Zambia safari has it all ...an ideal tourist destination for that special holiday of your lifetime. And Africa's undiscovered gem! But why? Because of rich cultural heritage, spectacular wildlife, unforgettable adventure and awesome beauty.
And don't forget Zambia is home to mystic and awesome Victoria Falls. And Zambians are well known for being warm and friendly people. Zambia safari is a cultural tourism you'll remember.
Rich Cultural Heritage With a population of only 10 million people in a country of 753,614 sq km Zambia is large country. It's larger than Texas in USA and has one of lowest populations to land ratio in Africa. The high urbanisation has resulted in massive tracts of uninhabited land across country. But, however, many of rural inhabitants have retained their indigenous and traditional customs and values.
The government recognizes this and has set up institutions to protect and promote Zambian culture. The National Heritage Conservation Commission is one. Government and private museums and cultural villages promote expression of artistic talents.
Over 73 dialects are spoken in Zambia but official language is English and most Zambians speak it fairly well. All media and business is in English. Bemba is next most commonly spoken language, followed by Nyanja. Other large languages are Tonga, Luvale, Lozi. Being a haven of peaceful Zambia has hosted many refuges from neighbouring countries in past and still do today. It's an epitome of unity in diversity.
Traditional Ceremonies Would you have known it? Zambia has numerous traditional ceremonies. But a word of advice! They generally do not follow normal calendar. The weather elements and a bit of "sniffing around" or such related matters bring things to bear on date... if you get drift...
But seriously, timing of most traditional ceremonies depend more on natural factors such as rainfall, season, position of moon, month, etc. If you happen to be around when one of these ceremonies is on don't miss opportunity. Just ask your tour operators they'll advise you.
There are more than 21 annual traditional ceremonies cerebrated in Zambia. They generally manifest customs, social life, rituals, oral history, material and spiritual culture. They provide a valuable insight to a traditional culture that has been passed down from generation to generation.