A landlocked country, on a savannah covered plateau, Zambia depends largely on its copper exports for survival, and it has not usually been considered a top tourism destination. The infrastructure is poor, but there are some outstanding natural attractions, and its wildlife reserves can justifiably claim to be one of Africa's great secrets. The Greatest One Day River Rafting trip takes in just below the first rapids below the mighty and awe inspiring Victoria Falls, this and bungy jumping off the Beit Bridge can be done from the Zambian side of the Zambezi River at a town called Livingstone (named after the great explorer of the 1800's).
The Luangwa National Park as another prime example of Zambia's treasures, a 9000 sq. km wilderness, is one of the great parks of Africa. The Luangwa is not easy to access, but this very remoteness leads to the area being considered by many to be the finest wild life habitat on the continent. Unlike in most other National Parks, private operators are allowed to conduct game outings by foot or vehicle, day or night. It is best to avoid the area in the rainy season, and getting in can be quite a performance, but for those who want to feel the real wilds, Luangwa is where to be.
Another attraction of Zambia is the north bank of Lake Kariba, and the Zambezi River below Kariba dam. Wilderness indeed, with the Lower Zambezi National Park, together with the Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe, creating a vast area where wildlife is king, and where the visitor will feel the pulse of an Africa past. Opposite the Victoria Falls area there are a number of excellent lodges on the Zambezi bank, while some 300 kms to the north is the 22500 sq. kms of the Kafue National Park, with the 370 sq. kms of Lake Itezhi-tezhi offering excellent game watching from the water.
The Kafue is the second largest wildlife habitat in Africa, with huge herds of land animals, together with thousand of hippo and crocodiles, basking in the 3 great rivers of the park. With 400 bird species recorded, Kafue is a perfect place for the wildlife enthusiast and birder, even though access is sometimes more complex than to the more commercial parks further south.
Zambia is not a country with great wealth, and not the place for shopping, apart from the some very special wooden carvings and curios that are made by hand in local villages, for extraordinary wildlife experiences, the visitor cannot do better.