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Regarded as one of the most beautiful, friendly, diverse and unspoilt countries on the entire African continent, Zambia has more natural water resources than any other Southern African country, including a myriad of other falls dotted across the country, not to mention the famous Zambezi River. The many national parks offer great opportunities for observing Africa’s plains game and their attendant predators, whilst bustling urban areas offer a taste of eclectic Zambian culture.

Rivers

Zambia is one of the most water rich countries in Africa with over sixteen (16) rivers.

Three top rivers in Zambia:

  • Kafue River
  • Luangwa
  • Zambezi River

Lakes

Zambia has two types of lakes; man-made lakes and natural lakes. The man-made lakes are Kariba and Itezhi - tezhi, and the rest are natural lakes like Bangweulu, Tanganyika, Mweru-Wantipa, Mweru-Luapula and Lukanga. Lake Tanganyika is the longest lake in the world, while Lake Kariba is Africa’s largest man-made dam.

Others include:

  • Lake Kashiba
  • Lake Ishiba Ng'andu
  • Mofwe Lagoon
  • Lake Mweru

Waterfalls

The most spectacular is of course the not-to-be-missed Victoria Falls, but there are 17 other beautiful falls dotted around the country. Waterfall tours are becoming a popular trip providing access to these out of the way delights. Major waterfalls include:

  • Ngonye Falls
  • Kalambo Falls
  • Kundalila Falls
  • Lumangwe Falls

National Parks

National parks are used for conservation purposes, it is a reserve of natural, semi-natural or developed land that the state owns. National parks are great places filled with lots of natural wonders for you to explore and have an amazing experience observing wildlife. In Zambia there are about 20 national parks and 34 game management areas in Zambia, South Luangwa, Kafue and Lower Zambezi rank among the finest game parks in the world. Some of Zambia's national parks include; Luangwa National Park, Mosi oa Tunya Park, Lower Zambezi National Park, South Luangwa National Park, Lochnivar National Park and Kasanka National Park.

Arts and Craft markets

Zambia’s largest open-air market takes place every last Saturday of the month at the Dutch Reformed Church in the Kabulonga area of Lusaka. Artisans from Zambia and neighboring countries bring their arts and crafts to you. It’s one of the few places where you can find Zimbabwean soap stone sold next to Zambian copper plates. You can also taste a variety of ethnic dishes and buy produce. If you miss this market, try the smaller Sunday Market at the Arcades Shopping Centre in Lusaka that happens every week.

Cultural ceremonies

With a rich cultural background, exciting tales of magic and mystery and the colourful eventfulness of it all, the Kuomboka Ceremony is definitely a must see. The Kuomboka Ceremony is amongst Zambia's popular traditional ceremonies. The Kuomboka Ceremony is held annually to mark the movement of the king to higher ground at the beginning of the rains. It's a time of great celebration, and the ceremony is conducted to the pounding of drums, while the paddlers, resplendent in animal skins, dance and sing.