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Zambia

The Republic of Zambia is surrounded by many other African countries: Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Angola, Namibia and Botswana (only a few tens of meters). The official language is English, but there are still seven languages ​​official status received (from the 70 languages ​​/ dialects which are spoken). The name Zambia is derived from the Zambezi River, which begins in the north-west of the country and forms the border in the south. The country is 752 000 km2, equivalent to the size of France, Belgium, Netherlands and Switzerland. The average height is between 1060 and 1363 meters above sea level and this ensures that the climate is much more pleasant than in most other tropical countries. When one looks back there are three periods that can be distinguished: cool and dry from May to August, hot and dry from September to November and hot and wet from December to April. The maximum temperatures in the winter months are between 15 and 27 degrees in the morning and the evening the average between 6 and 10 degrees. In summer the temperature rises during the day from 27 to 35 degrees, thunderstorms occur regularly in the evening or during the day and then the sun comes out again. As most African countries, AIDS and poverty is a big problem. Tourism plays in particular, around the Victoria Falls and the emerging South Luangwa National Park. The copper mines provide the bulk of Zambia's revenue.

The currency of Zambia is the Kwacha, most major hotels and restaurants accept credit cards and at most ATMs a visa card. A (tourist) visa you buy at the border with US Dollars or Kwacha. When you yourself will drive a car or campervan in Zambia, you need an international driving license. When you drive, you also need a Temporary Import Permit by rental car from another country to Zambia and proof that you can use the car (temporarily).

Waterfalls and lakes
Zambia is for many people only known for the Victoria Falls in Livingstone where the Zambezi River gives a breath-taking spectacle of falling water and rising water vapour. Besides these, there are 17 smaller waterfalls that you can discover when you travel through Zambia like the Ngonye Falls, Nyambwezi Falls where you can camp, Kalambo Falls, Lumangwe Falls and the Kundalila Falls where you can swim and spend the night at the campsite. Other places where water provides natural beauty are the lakes in Zambia. Lake Kariba is the largest and most famous lake with a length of 200 kilometres and a width of 50 kilometres, of course, they offer water sports here. Lake Tanganyika is situated on the northern border of the country and is one of the oldest, deepest and longest lakes in the world, here beautiful tropical fish swim. Lake Mweru is surrounded and defined by small fishing villages and Lake Bangweulu in the north 'where the water meets the sky'.

National Parks

Zambia has a number of national parks where you can see wild animals and beautiful birds; the South Luangwa National Park is considered one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in the world. In this park you can take a safari with a guide and the animals you may encounter include: elephant, hippopotamus, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, lion and leopard. Kafue National Park is the largest with an area of ​​256 square kilometres along the Kafue River. Here you will find lions, cheetahs, leopards, wild dogs and as many as 21 different species of antelopes. Lower Zambezi National Park is especially popular because boat and canoe tours can be done here to spot wildlife (April-November). Along the river you can spot elephants, buffalo, hippos, kudus, zebras, monkeys and antelopes, but also lions and leopards live in this park. There are also opportunities for multi-day canoe trips where you camp along the river. Victoria Falls is in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park which includes rhinos, giraffes and elephants. Blue Lagoon, Kasanka, Lochinvar and Nyika are beloved parks by birders. The larger parks all have lodges where you can stay.

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