Zambia Tourism

 

WELCOME TO ZAMBIA

A haven of peace and development. Zambia, a most welcoming destination and a peaceful nation since independence over 50 years ago. One of the fastest growing economies in Africa registering annual growth rate of 6%. Land of the legendary African walking safari, home of the Victoria falls, the wild Zambezi River, breath taking lakes and wetlands, a profusion of birds, abundant wildlife, and raw, pulsating wilderness.....all in one friendly country.

The wildlife is superb and some of the finest safaris on the planet are available from our lodges and safari companies.

Acknowledged as one of the safest countries in the world to visit, Zambia’s welcoming people live in harmony. Blessed with more than 17 magnificent waterfalls in addition to the spectacular Victoria Falls, lakes and plentiful rivers offering excellent fishing. Zambia offers tours to ‘cascade followers’, into the remote underdeveloped rural areas where you can get a glimpse of village life. Zambia has the largest water resources in the whole of southern Africa with 5 massive lakes and plentiful rivers. A wide range of hi-action activities from the legendary walking safari in pristine wilderness, to world class river rafting , bungi into  the deep gorge below the Victoria falls 111 meters, Abseiling , canoeing safaris down the Zambezi, River surfing, excellent tiger fishing and breath taking sunsets.

QUICK FACTS ABOUT ZAMBIA

 

Location: Southern Africa, East of Angola, between latitude 8 S and 18 S and between 20 E and 35 E , landlocked with eight neighbours, Angola , Botswana , Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi , Tanzania and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Size: 752,614 km²

Population: 16,000.000 , GDP per capital: K6,950,594 equivalent to  (1,500 $)

Capital City: Lusaka

Weather: (Altitude 1,277 meters above sea level (18® C – 31 ®C), coldest July 9®C – 23 ®C, and wettest, December (231 mm.)In a normal year, the rainy season lasts from October to April.

Climate: Tropical

Natural Resources: Copper , Cobalt, nickel, diamond, coal , uranium, water.

Land Use: Arable land: 60 million hectors. Only 15% of arable land is cultivated. 35% of total fresh water resources in southern Africa is found in Zambia

Major Tourist Attractions: Victoria Falls( one of the 7 wonders of the world) Kariba Dam( one of the largest man made lakes) kalambo Falls ( one of the deepest Falls in Africa) 20 national parks and 34 game management areas as well as 23 million hectors devoted to the conservation of an amazing variety of wild animals and bird species. The country also holds a number of traditional ceremonies including the Kuomboka, Ncwala , Likumbi Lyamize, Shimunga , Mutomboko.

International Dailing  code: +260 /Internet Domain: .zm / measures: metric system

Currency: Zambian Kwacha (ZMW)=Ngwee ATMs: Available countrywide. Master and Visa are widely acceptable.

Visas: www.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm

Electricity: 3 pin plug British type 240 v    Emergency: 999 

 

Map of Africa showing the location of Zambia

 

TRAVELLING INFORMATION

Zambia's main airport is Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN), located 14km from the central business district, Lusaka. From Lusaka, you can fly or drive between cities. There is no direct flight for now from Turkey to Zambia. However, one can travel to Zambia via Dubai, Qatar, South Africa and Ethiopia. It takes about 12 hours to reach Zambia from Turkey.

VISA

The fee is US $50. Visitors to Zambia must obtain a visa from one of the Zambian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries whose citizens are eligible for visa on arrival. Turkish citizens are eligible to obtain Visa on arrival at the point of entry. Visitors may alternatively obtain an electronic visa. All visitors must hold a passport valid for at least 6 months.

WHERE TO STAY IN ZAMBIA

Zambia has a wide range of accommodation options and you can choose from fabulously luxurious riverside lodges, 5 star hotels like the Hotel Intercontinental, Radisson Blu, Marriot, Taj Pamozi Hotel, Loyal Livingstone, Holiday Inn and stylish tented safari camps, rustic and remote bush camps, to homely guesthouses and self catering chalets, backpackers, campsites, perhaps a houseboat or even a mud hut in a rural village where you can experience true Zambian village life and fare

TRADITIONAL FOODS

Zambian cuisine is heavily centered around nshima, which is a food prepared from pounded white maize. Nshima is part of nearly every Zambian meal. In addition to nshima, Zambian cuisine comes with various types of relish which may include deliciously cooked vegetable, meat, fish, or poultry dish. By comparison to other cultures, Zambian recipes tend to hardly use any hot spices at all. However, they use other traditional ingredients and spices that give Zambian foods that distinctive unique taste and flavor.

Zambia’s’ staple food, Nshima saved with Kapenta and vegetables

WHAT TO SEE IN ZAMBIA

Zambia is commonly regarded as one of the most beautiful, friendly, diverse and unspoilt countries on the entire African continent. Aside from the majestic Victoria Falls, Zambia has more natural water resources than any other southern African country, including a myriad of other falls dotted across the country, not to mention the famous Zambezi River. The many National Parks offer great opportunities for observing Africa’s plains game and their attendant predators, whilst bustling urban areas offer a taste of eclectic Zambian culture.

National Parks in Zambia

About 30 % of Zambia’s 752,614 square kilometers is reserved for wildlife. There are 20 national parks and 34 game management areas in the country.  South Luangwa, Kafue and Lower Zambezi rank among the finest game parks in the world.

Luambe, and Lukusuzi Liuwa Plain, West Lunga, Sioma Ngwezi, and Nyika Plateau have substantial wildlife but are still undeveloped. Mosi-oa-Tunya, near Victoria Falls, is regarded as a Zoological park as it has a well managed population of antelope, elephants, giraffe and rhino, but does not have any predators.

Isangano, Lavushi Manda, Lusenga Plain, and Mweru Wantipa have never had management or facilities and have little wildlife but are still worth a visit by intrepid explorers and birdlovers. The newest park to be proclaimed is Lusaka National Park, just outside the capital, which opened to the public in June 2015.

Walking safari in Zambia

In approximate order of importance in terms of wildlife resources, the 9 main functioning parks, all with access and accommodation are:

Popular Parks (alphabetically)

Accommodation at a river bank in Livingstone

IV. USEFUL CONTACTS OF GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN THE TOURISM SECTOR

 

S/N

NAME

ADDRESS

TELEPHONE/ FAX

E-MAIL/ URL

1

Zambia Development Agency (ZDA)

 

 

P.O. Box 30819, Lusaka

T: 260-211-220177 F: 260-211-293223

info@zda.org.zm

www.zda.org.zm

2

Ministry of Tourism and Arts

P.O. Box 30055, Lusaka

T: 260-211227645/ 223930 F: 260-211-229421

(E-mail and web domain names to be activated in due course)

 

 

3

Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA)

 

 

P.O. Box 32020, Lusaka

T: 260-211-255127 F: 260-211-255426

pro@pacra.org.zm www.pacra.org.zm

4

Zambia Environment Management Agency (ZEMA)

 

 

P.O. Box 35131, Lusaka

T: 260-211-254130/ 254023/59 F: 260-211-254164

www.zema.org.zm

5

National Heritage Conservation Commission (NHCC)

 

P.O. Box 320013, Lusaka

T: 260-211-226506

F: 260-211-226506

nhccecr@iconnect.zm

www.zambiaheritage.org.zm

 

6

National Museums Board of Zambia (NMBZ)

P.O. Box 50491, Lusaka

T: 260-211-233961 F: 260-211-220204

nmboard@zamnet.zm

www.museumszambia.org

 

7

Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA)

Private Bag 1, Chilanga,

Lusaka

T: 260-211- 278513 /366 F: 260-211-278244 /365

 

 

info@zawa.org.zm

www.zawa.org.zm

8

Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA)

P.O Box 31009

Lusaka

T: 260-211-250632/42/87

F: 260-211-250633

 

 

info@zppa.org.zm

www.zppa.org.zm

9

Zambia Tourism Agency

1st Floor, Petroda House,

Great East,

P.O Box 30017,

Lusaka

T: 00260 211 229087/9 F: 00260 211 225174

www.zambiatourism.com info@zambiatourism.org.zm ztb@zambiatourism.org.zm