What sums up Zambia the best is the exotic wildlife, numerous monuments, and historic museums. The cities of Lusaka (capital city), Livingstone, and Siavonga are perfect for a nice vacation with your loved ones. Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Zambezi River are two of the most popular attractions, located near Livingstone. The Mosi-Oa-Tunya (Victoria Falls), also known as The Smoke Which Thunders, is shared by both Zambia and the nearby Zimbabwe. The Zambian artworks and sculptures exhibited in the National Museum in Lusaka give travelers an opportunity to connect with the Zambian culture.
Best time to visit Zambia
If you are planning for a jungle safari trip, then the months of May to October is the ideal time to visit Zambia. September and October can get extremely hot so carry necessary clothing. Generally, Zambia experiences a tropical climate with variations according to the altitude. Taking Yellow Fever vaccination is a must while visiting this country.
How to reach Zambia
The major airlines like Jet Airways
, Emirates, Etihad Airways, and Air India
offer flight services to Zambia. Kenneth Kaunda International Airport located in Lusaka is one of the busiest international airports of Zambia. As there are no direct flights to Zambia from India, stopovers will be at layover airports in Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Mumbai, Johannesburg, or New Delhi. Popular means by which people travel in Zambia are by buses, cars, or trains.
Accommodation in Zambia
Lusaka, Kitwe, Livingstone, and Siavonga are some of the best places to stay in Zambia. The starting prices for an overnight stay at mid-range hotels at these places are INR 6,000, INR 7,500, INR 4,500, and INR 8,000 respectively. Prices may vary depending on the facilities offered at the hotels. Quality accommodation will be hard to find in rural areas, so it is better to stay in the major cities or tourist spots.
Must-visit places in Zambia
Zambia is home to many national parks, waterfalls, lakes, rivers, monuments, and museums. The prominent towns and cities of Zambia are Lusaka, Livingstone, and Siavonga.
Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, is a great place for shopping and sightseeing. Visit the National Museum to get a glimpse of Zambian paintings and sculptures. Top tourist attractions include Lusaka National Park, Munda Wanga Environmental Park, and Kalimba Reptile Park.
As it is located close to the Zambezi River and the famous Victoria Falls, Livingstone is a favorite among travelers from all over the world. Must-visit places include The Livingston Museum, The Ethnography and Art Gallery, The History Gallery, Railway Museum, and Reptile Park.
Siavonga is a popular tourist circuit owing to its beautiful natural surroundings and Lake Kariba. Cultural tours, birding tours, and tours to the dam are frequently organized for people visiting this town.
Shopping in Zambia
Shop for traditional Zambian artifacts at Kabwata Cultural Village in Lusaka and curios at Mukuni Park Curio Market in Livingstone. Besides artifacts, enjoy shopping for African printed fabrics, walking sticks, batiks, beads, drums, and spears. The locally made baskets and wood carvings are also good options. Arcades Shopping Centre and Lusaka City Market are two major places for souvenir hunting.
Eating out in Zambia
Maize is an integral part of traditional Zambian food. Nsima (maize-based dish) is served with stew called Relish, made with beef, fish, chicken, peanuts, or cabbage. Fast food and Indian food are also available in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka. If you want to sample local brews, try Masese or Ucwala made from maize, millet, or cassava.
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