The heart of Africa- inspired poets, beckoned explorers and continues to invite tourists. There is no better way to experience the real roots of Africa than to go to its heart. Located in Central Africa, Zambia is a country roughly the size of Texas but is packed with so much adventure; it takes a part of every tourist’s heart and keeps a record of all their promises to return. First things first, although Zambia is ideal for adventure seekers, there are a little bit of something for anyone who knocks at her doors.
Waterfalls of all Sizes
If you are a ‘waterfall’s addict’ like myself, Zambia has so many falls for you to admire from the mighty Victoria Falls to the simple beauty Ngonye Falls, your camera will love your shots. Here are just a few of your options:
Any holiday planner puts the Victoria Falls on top of the list and so should you. This majestic falls is locally called ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ or the “smoke that thunders”. This perfectly describes the deafening thunder-like noise that you hear as the Zambezi River drops 108meters with a width of 1688meters. Gaze at the columns of spray that can be seen from miles away and wait until the sunsets to be mesmerized by the view that your mind will have difficulty registering.
Other waterfalls you may want to explore include the Kalambo Falls located in the North. This falls drops 221meters down into a gorge and is considered the 2nd highest falls in Africa. The horseshoe shaped Ngonye Falls mark the transition point of the Zambezi River and interestingly the river flows underneath the rock on both sides of the falls- a sight indeed!
Wild life in the Wild
Zambia is also home to wide range of national parks that allow you to experience the wild in the wild- without those fences and barriers. Connect with your favourite wild animals up close and personal with the different safari tours available. If you plan to get holiday insurance on your trip, make sure it covers safaris ‘just in case’. Here are a few parks you can choose from:
park located in the centre of Western Zambia, it is the oldest, largest and most popular national part covering 22,400 square kilometres. To make sure you get to explore to your hearts delight, visit the park between June to October but if want a cheaper deal, choose the wetter months when the park often offers reduced rates. Antelopes, Cheetah’s, African Wild Dogs are additional treats aside from the big 5 (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and Rhino)
Kasanka National Park, in the South Western part of Lake Banguelo is the smallest covering 450 square kilometres but still has meadows, wetlands, lakes and rivers and off course a wide range of animals and birds.
It will take more than a single trip to satiate your appetite for Zambia so look out for a part 2 on the more relaxed, leisurely and even romantic adventures you can enjoy in the heart of Africa.