Zambia: The Real Africa


Zambia is a big country as large as France, Switzerland, Austria and Hungary combined, covering some 750,000 square kilometers and lying in the tropical belt on South Central Africa, 10 to 18 degrees South of the equator.

Being on a fairly high plateau, averaging 1,300m above sea level, the climate is very temperate with little humidity. The country is landlocked, but has many lakes and rivers with beaches and water sports to be enjoyed in uncrowded and unclustered surroundings.

Indeed the unspoiled nature of Zambia is perhaps its greatest tourist asset. Rich in scenery and wildlife, Zambia today has become the tourist heart of a great continent which offers something that is becoming progressively rare in this shrinking world, the chance to escape from holiday masses and savour something of an environment that has remained unchanged since the very beginning of time.


Although within tropical latitude, the general height of the plateau gives Zambia a moderate climate which has earned Zambia the appropriate nickname, the "air conditioned state."

There are three distinct seasons cool and dry from May to August, hot and dry from September to November, and warm and wet from December to April. Only in the valleys of the Zambezi and Luangwa Rivers is there excessive heat particularly in the hottest month of October, and it is only during the wet season that there is any noticeable degree of humidity.


For the traveler who wants to enjoy the Real Africa, untouched and at its greatest, Zambia offers walking safaris unmatched anywhere else in the world. Zambia National Parks contain the largest variety of animals with viewing and photo opportunities, up close, as nature intended the animals to be viewed. Safari operators based in Zambia are happy to tailor make all safari arrangements based on your budget.


The one sight that every visitor to Africa MUST see is the famous Victoria Falls, one of the seven great natural wonders of the world. Located on the Zambesi River in Zambia, Victoria Falls is over a mile wide, dwarfing Niagara Falls by comparison. During flood season, over 3 million gallons per second pour over the falls to the bottom of the chasm, almost 400 feet below! The falls can be viewed from the Knife Edge Footbridge, which spans a narrow ridge of rock between an island facing the falls and the mainland. The bridge allows you to get so close to the falls, you should carry a raincoat or umbrella with you. The spray of water allows you to FEEL this awesome display of nature!

Sundown Cruiser and Rafting, on the Zambesi River is also available. The nearby town of Livingstone, named for the British explorer Dr. David Livingstone, with its historical museum and many fine hotels and casinos, is considered Zambia's tourist capital.


One of the greatest concentrations of game in Africa is packed into the magnificent country of Zambia. Elephants are everywhere; it is impossible not to see them. The river lagoons are full of hippopotami. The black rhinoceros, though secretive, is readily seen. And so are the giraffe, and herds of buffalo, zebra, and numerous variety of antelope, waterbuck, impala, kudu, roan and puku. The best time to find lions is in the early morning, when they often sun themselves in family groups near a recent kill. Leopards are also widespread, but as they are primarily nocturnal animals, it is difficult to find them by day. Other animals you will almost certainly see are monkeys, baboons, warthogs, hyenas and possibly wild dogs.


Safari arrangements are made through all accredited safari companies. Accommodations are clean, adequate and the food is excellent. Zambia offers a walking safari with tent accommodations, stationed about six or eight miles apart. Game viewing from a 4 wheel drive vehicle is also available. In the evening, you will be able to watch an amazing procession of animals, as they come to the waterholes to drink. Most visitors can get photos of the "Big Five" game animals. Safety is provided by experienced, gun bearing guides accompanying each walking safari, usually limited to from 8 to 10 persons. The danger factor is extremely low, but the safari can get you very close to the animals.

"Old Hand" game watchers and safari walkers feel that Zambia has the greatest concentration of game in Africa.


Zambia's greatest asset in their game reserves is water. Each large reserve has a river or lake to provide water during the dry season from May to November. With the Leccmpee River, the Kafue River, the Zambesi River and Lake Tangayika, furnishing water in the dry season. You can always count on a congregation of wild animals and bird life coming to the waterholes for a drink. One of the delights of life on safari is the food. Carefully planned, it is both hearty and very tasty. Since subsistence hunting is permitted by Safari operators, you are in for a treat with barbecued game such as Quail and Guinea fowl. You will never forget it.


Whether you plan your trip yourself or use the services of a tour operator, start with an information packet from the Zambia National Tourist Board. A phone call or a letter requesting personalized service will be honored. Your plane trip via Zambia Airways, on the very latest aircraft, can be arranged with a stopover in London. You can do it on your own, or have your travel agent secure a package plan for you, including air fare. You'll find fees to be quite reasonable.

For the experience of a lifetime, write to:

                          Zambia National Tourist Board
                          Zambia HouseŃ237 East 52nd St.
                          New York, NY 10022 USA
                          Phone: 212-308-2155 or