Zambian tourism is mainly based on eco-tourism/safari for destinations such as the Lower Zambezi, South Luangwa and Kafue national parks and business tourism being supported by commercial centres of Lusaka and the copper belt.
Zambian tourism is not highly commercialized yet and most of the areas are not overcrowded.
Ask any newly arrived visitor to mention any interesting places or things in Zambia and the answers will obviously be limited to the Victoria Falls, Wildlife and the Zambezi River.
Well, the country has got much more to offer and there are a lot of interesting places other than the Victoria Falls, the abundant wildlife or the Mighty Zambezi River.
The following are some events and adventure activities in Zambia that you rarely hear about:
You can relax and enjoy the scenery while you are taking a cruise on any one of the following luxury vessels:
Southern Belle is operated by Protea Hotels and it is the largest house boat in Zambia. It is one of the house boats plying the waters of Lake Kariba.
2. Lady Betty is a self-contained 80 sitter houseboat operating on the Kafue River at the Kafue River Cliff, 57 kilometers from Lusaka.
3. HMV Makumbi, operated by the Victoria Falls Waterfront (Livingstone), runs daily sunset cruises up the Zambezi River. The cruise, which includes an assortment of drinks and snacks, lasts until night fall.
4. The African Queen and The African Princess are sister vessels. They offer the best of the mighty Zambezi River experience and guarantees you a memorable Zambezi river sunset cruise!
Some of the interesting events like the fruit bats migration at Kasanka National Park are not often known.
The Fruit bats migration is the largest mammal migration in the world. The Bats migrate during the months of November and December from the central African region to Kasanka National Park, in central Zambia.
Zambia has a lot of traditional ceremonies estimated to number over 20. They are held all year round according to each tribe and the date varies from year to year.
Zambian waterfalls are a sight to marvel at. From the Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world, to the Kalambo Falls, the second highest waterfall in Africa and one of the highest in the world.
The Zambian museums exist for the purpose of preserving, interpreting, protecting and managing of Zambia’s historical relics and the country’s heritage.
Below are some of Zambia’s most well-known Archeological Sites and Archeological findings:
1. Ing’ombe Ilede
Ing’ombe Ilede (‘sleeping cow’) was discovered in 1960 during civil engineering works. It is one of the most important archeological sites in Zambia. The excavations done at the site have helped historians understand the development of trade in the region.
Ing’ombe Ilede is found in the Southern Province of Zambia, on a hill near the confluence of the Zambezi and Lusitu rivers, near Siavonga, close to the Kariba dam.
2. Broken Hill man
Kabwe town was once upon a time called broken hill town, after the skull of the Broken Hill man discovered in Kabwe by Tom Zwigelaar, on 17-06-1921. It is now on display at the Natural History Museum in London.
Below are some of the markets stocking crafts and curios:
1. Pakati Sunday market (Arcades Shopping Centre-Lusaka)
2. Henry Tayali Visual Arts Centre (Headquarters of the Zambia National Visual Arts Council –ZNVAC, showgrounds, Lusaka).
3. Kabwata Cultural Village (Burma Road, Lusaka)
4. Dutch Reformed Church Market (Dutch Reformed Church, Lusaka)
Looking for Zambia hotels, lodges and guesthouses? This is the right place for you!
Natwange Backpackers offers high quality accommodation for a low budget and is located at 20 Kariba Road, Kalundu in Lusaka, just 18 kilometres away from Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.
Chaminuka Lodge offers luxurious accommodation, spectacular views over Lake Chitoka where you can behold the most glorious sunsets of Africa.
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