One of the best places to experience Africa up close and in person is Zambia. With dozens of national parks and Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the country offers a view of some of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet.
What is it like experiencing Zambia? It means getting your feet stuck in mud, soaking your T-shirt with sweat and staying in facilities that will not always have electricity or modern amenities. However, the beauty of the country more than sufficiently compensates for the lack of tourist infrastructure. After all, isn’t that part of the adventure?
Zambia is the only central African country that has won the name of "real" Africa. It is bordered by the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the northeast, Malawi to the east, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana to the south, and Angola to the west. Zambia has more national parks than any of its sister countries.
It is a stunning country and a great opportunity if you want to go on safari along the river plains of the Zambezi. While the neighboring country of Zimbabwe has the best view of the magnificent Victoria Falls, only in Zambia can one literally stand above them. If you’re looking for an action safari that includes helicopter rides or bungee jumping, there’s no better place to go.
The most interesting city in Zambia is Livingston, named after the missionary and researcher David Livingston. The town reflects its colonial heritage with Victorian buildings and verandas.
Along with the beauty of the country, Zambia festivals are world famous as some of the most amazing and spectacular events you can take part in. Festivals are held throughout the year and there are dozens of them, all organized by various tribes.
The best time to visit Zambia is traditionally during the winter months, from June to October, November. During the dry season, the water is less and less, so that all the animals concentrate around the remaining water sources and it is easier to see them. If you are a bird lover or you are especially interested in vegetation, then it is best to visit Zambia during the green season. Summer is a great opportunity to see how cubs are born, but then the chances are higher that you will get wet.
If you are visiting Zambia for the first time, be prepared for one hot, dirty, but extremely fantastic series of adventures.