Ten Places to Visit in Zambia
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- 1 Ten Places to Visit in Zambia
- 1.1 The Devil’s Pool- Victoria Falls
Say you’re looking for a place to visit this summer, and you’re looking for a country in Africa. You’d obviously look at the map and the first thing that would normally come to your mind is South Africa. No? Frankly, that’s what most people who look at the map of Africa look at but in all honesty, that’s not all that there is to see in Africa. A continent, once not even a part of the world map, and now one of the biggest tourist attractions- Africa holds a massive number of countries that may be the destination you wanted to visit this vacation; or maybe just want to now?
Africa is a large continent, you’d get lost in the smallest of jungles in the region, therefore, we’ll start with one of the best cities and countries there are to visit in the region.
Our star and a place worth visiting if you ever want to have a great holiday is Zambia! Landlocked right next to Zimbabwe, Zambia is a beautiful country with an infinitely large number of great places to visit but after extensive research; we’ve limited it down to ten special places that are a must visit in the country.
Therefore, starting in an ordered chronology;
The Devil’s Pool- Victoria Falls
At top we have The Devil’s Pool- Victoria Falls located in Livingstone.
This certain place will give you an adrenalin rush unlike any other. From the fast flowing water to the amazingly quick rapid that basically form the area; the devils pool is renowned to maintain its reputation of giving you an adventure to worth it. Arguably the world’s largest waterfall, Victoria Falls in Southern Province never ceases to amaze visitors. This is Zambia’s — and Zimbabwe’s — biggest tourist attraction. It still lives up to its local (Tongan) name, Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning “The Smoke that Thunders.”
Most of the visitors stay in the adjacent or nearby towns of Livingstone, Zambia or the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The upper falls are in Zambia while the lower portion is on the Zimbabwe side. Both offer different and spectacular views of this natural wonder. Of special note are the two statues of the explorer and missionary David Livingstone (1813-73) locate on each side of the falls. Livingstone is still revered by many Zambians, and the City of Livingstone is named after him. The best part about this place is that just like the Niagra Falls, it encompasses two separate yet unique and beautiful countries.
South Luangwa National Park
South Luangwa National Park is one of many national parks in Zambia, and the most popular, because it’s filled with abundant wildlife. It’s a short flight or a ten-hour drive from Lusaka via Eastern Province. Flying is more convenient but can be expensive. The daytime and nighttime game drives in South Luangwa are fabulous.
In the Northern Circuit, Zambia itself is keen to promote tourism in Northern Province on the Tanzanian border. Kasaba Bay is on the Lake Tanganika, one of Africa’s biggest and Great Lakes, that is currently under development as a major tourist destination. Once completed, sometime in the next decade, this area will boast several high-end resorts. Flying to the airport near Kasaba Bay, or into the regional capital, Kasama. Hire a car and/or travel the back roads through beautiful country with subtropical forests, colorful villages, and spectacular waterfalls which are overshadowed by Victoria Falls such as Chishimba Falls.
Lake Kariba: It is a place to spend a weekend on the world’s largest artificial lake. Located in Southern Province on the Zimbabwean border. You can stay in the town of Siavonga for a relaxing getaway. Take a boat cruise and visit Lake Kariba Dam. Dine on local crayfish.
Western Province/Barotseland: The western province, also called Barotseland, is a very large and comparatively remote province on the Angolan border. You have to fly to the capital, Mongu, and hire a car, or may self-drive. The province is the home to Liuwas National Parks, the most isolated, beautiful and least visited of all national parks in Zambia. It’s definitely worth a trip in November at the end of the dry season to see the world’s second largest wildebeest migration, when the herds turn south and head to Namibia. You may need a guide, though, the region has a very impassable terrain and you need an expert, even with a 4*4 vehicle.
Visiting a social compound could be amazing! Most Zambians live in neighborhoods known as “compounds.” You can ask a local whom you trust to take you in the daytime to one of the safer compounds. A good idea is to try drinking Shake-Shake (fermented cornmeal) at a local pub. Two of the only largest and safer compounds in Lusaka are the amazing Bauleni and Kalingalinga compounds. You can walk around the compound and savor the unique flavor of everyday Zambian life. Best part is to meet new friends who will be curious why you’re visiting.
The Kasank Bat Migration
The Kasank Bat Migration, that happens Each October, the world’s largest migration of giant fruit bats happens at the Kasank National Park in Northern Province. You will go mad with excitement or fear from the approximately eight million fruit bats (yes they’re scary) that swarm harmlessly above you.
The historic Railway Museum is a museum in Livingstone, Zambia, dedicated to perseveringly preserving Zambia’s railway heritage, alongside holding an exhibition on the history of the Jewish race in Zambia.
Victoria Falls Bridge
The very famous Victoria Falls Bridge crosses the Zambezi River just below the Victoria Falls. Victoria Falls bridge is built over the Second Gorge of the falls. It is a very famous and popular bungee jumping spot. An adventure filled the place with a heck of a view.
Batoka Gorge Hydroelectric Power Station
Batoka Gorge Hydroelectric Power Station is a 1,600MW hydroelectric power station. Planted on the Zambezi River across the International border between Zambia and Zimbabwe; it is a place worth visit since it has one heck of a view. As the French say, it is picturesque!