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Travel Guide: Zambia Highlights

12th Oct 2011 1:55am | By Editor

From thundering smoke to intimate game viewing.

Victoria Falls

The local Kololo tribe gave the falls its indigenous name: Mosi-oa-Tunya (The Smoke that Thunders).

The falls on the Zambezi River on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe are spectacular. The spray can be seen from miles away as 546 million cubic meters of water per minute plummet 100 metres over a width of almost two kilometres into a deep gorge. The falls transform the Zambezi from a wide placid river to a torrent.

The Lower Zambezi National Park

This is Zambia’s newest Park. Although it is still undeveloped, it’s beauty lies in it’s wilderness state. It offers the opportunity to get close to game wandering in and out of the Zambezi river channels. The Park lies opposite the Mana Pools Reserve in Zimbabwe creating one large wildlife sanctuary.

The park is 4-092 square kilometres, but most of the game is found in the river valley. Large herds of elephant are often seen at the rivers edge. Buffalo and waterbuck are also common with a healthy population of lion and leopard.

Lake Kariba

Lake Kariba is often described as Zambia's own Riveira!  It offers great views, long sunsets, fishing, boating and water sports.

As Africa's largest man made dam (it is 226kilometres long and in places up to 40 kilometres wide) the size makes one forget it's a dam. Rent a houseboat to spend a few days on the water and under the sun. Visitors say the evening twilight under the full moon is just magical.

Sport fishing on the lake is world-renowned. The annual Tiger Fishing Competition in May attracts anglers from all over the subcontinent.