Zambia — Attractions
Natural attractions shine in Zambia. From Victoria Falls, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World to Lochinvar National Park, famed for the vast number of bird species that can be seen on foot, South Luangwa National Park in the east is the top spot for a safari, housing the largest concentration of wildlife in all of Africa.
One of the most amazing waterfalls in the world, at more than twice the size of Niagara Falls, it took an estimated 100,000 years of erosion for Victoria Falls to be naturally created. Named Mosi-oa-Tunya (“Smoke that Thunders”) by the local Lozi people, Scottish missionary David Livingstone changed its name to Victoria Falls in 1855. The surrounding area has been designed to give visitors the most up close and personal experience, with its bridge over the gorge allowing for spectacular views. The spray causes permanent rain and beautiful rainbows, as well as the picture-worthy smoke. A must-see for all, there are plenty of extreme activities that can be enjoyed in the surrounding rapids and gorges, and from a bird’s eye view.
Address: Zambezi Basin
South Luangwa National Park
Zambia’s most visited national park is a wildlife sanctuary and one of the best spots to see Africa’s amazing creatures. The 5,624 square meter park is home to Thornicraft’s giraffe, Crawshay’s zebra, leopards, lions, puku, hippos, baboons, and elephants. Over 400 species of birds also inhabit the area, which is made up of dry woodland. It is one of the few parks that allow for night safaris so many opt to spend at least one night here. There are plenty of lodges right inside, as well as camping sites for those going at it independently.
Address: Mambwe, Northern Plateau
Dag Hammarskjöld Memorial Crash Site
This national monument in Zambia represents the place where the second United Nations Secretary General died in a plane crash. Dag Hammarskjöld was on his way to the Democratic Republic of Congo for a cease-fire agreement when the unexpected happened. At the site, there is a memorial garden and a museum that displays remnants of the accident and information about Dag’s life and his work with the UN.
Address: Ndola West Forest Reserve, Ndola, Copperbelt
Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
Technically where Victoria Falls is located, the other half of the park is a wildlife sanctuary with palm trees, grasslands and miombo woodland. The ravine forest is home to a plethora of native Zambian wildlife and birds, and is often explored by raft or canoe along the Zambezi River.
Address: Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambezi Basin
Africa’s tallest uninterrupted waterfall, Kalambo Falls is a 235 meter single drop spectacle near the border of Tanzania. It is one of the most important archeological sites in Africa as it has evidence of human activity dating back more than 250,000 years in the form of Acheulian artifacts that were found at Kalambo Gorge from the time of 300,000 BC. The Zambian falls are a breeding ground for the massive marabou stork.
Address: Mbala, Northern Plateau
The world’s largest artificial lake was made after the completion of the Kariba Dam, which floods the Kariba Gorge into the Zambezi River. The lake is 140 miles long and 20 miles wide, and is a great place for leisure activities like fishing, boating and camping and is the closest thing Zambia has to a resort.
Address: Zambezi Basin
Choma Museum & Crafts Project
This museum preserves the culture and heritage of the Tunga tribe. It houses examples of traditional Tonga artifacts, including beadwork, woodwork, carvings and baskets. Products are made and sold on site, which help the local people to be self-sustainable. It exports many of the crafts overseas, especially Tonga baskets.
Address: Highway T1, Choma, Zambezi Basin
Munda Wanga Environmental Park
This environmental park is an education center, botanical garden and wildlife sanctuary all rolled into one. It teaches children about the plants and animals with over 1,000 species of flora on site. Tours are offered every weekend to learn about their herbal remedies, while the wildlife sanctuary houses 45 different types of fauna that are native to Zambia, some of which were rescued from illegal trade. These animals are rehabilitated and released back into the wild.
Address: Plot 175 Kafue Road, Chilanga, Lusaka