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Many want to see the ‘real’ Africa which is just what beautiful Zambia provides, but due to Zambia’s size and bad roads it can be tricky for independent travellers to get around. That’s why a Trafalgar tour is the perfect way to explore this vast and unique country, because from the broad flat plains to the steaming rainforest, we’ll get you there with ease.
Spectacular water dominates the country; Zambia is even named after the gushing Zambezi River which is home to intriguing creatures like crocodiles and hippos. More lakes and breathtaking waterfalls lie in Zambia than in the rest of the subcontinent; there are five major waterfalls on the Kalungwishi river system alone, so you’ll soon forget that Zambia is actually landlocked! You’ll be drifted towards rivers and waterfalls wherever you go, ultimately lured to the central tourist attraction, the incredible Victoria Falls. But beyond the mist of that roaring wonder there’s much more of Zambia to discover. Zambia may lack the monstrous mountains of its neighbours but it has more flushing red miomno woodland than anywhere else, drenched in the sweet scent of Brachystegia flowers.
The capital of Zambia is Lusaka in the South, where lively markets and heaps of shopping, restaurants and monuments are waiting for your adoration. Zambia’s inhabitants proudly mix Bantu culture with European influences and today you’ll find rich traditional arts still going strong, with pottery, basketry, textiles, wooden carvings, wine and copper crafts created with admirable fervour. If you’re blessed with the opportunity to listen to some local Zambian music, you’ll be entranced by the rapturous drum-based melodies. Congolese rumba is also prevalent in Zambia and you may well witness it after a meal of maize (made into a thick porridge called Nshima), eaten with vegetables, beans, meat or fish.
When you do reach the heart of Zambian travel, Victoria Falls, you’ll be spellbound by the hissing power of the largest waterfall on the planet. It’s not hard to understand why it’s thought of as a seventh wonder of the world. Stand in awe as 550 million litres of water, which have travelled through six countries and 230 miles along the Zambezi River, and provided power, food, pleasure and transport for untold lives, crashes dramatically over a 100-metre drop into the chasm below! Will you brave the cloudy path along the edge of the forest to catch the spray up close? Here you’re afforded remarkable views. British explorer David Livingstone was the first recorded man to see Victoria Falls, which explains the name of Livingstone, the nearby town. In this once capital city which produced Zambia's first newspaper, you’ll find Edwardian colonial buildings, colourful markets and nowadays, plenty of extreme sports too!
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