Top 3 must-see places in Zambia
When you think of Zambia, do you think of thunderous Victoria Falls? This magnificent sight (and sound!) Draws visitors from around the world to experience a magical and poignant world of mist, cold water, and abundant wildlife. However, as extraordinary as the falls are, Zambia has much more to offer the visitor. While a trip to Victoria Falls may be almost a must on your itinerary, be sure to experience the other amazing attractions in the country. Here are three must-see sites to start your Zambian adventure.
Munda Wanga Environmental Park
In the middle of the capital and largest city of Zambia, you will find a peaceful wildlife sanctuary where visitors can get up close and personal with the flora, fauna and wildlife of Zambia. More than 250 animals are housed at Munda Wanga; many are rescued from the illegal pet trade. These animals are rehabilitated and released into the wild. The park also has a Botanical Garden with more than 1,000 species of exotic and endemic plants. Not only is this a great place to view African game, it also provides visitors with information on conservation, climate change, poaching, and the illegal trade in animals. It’s easy to forget that you are in one of the fastest growing cities in Africa when you visit Munda Wanga.
Kafue National Park
Kafue, which is twice the size of Yellowstone National Park, is home to an incredible diversity of wildlife, plants, and habitats. Fed by the Kafue River, the park features Miombo forests, savanna grasslands, dambos (which become swampy in the rainy season), swamps, and plains. The Busanga Swamp at the northern end of the park, for example, is home to herds of herbivores, as well as their large predators. When you see herds of impalas, warthogs, or pukus, you know that lions and cheetahs lurk in the shadows waiting. Kafue is one of the most important nature reserves and wetlands in Africa.
Enjoy the Zambian city life. The capital offers opportunities to experience traditional markets, villages such as Kabwata Cultural Village, as well as eclectic shopping corners that are scattered throughout Lusuka. The Anglican Cathedral is a highlight, as is Soweto’s New Market. At the Lilayi Lodge, you can see the most exciting wildlife and enjoy the restaurants and lounging by the pool. This is the place to eat, drink and enjoy the night life. Just be sure to store your valuables at your hotel and keep a close eye on your money.
Zambia is teeming with more than wildlife; it is an incredibly beautiful, unique and, best of all, friendly country that is waiting to welcome you.