Country Highlight: ZAMBIA

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Zambia is Africa’s 17th largest country and the only one where you can swim at the edge of a waterfall. Learn more fun facts about this beautiful country.

Fast Facts:

1. It is a landlocked country in southern Africa and it’s the 17th largest country on the continent.

2. Its capital and largest city is Lusaka.

3. Major languages: English (official), Bemba, Nyanja, Tonga

4. Major ethnic groups:  Bemba (21%), Tonga (14%), Chewa (7%), Lozi (6%), Nsenga (5%) Tumbuka (4%), Ngoni (4%)

5. Major religions: Christianity (97%), Baha’i (1.5%), Islam (1%)

6. It gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1964.

7. Its name is derived from the Zambezi River, which flows through western Zambia and forms its southern border with Zimbabwe.

8. It is home to Mosi-oa-Tunya Falls (Victoria Falls) – the world’s largest curtain of falling water – which it shares with Zimbabwe. Mosi-ao-Tunya means “the smoke that thunders”.

9. Its most daring attraction is the Devil’s Pool, a natural pool at the edge of Mosi-oa-Tunya Falls, where visitors can swim during the dry season from mid-August to mid-January.

10. It has 20 national parks and reserves, 34 Game Management Areas and protects over 30% of its land.

11. Tourism centers around wildlife, nature, cultural and adventure activities.

12. Popular attractions include: Siavonga, Blue Lagoon National Park, Kalambo Falls, walking safaris in South Luangwa National Park, white water rafting or cruising on the Zambezi River, high tea at the Royal Livingstone Hotel, hot air ballooning over Kafue National Park, taking a microflight or bungee jumping over Mosi-oa-Tunya Falls, hiking at Mafinga Hills, swimming in the Monkey Pools, and watching the annual bat migration at Kasanka National Park.

13. Things to see and do in Lusaka include: Lusaka National Museum, Livingstone Museum, Railway Museum, Lusaka City Market, Kabwata Cultural Village, Lilayi Elephant Nursery, Kalimba Reptile Park, Nembo Scenic Park, Pakati Sunday Market, and Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

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