Zambia with Greenlife Safaris offers safari camps and lodges in wilderness parks and hotels in Livingstone at Victoria Falls.
Zambia bids travellers some of the world's finest authentic safari opportunities, a glimpse into 'real Africa', and Victoria Falls, one of the World's Seven Natural Wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
"What do you get when you blend the allure of colonially preserved towns with the rustic essence of Africa and the untouched magnificence of an untamed wilderness?
You get Zambia of course; a country that embodies ancient Africa as it once was.
Lusaka International Airport receives flights from Johannesburg, Cairo, Nairobi Lilongwe and London. Daily flights from Johannesburg enter Lusaka and European travellers connect via British Airways with three weekly flights from London.
It all depends on what you want to experience but Zambia is a one stop destination offering enough variety to fill an entire holiday. If you only visit the falls, spend three days. Safari trips require at least 7 - 10 days.
RURAL CUTLURE: Lusaka buzzes with the vigour and creativity of its many street and village markets. The Lusaka City Market is located in the heart of the city, and you can literally get anything at these open air centres, from food, fabric and jewellery to hand carved masks and even traditional medicine. Among the well know are Kamwala Market and the Soweto and City Market. The Kabwata Cultural Village is all about local culture and rural living, with believes rooted in ancestral mysticism.
FLIGHT OF THE ANGELS: Dr. David Livingstone once wrote that Victoria Falls was “a sight so wonderful that angels mush have gazed down on it in flight.” Here’s your chance to call yourself an angel and fly across the majestic falls from the soaring heights of a light aircraft, helicopter or microlight.
Zambia is still very much part of rustic Africa with dust roads and shantytowns littering the city’s parameter. The cities are equipped to meet the needs of its visitors with modern banking systems, a fairly good transport network and a few interesting tourist landmarks.
Zambia’s topography consists mostly of high plateau with rocky gorges and hills, river valleys and emerald rainforests.
Under the imperial rule of the British South African Company in the 1890’s, Cecile John Rhodes exploited the area for its natural resources, known then as North-Western Rhodesia. In 1897, the first municipality was established which some called Old Livingstone. Due to malaria outbreak, the British South African Company decided to move to higher ground, known as Constitutional Hill.
As the area expanded into a town, it was decided to name it Livingstone as a tribute to the great explorer and missionary. With the growth of the Rhodesian Railway reaching Victoria Falls in 1904, the Victoria Falls Bridge started to be contracted. Prior to its development, the railway was extended from Livingstone to Kalomo. A year later, in 1905, the bridge was fully functional and with its opening, the town boomed causing the Company to name Livingstone its capital in 1907.
As the Company’s control extended, North-Western Rhodesia was combined with North-Eastern Rhodesia to form Northern Rhodesia in 1911. In 1935, Livingstone lost its favour as the capital city and due to its proximity to the Copperbelt, the honour fell to Lusaka.
After the country gained independence in 1964, Northern Rhodesia became Zambia, named after the Zambezi River. Political crisis force Zambia to close the shared border with Zimbabwe at Livingstone. Due to lack of education, civil war of the neighbouring countries and the influx of many refugees, Zambia was hurled into a state of economic decline.
In the late 2000’s the country managed to gain stability and due to foreign investment in its mining sector, Zambia has become a fast growing developing country.
GOLFING: Experience a sense of cosmopolitan Africa and visit any of the three golf courses around Lusaka. With immaculately manicure lawn, hazardous swamps, and many sand traps, the Lusaka Golf Club is a challenge to even those veteran golfers. Dotted with commercial and leisure centres, the restaurants and relaxing lounges are ideal spots to sit back, relax and unwind.
ADRENALINE JUNKIES: Seeking thrills and intensity? Well just below the Victorial falls lay the Batoka Gorge, surrounded by the ancient rain forests of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. This is believed to be the site of the world’s best one-day white-water rafting with commercial rapids of up to Class VI. Need more intensity? Make your way to the top of the gorge by cable care and head to the Victoria Falls Bridge, which connects Zambia to Zimbabwe. This is where you can leap down into the gorge for about 111m by bungee. Just about any adrenaline pumping activity takes place in the area; all you have to do is ask.
WILDLIFE: Zambia is home to many species of land mammals, including the Big Five. Renowned as an ideal destination to spot Africa’s big cats, prides of up 30 lions may be seen roaming the lands. Among the 14 species of antelope present within the park is the beautiful Kudu with its spiralling horns. Native to the area are Thornicraft’s giraffe and herds of Cookson’s wildebeest. Caracal, wild dogs, several and jackal hunt these lands too with crocodiles and hippopotami seizing control in the muddy Luangwa River.
CANOE SAFARI: Drift along mighty Zambezi River in a canoe and view game while grazing along the river banks. Canoe safaris are an interesting and exciting way to explore the African wilderness, and the Lower Zambezi National Park is ideal for a canoe safari. Large herds of elephants, hippo, crocodiles and buffalo are seen going about the day, usually crossing the river to make their way to the many river islands.
Zambia’s climate is classified as humid subtropical with rainy summers and hot dry winters. The rainy season is during November to March and the warmer months are between September and December, with maximums reaching up to 31°C (88°F) and minimum temperatures of about 18°C (64°F).