For most of the colonial period, Zambia was governed by an administration appointed from London with the advice of the British South African Company.

On 24 October 1964, Zambia became independent of the United Kingdom and prime minister Keneth Kaunda became the inaugural president. Kaunda’s socialist United National Independence Party (UNIP) maintained power from 1964 until 1991. Kaunda played a key role in regional diplomacy, cooperating closely with the United States in search of solutions to conflicts in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), Angola, and Namibia. From 1972 to 1991 Zambia was a one-party state with the UNIP as the sole legal political party under the motto “One Zambia, One Nation”. Kaunda was succeeded by Frederick Chiluba from the newly established opposition to the social-democratic Movement for Multi-Party Democracy in 1991, initiating a period of social-economic growth and government decentralization. Levy Mwanawasa became the chosen by the people of Zambia as a successor over Chiluba. He presided over Zambia from January 2002 until his death in August 2008 to be a reform leader credited with campaigns to reduce corruption and increase the standard of living. After Mwanawasa’s death, Rupiah Banda succeeded him as Acting President before being elected President in 2008. Holding the office for only three years, Banda stepped down after his defeat in the 2011 elections by the Patriotic Front Party leader Michael Sata who in his turn died in office as the second President to die in office.   Guy Scott served briefly as interim president until new elections were held on 20 January 2015, in which Edgar Lungu was elected as the sixth President of the Republic of Zambia.  The progressive regime democratically elected earned Zambia the recognition In 2010 by the World Bank as one of the world’s fastest economically reformed countries. Another emblem of progress is to have The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) headquartered in Lusaka

Reasons why you should visit Zambia:

Zambia is an endowed destination by nature. It is hands down one of the most beautiful and sophisticated places in Africa. Today, Zambia is by excellence the destination for active travelers to explore the beauty of nature and wildlife habitat millions of years old. Taking a safari in Africa is no longer an exotic discovery or a Richard Burton adventure. It is just as responsible as it is an exploratory approach to natural life and eco-system of fauna and flora that makes Africa the cradle of humanity and natural life exuberance continent by virtue.

Traveling to Zambia on a wildlife viewing Safari is indeed accessible to all kinds of adventuresome explorers and nature lovers from all webs of life.  Zambia has natural assets fit for the savvy the expedition oriented or the independent traveler who wishes to discover it privately as a customized adventure.  We at Sarah Discoveries, have it all figured out for you in our Zambia overland tours and Safari handpicked itineraries, nature-friendly, totally green with all the norms required for responsible travel.

Invariably, this stunning destination of Zambia mesmerizes visitors from around the world with its endowed diverse natural beauty. A landlock destination formerly called Rhodesia after Cecil Rhodes fro almost a century, with high plateaus,  stark mountains running vertically from south to north laced by lush farmland and savannas where elephant herds meander in an abundant pasture and lions roar far in the distance in a surreal sundowner from another planet. Beautiful setting beyond the imaginable but could be the reality of a dream that has captured your thoughts since your childhood, an overland trip or Safari to Zambia that is waiting to happen. We can not speak of this magic land without mentioning the Zambians, a culture that is unique in its own that offers a celebration of individuality, diverse in every sense with 11 official languages and many ethnic groups but all unified around a boundless resilience and laughter that rubs off you. Such irrepressible enthusiasm and Joie de vie are what you encounter while experiencing Zambia Safari, just as much as you will encounter the wildlife of diverse herds of fauna roaming on these plateaus and flocks of birds filling up the Zambian skies. We also offer adventure tours to Zimbabwe, Botswana, Tanzania, and South Africa among other destinations in Africa for small overland group tours and private customized expeditions 2020 and 2021

Zambia is respectfully a vibrant young country wealthy of its natural resources.  Apart from its iconic Victoria Falls, the country has a lot of natural water resources compared to other southern African nations. Other attractions include the famed Zambezi River, numerous national parks, vast species of wildlife and birds, as well as the vibrant culture of the country.  It is home for divers and various wildlife including the emblem of Africa, Big 5 (Lions, Rhino, Buffalo, Elephant, and Cheetahs). When you reach Zambia national parks you will feel what is Africa wilderness is all about.  You will find out for yourself that you have put your foot in the world’s largest game reserves.  Zambia is most famous for its rivers and dissected land in between that shelters herds out of this world, not just the Big 5 Game Attractions. Taking an overland expedition to Zambia with a Safari encounter is unlike anything you have ever imagined in your wildest travel dreams.

<p>Here is a challenge Zambia offers for adventuresome world travelers, a cruise along the Zambezi River, hiking the Muchinga Mountains, or witness the southern exposure of Victoria falls. If you love to explore overland adventure travel, do not miss our tour packages and one of a kind expeditions to Zambia. Just as a reminder, a Zambia Safari is a wealth of discoveries, historically, naturally, and unsurpassed reserves of wildlife.  Browse through our group expeditions or inquire for our private customized tours activities 2020 and 2021.

Our active tours to Zambia are replete with encounters and adventure challenges.  We are happy to take you on one of our expeditions around Zambia, a destination of a thousand rivers. Join our adventure trips, wildlife activities and safaris, or simply take a leisure trip enjoying our lakes, valleys and natural parks from a luxury lodge in Lusaka with excursions to Kafu National Park east or Lower Zambesi National Park south. Zambia holds a superb mild climate around the year. The best price is guaranteed for 2020 and 2021. Please note that all our overland tours to Zambia can be customized to a private Safari.

By Dr. Hamid Mernissi

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The beauty of ZAMBIA

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ZAMBIA

Despite high poverty levels and an overreliance on copper prices to keep cash flowing through the governmental coffers, Zambia has weathered the upheavals of post-colonial Africa better than most all of its near neighbors. This is not a country of coups and counter coups, but rather of democracy and capital investment. It’s a place where great engineering feats (just look to the Kariba Dam to see what we mean) sit side-by-side with natural wonders of the world: the winding Zambezi River; the gushing Victoria Falls.

Cities like Lusaka buzz with development, while old Copperbelt towns still churn out ores from their dusty hills. And all the while there’s Zambia’s wild side. This indifferently carries on all over the place. Antelopes hop and scurry through the miombo woods of the south, while elephants dodge leopards on the banks of Lake Tanganyika, and safari goers flock by their thousands to catch a glimpse of it all.

Lets explore the best places to visit in Zambia:

Siavonga

Lake Kariba

Cascading down to the banks of Lake Kariba in a patchwork of acacia trees, palms, rosewoods and forest figs, the verdant town of Siavonga has established itself as one of the premier holidaying spots in all of Zambia.

It’s peppered with excellent hotels that boast sunning terraces and cafes overlooking the water, while boats bob along the shoreline and the hills of the Zambezi Valley erupt all across the horizon.

On this – the largest reservoir in the world – it’s possible to enjoy oodles of watersports and recreational activities, while Siavonga itself is fringed by pretty beaches and walking trails.

Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park

Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park

The legendary ‘Smoke which Thunders’, Mosi-oa-Tunya is home to some of the most striking and unforgettable sections of the Victoria Falls. As the second-largest single cataract on the globe, it’s easy to see why that part of Zambia’s mighty river has garnered itself a UNESCO heritage tag.

And when you add in the populations of white rhinos, Angolan giraffes, zebras and the occasional elephant that also tread this way, it’s even easier to see why quite so many visitors flock to this corner of the country every year.

You’ll need good walking boots and a daring disposition at hand, ready for the narrow platforms of the so-called Knife-Edge Bridge that arches over the falls themselves!

Kasanka National Park

Kasanka National Park

A pint-sized place close to the straight-line border with the DRC in the middle of Zambia, Kasanka offers up a curious cross-section of Central African fauna.

Pangolins and mongoose stalk the countryside, while sable antelopes and hartebeest coalesce on the grassy meadows.

Granted, there are few – if any – of the so-called Big Five game here, but there are other, more niche opportunities, to encounter the continental ecology – think meandering boat journeys and fishing outings on the  Luwombwa River, sitatunga antelope stalking amidst the swamps, and some of the most amazing bat migrations known to man!

Kitwe

Kitwe

Kitwe has risen and risen in the last century to become one of Zambia’s most populous towns. Today, more than half a million folk call this one their home; most of whom sweat and toil away in the copper mines that first brought money to this corner of Central Africa.

When you arrive, you’ll be able to see the consequences of the booming mining industries here. They loom in the form of metal rigs above the dusty ground, and pop up amidst the stalls of the city’s Obote Ave Market – look for the curious handmade copper trinkets. Kitwe is also perfectly placed for further explorations among the towns of the greater Copperbelt.

Livingstone

Livingstone

The onetime capital of Zambia now bears the honorific moniker of perhaps the most famous explorer of the African continent who ever lived: David Livingstone.

In fact, the place is a fitting memorial to the Scottish expeditionary and anti-slavery campaigner, not least of all because it’s the gateway to the roaring cataracts of the Victoria Falls (Livingstone is said to have been the first explorer to have set eyes on the wonder!).

It’s also one of the best-loved places for safari goers and adventure travelers heading to Central Africa, famed for its ease-of-access to the legendary Zambezi National Park (in Zimbabwe), and the whitewater rapids of the Zambezi River to boot!

Nsumbu National Park

Nsumbu National Park

Ranging from the sandy shores of Lake Tanganyika to the scrub-clad hills of the country’s Northern Province, the Nsumbu National Park is a diverse and enthralling experience of the Central African hinterland.

It’s also something of a wildcard safari choice, only opening to mainstream visitors in the last couple of decades with the inauguration of gravel road connections to Kawambwa.

Highlights of the park include the gorgeous reaches of Kasaba Bay, where elephants can be seen wandering the swamps, and the meanders of the Lufubu River, which host everything from snapping crocs to water buffalo.

South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa National Park

One of the homes of the celebrated walking safari, the South Luangwa National Park spreads out between the rising mountains of eastern Zambia.

It’s trodden by elephant herds and hippos, countless buffalos and long-necked giraffes, straddling miombo woods and swaying savannah plains.

The biodiversity  makes it something of a picture of quintessential Africa, and the addition of lion prides does well to add to the rep.

You’ll be able to stroll the hinterland in the company of pastoralist guides, learning all about animal tracking, anti-poaching and conservation.

Kafue National Park

Kafue National Park

The oldest national park in all of Zambia is a real treat for those in search of a bona fide African safari experience.

Covering over 20,000 square kilometers, it remains one of the largest protected game areas on the continent, and boy does the biodiversity speak for itself! You’ll spot rare antelopes on the plains, and the elusive cheetah (hardly seen in these parts at all) stalking the riverine woods.

You’ll get the chance to encounter African wild dogs on the grasses, and see them prowling their territories in the company of elephants (there are an estimated 4,000 individuals here) and monitor lizards alike.

It’s all pretty bucket-list-busting stuff…

Lower Zambezi National Park

Lower Zambezi National Park

One of Zambia’s more off-the-beaten-track wildernesses lies between the borders of the Lower Zambezi National Park; a place yet untouched by the onslaught of mass safari going and ecotourism.

A patchwork of muddy banks and miombo gallery woods, the 4,000-square-kilometer area is known for its vast floodplain.

This seasonal wetland magnetizes groups of lions and elephants, buffalo and leopard, which all congregate here to water and feed.

Lower Zambezi can’t be reached by paved road, so a 4X4 or a chartered flight connection (a great way to survey the wilds of southern Zambia) is entirely necessary.

Blue Lagoon National Park

Blue Lagoon National Park

Just 100 kilometers outside of Lusaka is where visitors will find the otherworldly delights of the Blue Lagoon National Park.

Nestled atop the Kafue Flats, this vast floodplain of a reserve oscillates between cracked and sunbaked desert in the dry season and verdant watering hole when the rains come.

It’s when the pearly waters begin to swell that most visitors will arrive.

They go eager to spot rare birds in the canopies of acacias that line the little oxbow lakes and lagoons.

Or, they go to wonder at the prancing lechwe antelopes as they dance around the forests.


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