Zambia Travel Overview
At a glance
Official language: English
Continent: East Africa
The laughing old man
Some Europeans see a fetus in the shape of Zambia, the Zambia say their country looks like a laughing old man
According to Countryaah, Zambia is a landlocked country in southern Africa. Direct neighbors are: Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia.
The Victoria Falls are THE main attraction in Zambia. A special kind of thrill is a bungee jump from the Viktoriafall Bridge, which leads 111m down. If you are not enthusiastic about bungee jumping, then take a river tour or a scenic flight and marvel at this extraordinary natural spectacle.
In addition, Zambia has a share around the shores of Lake Tanganyika. You can easily cross over to Burundi by boat.
Travel to Zambia
Due to its altitude, Zambia has a relatively mild climate for the tropical latitudes, which are ideal conditions for a trip. Due to its tropical location, there are three seasons in Zambia: A cool dry season with average temperatures of 15 to 27 ° Celsius in June and July, a hot dry season with temperatures between 24 and 32 ° Celsius from October to November and from October to April a hot, humid rainy season with temperatures of 27 to 38 ° Celsius.
Official language: English
Kwacha (100 ngwee)
ISO 4217 code
ZMK / 894
Geo coordinates: S -13 ° -8 ‘-2 ” E 27 ° 50’ 57.6″
Highest mountain: Mafinga Hills (2,301 m)
Total area: 752,614 km²
Mainland: 740,724 km²
National border: 5,664 km
Dependency: Great Britain until 196
UN member since: 1964
Other political affiliation: Commonwealth
Form of government: Presidential Republic
Export goods: Copper, lead, cobalt, tobacco
BSP: $ 6.287 million
GDP: $ 6,447,000,000
GDP purchasing power parity: $ 11,640,000,000
Economic growth: 4.9%
GDP share of agriculture: 20.2%
GDP share of industry: 29.6%
GDP share of services: 50.2%
Inflation rate: 17.7%
State budget revenue: $ 1,904,000,000
State budget expenditure: $ 20.8 billion
National debt: 68.4%
Export: $ 2,374,000,000
Import: $ 2,353,000,000
Foreign debt: $ 4,753,000,000
Gold and currency reserves: $ 707,000,000
Electricity consumption: 6,588 million KWh
Oil consumption: 15,300 million m³
Cultivation area: 7.01%
Bovine: 2,800,000 pieces
Fishing: 72,600 t
Residents in cities: 4,076,700
Average age: 16.5 years
0-14 years: 46.3%
15-64 years: 51.3%
> 65 years: 2.4%
Population growth: 2.11%
Birth rate: 41 / 1,000 residents
Death rate: 19.93 / 1,000 residents
Ratio men / women: 0.99
Fertility: 5.39 children / woman
Infant mortality: 86.84 ‰
Life expectancy men: 39.76 years
Life expectancy women: 40.31 years
Country codes and abbreviations
ISO 3166 Alpha 2: ZM
ISO 3166 Alpha 3: ZMB
ISO 3166 numeric: 894
Top Level Domain: zm
IOC country code: ZAM
UN / LOCODE: ZM
Telephone connections: 92,000
Cell Phones: 453,000
Internet users: 140,000
Railway lines: 2,173 km
Paved roads: 21,288 km
Number of doctors: 1,140
Daily food intake: 1,920 kcal / resident
HIV- infected people: 1,040,000
Last sovereign since: 1964
Main religious group: Christians
Prison inmates: 15,000
Armed forces (troop strength): 18,000
Defense Spending: $ 139.8 million
Arriving by plane
Several international airlines, including South African Airways (SA) and British Airways (BA), offer flight connections to Lusaka.
A further journey to Lusaka from Windhoek (Namibia) via Johannesburg (South Africa) is also possible with Air Namibia (SW). Air Namibia flies direct from Frankfurt to Windhoek several times a week.
25 US $ (included in the ticket price). Transit passengers are exempt. In addition, an airport tax (infrastructure and development charge) must be paid at Lusaka, Livingstone, Ndola and Mfuwe airports in cash per person for international flights: 52.8 Kwacha (approx. US $ 10).
Arrival by car
Car: The main roads lead from Zimbabwe via Chirundu or Kariba to Livingstone; over Bulawayo and over the bridge of Victoria Falls; from Botswana by ferry at Kazungula near Livingstone; from Mozambique to Villa Gambito and Zumbo; from Tanzania via Nakonde and Mbala; from Malawi via Chipata and Nyika Plateau and from the Dem. Rep. Congo via the road from Lumbumbashi to Chingola.
Note: Because of conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola and the occasional assaults in the border regions of Zambia, trips to these border regions should be avoided. There are still unmarked minefields in the border areas with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola and Mozambique.
Bus:Buses run from Dar es Salaam and Mbeya in Tanzania to the border, where you can change to buses to Copperbelt and Lusaka. Buses also connect Malawi with Zambia via the Lilongwe – Lusaka route. Advance booking is recommended. Intercape Mainliner (Internet: www.intercape.co.za) and Translux (Internet: www.translux.co.za) connect Johannesburg (South Africa) with the Victoria Falls and with Zambia every day.
Arriving by train
Two routes connect Zambia with Zimbabwe and Tanzania. Zambia Railways offer a daily connection from Livingstone via the Victoria Falls to Bulawayo and Harare (Zimbabwe). The journey takes 9-12 hours, depending on whether you use the normal or express train.
The trains of the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) (Internet: www.tazara.co.tz) run between Kapiri-Mposhi (Zambia) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) (journey time: 38 hours). Trains are often canceled, to be on the safe side you should check with the tourist office in Lusaka beforehand.
Arrival by ship
Ferry connections from Mpulungu via Lake Tanganyika and via Kigoma (Tanzania) to Bujumbura in Burundi and from Kazungula via the Zambezi to Botswana.