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About Zambia

Formerly the British colony of Northern Rhodesia, Zambia has no access to the sea but many lakes. The Zambezi flows through the western part of the country.

Travel Around Zambia

Countries neighbouring Zambia are: Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia.

Map of Zambia

Zambia by Rail

A line from Zimbabwe runs to Maramba, Lusaka, and Ndola; connecting with Zaire.

The Benguela Railway goes to the Atlantic coast of Angola.

The Tazara Railway, connecting Lusaka with Dar es-Salaam, in Tanzania, was built to provide the country with an alternative outlet during Angola's civil war.

Zambia by Road

The main towns of Zambia are connected by sealed road, but many rural roads become impassable during the rainy season.

Zambia by Air

Airlines and Airports:
Lusaka has an international airport.

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The People of Zambia

The Shona Bantu arrived in the area in the 12th century. The Karanga clan of the Shona later established the great empire of the Mwene Mutapa.

The Lunda and Lozi, from the Congo, moved in to the northern plains and upper Zambezi area during the 17th and 18th centuries.

In the next century, the Kololo, fleeing the Zulu crushing in South Africa, moved northwards and established a brief dominance over much of central and northern Zambia, before the Lozi imposed themselves again.

Chief Lewanika was the Lozi ruler when the British came to Barotseland.

The discovery of copper in the north led to the extension of the railway in the late 1920s.


Located in south central Zambia, the capital of Zambia lies on a plateau at an altitude of 1,300m, giving it a pleasant temperate climate.

Lusaka was named after a local African leader, when founded in 1905 by European settlers. In 1935 it replaced Livingstone as the capital of the British dependency of Northern Rhodesia, and became the capital of independent Zambia in 1964.

A railway connects Lusaka with Livingstone; for a visit to Victoria Falls.

Hotels in Lusaka

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Taj Pamodzi Hotel - Church Road, Lusaka, Zambia.

The Taj Pamodzi Hotel in Lusaka may seem pricy but it's great value for money; if you're ready to relax and treat yourself to a little luxury after months on the road, savouring the perfect combination of modern elegance and timeless hospitality.

Join the Meta Travel Community to add your reviews Guests at the Taj Pamodzi Hotel rated the great food menu, great views, and the level of service provided by staff.

Victoria Falls

Also called Mosi-Oa-Tunya, smoke that thunders, you can visit the thunderous spray of water from Livingstone, on Zambia's southern border with north-western Zimbabwe.

Hotels in Livingstone

Royal Livingstone Hotel Zambia - Official Hotel WebsiteAnantara Hotels Resorts & Spas on FacebookAnantara Hotels on Twitter
The Royal Livingstone Hotel - Mosi-oa Tunya Road, Livingstone, Zambia.

Renowned for its colonial-inspired decor, The Royal Livingstone is an elegant and cosy 5-star property in Livingstone, with day spa, swimming pool and restaurants overlooking the mighty Victoria Falls.

Join the Meta Travel Community to add your reviews Guests at The Royal Livingstone Hotel enjoyed the great breakfast, superb restaurant, and impressive views.

Zambian Languages

The official language of Zambia is English, although more than 70 of the African languages are spoken in the country; principally Bemba, Lozi, Luvale, Tonga, and Nyanja.


The fourth longest river in Africa rises in north-western Zambia.

It flows through eastern Angola, and returns to traverse western Zambia;  forming a border with north- eastern Botswana and northern Zimbabwe -- where it drops more than 120 metres as the Victoria Falls.

The Zambezi empties into the Indian Ocean through the Mozambique Channel.

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Bradt Guide to Zambia:
An edited section of Bradt's Travel Guide to Zambia, written by Chris McIntyre.

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