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Touring Zambia

Zambia is described by many as “the real Africa”; it is also acknowledged as one of the safest countries in the world to visit. It is the home of the Victoria Falls, the wild Zambezi River, and a profusion of birds, wildlife and pulsating wilderness. Zambia’s people are welcoming and live in peace and harmony. The wildlife is exceptional and some of the greatest safaris on earth are available from the safari companies. The country is also blessed with 17 magnificent waterfalls and an abundance of flora and fauna. The Victoria Falls are spectacular, columns of spray can be seen from miles away, the Victoria Falls Bridge affords a magnificent view both down the gorge on one side and through to the falls on the other. For a real thrill you can see it from the air. Micro-light and fixed wing flights are available.

The wildlife that is commonly seen leopard, lion, cheetah, elephant, hippo, buffalo, giraffe, primates, along with the abundant bird population believed to be at least 740 Will thrill any bird enthusiast. There are several options for safaris, walking, canoeing, elephant back, horseback and open vehicle to name a few.

If memorabilia is something on your agenda the best place for a wide range of crafts and curios is the Mukuni Victoria Falls Craft Village. From intricate animal carvings in stone or wood, or the beautiful malachite, masks, drums, walking sticks, jewelry and more. The vendors are usually happy to trade for things like T shirts, batteries, shoes or anything else. In July of each year the Leya people take part in the Lwiindi Ceremony. The local people believe the spirits of their ancestors still dwell in the gorges of the falls and during the Lwiindi they offer sacrifices to them for rain.

Mosi O Tunya National Park is located along the upper Zambezi from and including the Victoria Falls, it provides a home for numerous antelope species, zebra, giraffe and the recently acquired white rhinos, one of whom gave birth in the park in 1994. Take a pleasant drive around the park in a couple of hours and almost all the species there can be seen at close range there are no predators, they are very relaxed and afford some excellent photo opportunities.

There is a wide range of hi-action activities from the walking safari deep in the wilderness to river rafting, bengi into the deep gorge below the Victoria Falls, abseiling, canoeing safaris, tiger fishing and breath taking African sunsets.

Enid Glasgow is a travel writer who enjoys traveling to remote destinations. She enjoys traveling with Big Five Tours, providers of luxury Zambia tours.

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