Zambia

Currency: Zambian kwacha (ZWM) is Zambia’s currency.

Official languages: English

Visa: none needed

Independence: 24. October 1964 from Great Britain

Religion: Zambia is officially a Christian nation according to the 1996 constitution but a wide variety of religious traditions exist. Traditional religious thoughts blend easily with Christian beliefs in many of the country’s syncretic churches. About three-fourths of the population is Protestant while about 20% follow Roman Catholicism.

Souvenirs: Zambian curios are a display of the skill and workmanship that goes into the making of arts and crafts by Zambian craftsmen from all corners of the country. Zambian handicrafts includes pottery, metalworking, sleeping mats (reed mats), basketry, jewellery, African printed fabrics and African batiks, also known as chitenge.

Best time to visit: The climate of Zambia is tropical, classified as humid subtropical or tropical wet and dry, with small stretches of semi-arid steppe climate in the south-west and along the Zambezi valley.

The best time for game viewing in Zambia is during the dry season, May to October, when animals congregate around the rivers and waterholes. June through September is the best time to see Victoria Falls. The water is mid-to-low and the spray doesn’t block the view to the falls.

The wet season (November-April) is greener. You can see newborn animals. This is the best time for birdwatching and migratory birds are present. Rains are mostly short showers late in the afternoon and are seldom continuous for days.

Area: 752.618 km2

Population: 16.212.000 (2015, estimate)

Density: 17,2 per km2

MaTakaTaka Top 5 places to visit:

  1. Victoria Falls
  2. Luangwa National Park
  3. Lake Kariba
  4. Kafue National Park
  5. Lower Zambezi