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Travel highlights Zambia

travel highlights Zambia

Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Animal Orphanage
On the headwaters of the Kafue River, sixty kilometers west of Chingola, lies the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage. Aside from Chimpanzees, Chimfunshi does have a host of other animals benefiting from the care of David and Sheila Siddle.

Lake Mweru
This beautiful lake is located on the far north-west border of Zambia and is shared more or less equally with Zaire. The Luapula River flows in from the south having formed the official border between northern Zambia and Zaire. It also drains out from the lake in the north. The Kalungwishi river flows in from the east. Both river mouths form important deltas that serve as fish breeding grounds.

Livingstone sprang up when the Zambezi Gorge was first bridged in 1904. Named after David Livingstone, it has remained a tourist hub for over one hundred years. The main street of this quaint colonial town is the important Mosi-oa-Tunya Road, sections of which are lined with classic colonial buildings. These Victorian tin roofed houses with wooden verandas, many of which are decaying, are a typical example of the English settler architecture.

Lusaka is a sprawling, swollen city has a certain African charm, although it has grown too fast . Lusaka didn't exist until 1930 and was then just a sleepy agricultural centre. It became the capital in 1935 but serious growth didn't occur until the 1960's. The size of the city has tripled since then, and Lusaka is bursting at the seams. The city has been receiving a face-lift over recent years. New shops, fast food outlets and even a multimillion-dollar shopping mall are being built. The most attractive thing about Lusaka is its climate. The summers are warm and sunny, spotted here and there with thundershowers and the winters are mild with stacks of sunshine.

National Parks
Zambia has some of the finest game reserves in the world, and some of the most remote and unspoilt. The Luangwa Parks teem with herds of animals the way much of Africa used to, and the Lochinvar National Park has a bird species for every square kilometre. A visit to Zambia is not complete without a visit to one of her beautiful parks.List of Parks:
Bangweulu Floodplains - thousands of endemic black lechwe antelope and the rare Shoebill Stork
Blue lagoon Vast floodplains are home to numerous birds, many waterbirds and the Kafue Lechwe antelope
Kafue - One of Africa's biggest parks, teeming with game, good lion, vast herds of antelope.
Kasanka Superb birding, fishing and the rare sitatunga antelope
Liuwa Plains - annual wildebeest migration, great predators including wild dog
Lochinvar - A wetland birders paradise. Small and accessible boasting huge herds of Kafue Lechwe
Lower Zambezi - intense game along the banks of the River, canoeing safaris highly recommended
Luambe - Between North and South Luangwa this small park is being rehabilitated and game is moving back.South Luangwa - Rated one of the top game reserves in the WorldNorth Luangwa - Very wild, access with safaris operators only
Mosi-o-Tunya All of Zambia's plains game, rhino, elephant, giraffe, just minutes from Victoria Falls
Nyika - A highland park, excellent birds, awesome views, large herds of antelope, notably elandSioma Ngwezi Undeveloped and wild, teak forests, good elephant, roan antelope
Sumbu - On the shores of Lake Tanganyika, excellent fishing.Other smaller parks: Luambe, Lavushi Manda, Isangano, Mweru Wantipa, Lukusuzi.

Victoria Falls
The Victoria Falls are one of the world's most spectacular plunges. These immense and awe-inspiring falls are known to the local Kololo people as the ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya' or Smoke Which Thunders'. The official name for this breathtaking spectacle is Victoria Falls, named by David Livingstone in 1885 when he ‘discovered' them.For close-up views of the Eastern Cataract there is a spectacular walk across the footbridge, through swirling clouds of mist, to the Knife Edge. There is the possibility for river boating, white-water rafting, abseiling, r jet-boating, bungee jumping and other activities.

Zambezi River
The Zambezi is Africa's fourth largest River system, after the Nile, Zaire and Niger Rivers. It runs through six countries on it's journey from central Africa to the Indian Ocean. Its unique value is that it is less developed than others in terms of human settlement and many areas along it's banks enjoy protected status.