Zambia is a country rich with culture and life, a true adventure for any traveler choosing to make this their destination. Southwest of Tanzania, Zambia offers tons of opportunities to soak up the country’s natural beauty, experience the amazing African culture, and go on safari to spot the African animals. Follow this list for great things to do in Zambia:
You can’t visit Zambia without stopping at the largest waterfall in the world! Victoria Falls is the biggest tourist attraction in both Zambia and Zimbabwe. The falls actually span both countries, with the upper falls in Zambia and the lower in Zimbabwe. You can get spectacular view from both sides, so give yourself the full day to explore this natural wonder. The best time to visit is between July and September when the water is high.
Saturday Dutch Market
On the last Saturday of the month, the largest open-air market sets up shop in Zambia, in Luksaka. Here you’ll find many local arts and crafts along with local foods and fresh produce. Check out the local Zimbabwean soap and Zambian copper plate before sampling some local specialties. And don’t forget to barter for your goods, it’s the tradition here!
Go on Safari
One of the best places to go on safari in Zambia is at South Luangwa National Park. It’s one of the most popular national parks in Zambia because is so abundantly filled with wildlife. Here you’ll have the chance to meet all sorts of African creatures in their natural environment, from giraffes to hyenas, lions, hippos, zebras and more.
Visit a Local Compound
The local people of Zambia usually live in neighborhoods known as compounds. It can be a great experience to go with a local you trust into one of these neighborhoods and experience the local culture firsthand. If you do connect with a local, ask them to bring you to a local pub or just to show you around, meet the people and feel the local flavor.
Kafue National Park
You’ll probably want to experience several national parks when you’re in Zambia, because they are so incredible and lush. This one isn’t as famous as South Luangwa but it’s larger and less touristy. This is a great park to venture off the beaten path, especially if you have an experienced guide that can help show you some of the most beautiful spots.