Why travel in Zambia

The landlocked country of Zambia gets its name from the prominent Zambezi River that flows through it and for many it is the main reason to visit Zambia. The small population of the country is mainly concentrated in the capital Lusaka or around the rich copper belt. In the south, Zambia borders all the northern neighbors of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Namibia. DRC is on the northern border and Tanzania on the northeastern border, while Malawi on the eastern side and Angola on the western border.

The area was visited peacefully, it seems, sporadically by British explorers in the 18th and 19th centuries without much effort to colonize the area. In the late 1800s, by peaceful agreement with local leaders, the area became the British protectorate known as Northern Rhodesia. For most of the colonial period, the region was never ruled by more than 400 ex-patriotic British administrators. This is a small number compared to some of the British colonies of our time and could not have been achieved without the cooperation of local rulers and citizens. In 1964 the country became independent, became part of the Common Wealth of Nations and was given the name Zambia.

Despite being recognized by the World Bank as the most progressive economy in the world, 68% of the population still lives below the recognized poverty line. The economy traditionally relied on copper mining until production declined in the 1970s and the world price of copper took a nosedive. Today Zambia has a lot to gain from the tourism industry. Being located in the sub-Saharan portion of Africa, it has the same abundance of wildlife and wildlife sanctuary that have made Botswana, South Africa, and Namibia such favorites with overseas travelers.

The Kafue National Park is the oldest and largest national park in Zambia, at 22 400 square kilometers it is the second largest national park in the world and almost the size of Wales. The wildlife is abundant here and the Big 5 are in residence. As many as twenty lions have been spotted in the park, attracted by the huge herd of antelopes that graze in the area, as well as by wild bees and zebras. Included in the park are the Busahnga Plains, a vast expanse of wetlands that has never been spoiled by human development.

Another major source of tourist income is the Zambezi River and the fishing available. Fishing on the Zambezi River is some of the best in the world, and the world famous game fish, the tiger fish, is found in abundance here, attracting big game anglers from all over the world. The Tiger Fish is known as a ferocious hunter and any angler worth their salt will want to try and catch one. The reputation they have built comes from their amazing speed and sharp teeth. Some anglers claim they are one of the fastest, if not the fastest freshwater fish in the world. They can grow up to 30 pounds, although anything between 15 and 20 pounds is considered a decent trophy.