Facts about Zambia

zambia-94526_640Zambia is a landlocked African country, and its size is slightly larger than Texas. Zambia borders Angola, Tanzania, Zaire, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Botswana. The name Zambia comes from River Zambezi, which got its name from a local word yambezhi, which means heart of all.

Interesting information: Zambia was known as Northern Rhodesia until 1964. Before the construction of Aswan Dam in Egypt in 1971, Zambia’s Lake Kariba was the biggest man-made lake. The man-made lake is so large that it appears like a real ocean to clueless visitors. The nearest ocean to this landlocked country is roughly 600 miles away. Zambia is home to Victoria Falls, which is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Zambia has termite hills that grow to a size of a cottage. The country is home to the world’s largest mushroom native that grows to almost a yard in diameter. The Southern African country is famously known for storytelling, and the best way to pass time while relaxing is through conversations. Visitors get a chance to see a circular rainbow formed by Victoria Fall mist. This is fascinating since in most cases, rainbows are hardly seen more than the top half.

Time Zone: The Southern Africa nation is two hours ahead of the GMT. Zambia is an hour ahead of the European Time. Eastern and Western USA time are seven hours and ten hours behind Zambia respectively.

International Relationships: Zambia maintains a healthy relationship with other nations through becoming a member of several international bodies and unions such as COMESA, Southern Africa Development Community, African Development Bank, United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Commonwealth, General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, World Health Organization and International Labour Organization.

Attractions for thrill seekers: Zambia offers water rafting and river boarding on the Zambezi River. The river has the best known attraction site, Victoria Falls, that span the entire river breadth with water plunging down to a distance over 100 meters. The locals refer to the falls as Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means ‘Smoke that thunders.’ Livingstone, the first westerner to arrive at the falls, referred to it as “the scene so lovely, must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.”An amazing activity is a safari by canoe down the River Zambezi. The trip is enthralling as travellers meet hippos, elephants, buffalo, impala, zebra, waterbucks, baboons and several bird species. The trip is for adventurous dare-devils who don’t fear watching and sailing between crocodiles lounging along the river banks.

Getting to Zambia: Air and rail in Zambia offers the most convenient means of visiting the country. However, it offers more leisure and fun to enter the country through a trip via Lake Tanganyika, Africa’s deepest lake and world’s number two. The trip on MV Liemba is enjoyable as you experience a feel of historical steam ship and a German vessel that was operational even during World War I.

Culture and Food: Locals practice basketry using different materials such as bamboo, grasses, roost, papyrus, reeds, bark, rushes and liana vines. The locals make beautiful sieves, mats, beer strainers and holders. The local unhurriedly engage in formal greetings before an engaging conversation starts. Ifisashi is a delicious local dish made of green vegetables mixed with peanut sauce. Other dishes include samp, made of crushed bean and maize dish. The country has a traditionally brewed beer called Chinuku made of sorghum or maize and tastes like a sour alcoholic milkshake.

 

 

 

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