Backpacking Zambia


Zambia has a vast array of impressive places to visit. Conditions are sometimes a bit rugged, but with a bit of determination and some African cheer, all of the locations below are easily accessible by bus, train or hitching. You'll get a chance to escape from the hordes of tourists, and traveling isn't always about white-gloved, five star service now is it? It's about missing the one o'clock bus (because it went at ten o'clock that day) and spending the afternoon in a shebeen swapping stories with the locals. Or spending an extra day on the lake just so you can see that amazing sunset one more time. Zambia has enough of the amenities to be comfortable, but is certainly still rustic enough for some good old fashioned adventure. Just be warned, most travellers choose to spend a lot more time in Zambia than they had originally 'planned'.

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Places to go

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  1. Kafue National Park
  2. South Luangwa National Park
  3. North Luangwa National Park
  4. Liuwa Plains National Park
  5. Kasanka National Park
  6. Lower Zambezi National Park
  7. Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
  8. Bangweulu Wetlands
  9. Capital City of Lusaka
  10. Kapiri Mposhi
  11. Town of Mongu
  12. Lake Tanganyika
  13. Mpulungu
  14. Mbala
  15. Ndola/Kitwe
  16. Chipata
  17. Lake Kariba/Siavonga
  18. Chimfunshi Wildlife Sanctuary
  19. Shiwa N'gandu
  20. Kapishya Hot Springs
  21. David Livingstone Memorial
  22. Kundalila Falls
  23. Livingstone/Victoria Falls


Facts about Zambia

  1. Zambia with an area of 752,614 sq km is part of the Southern Central African plantation and lies between 1,060 and 1.363m above sea level
  2. Zambia has a population of about 10 million people, half of which is under the age of 15 years and 45% of the population lives in towns. The annual growth rate is 3.7%
  3. Zambia has 73 identified language groups, all of these are Bantu speaking and each of these has it's own cultural identity including social systems and it's own tradition territory
  4. Zambia has numerous colorful traditional ceremonies, among the better known are the Kuomgboka, Umutomboko, Likumbi, Lyamize and the Nc'wala ceremonies.
  5. Zambia is a Christian nation but everyone in the country has a right to religious freedom. Religion has a central role in Zambian life and church attendance is high
  6. Zambia's Copper mining industry is one of the main sources of wealth contributing over 65% of the country's foreign exchange earnings.