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50 Days in Zambia

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A July 2004 trip to Zambia by Jason Elite

Jungle Junction Photo, Victoria Falls, Zambia More Photos
Quote: A 50-day backpacking honeymoon through Zambia, Africa.

50 Days in Zambia

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Township Children Photo, Zambia, Africa
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We travelled to Zambia for a two month backpacking excursion for our honeymoon. Yes, our friends thought we were nuts, but we knew better! Zambia will always hold a special place in our hearts - it is here that one day we would like to retire, perhaps in a small stone bungalow along the banks of the Zambezi River. Read on and you'll see why!Zambia is a wonderful introduction to sub-Saharan Africa for the uninitiated - it's beautiful, very safe and easy going. Major highlights include the stunning Victoria Falls and going on safari in Zambia's best game parks: South Luangwa National Park, Lower Zambezi National Park and Kafue National Park.Animal lovers will be thrilled by Zambia's wild...Read More

Jungle Junction

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Hotel

Jungle Junction Photo, Victoria Falls, Zambia
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After travelling for two months in Zambia you may be ready for a vacation from your vacation like we were - Jungle Junction's Bovu Island is the ideal place to kick back for a few days and recharge. The crew will pick you up in Livingstone and drive you out to the Zambezi riverbank about half an hour west of Livingstone from where you take a short Mokoro (dug-out canoe) ride out to Bovu Island.Accommodation on the island is quite basic with two distinct choices - you can pitch your tent and camp or you can sleep in one of the riverside open-air bamboo huts. Both options are attractive and recommended.There isn't much to do on Bovu Island; that is part of its appeal. Hammocks surround t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2006

Jungle Junction
21 Obote Avenue
Victoria Falls, Zambia
(260) 3 324-127

Bridge Camp

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Hotel

Bridge Camp Photo,
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Bridge Camp is an ideal place to break the long and dusty journey between Lusaka and Chipata. A somewhat cheaper-looking version of your traditional African lodge, Bridge Camp is situated along a quiet dirt road near the Luangwa River; it offers peace and tranquility in a very beautiful setting. You can choose to pitch your tent and camp for a few dollars or you can rent one of the small rustic chalets for US $25-50. A variety of outdoor activities and longer excursions can be arranged on short notice.Guests staying at Bridge Camp have the option of camping or renting a chalet; everybody can make use of the reliable and very hot showers and clean but basic flush toilet bathrooms. The campgroun...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 4, 2006

Bridge Camp
Post Net 143
Luangwa, Zambia
+260 97 197456

Cha Cha Cha Backpackers

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Cha Cha Cha Backpackers Photo, Lusaka, Zambia
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Cha Cha Cha Backpackers is the budget travel hub of Zambia; located close to downtown Lusaka, Cha Cha Cha offers by far the best-value accommodation available in the Zambian capital. Owner Wade and right-hand-woman Brigette have a strong pulse on everything Zambian; if it has to do with Zambia, they'll know all about it!Guests can choose between staying in a dorm room in the main building ($5 per night), camping ($3 per person, per night) or renting a private hut ($15-20 per hut, per night). Don't worry about reservations if you don't know when you're going to arrive - even if the dorms are all full, Wade will make arrangements for you to have some floor space in the bar for your sleeping bag ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 7, 2006

Cha Cha Cha Backpackers
161 Mulombwa Close
Lusaka, Zambia
+260 1 222257

Kayila Lodge

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Hotel

Kayila Lodge Photo, Zambia, Africa
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Part of the burgeoning SafPar (Safari Par Excellence) empire in Zambia, Kayila Lodge is situated in a game reserve on the banks of the Zambezi River just outside Lower Zambezi National Park. We stayed here on the last night of our 14-day Sunway Safari Zambia & Botswana: Untamed Rivers expedition; to be honest, they must have gotten a really, really great group rate as this was high luxury compared to the camping places we normally stayed at! The going rate for independent travellers at Kayila Lodge is between $200-300 per person, per night all-inclusive, depending on the season.Accommodation is in beautiful thatch-roofed huts on the banks of the river; there is one hut that is situated in ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 7, 2006

Kayila Lodge
Zambian bank of lower Zambezi River
Zambia
(0)12 23 641

Marlin Restaurant at the Lusaka Club

Restaurant | "Marlin's"

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Attention carnivores of the world - if you ever find yourself spending a night or nights in Lusaka, Zambia, you must ensure that you pay a visit to Marlin's for dinner. As soon as you walk in and meet the friendly security guard and owner, you'll know you're in for a great evening. Marlin's can get quite busy, so consider calling ahead on busy nights.Marlin's draws a diverse clientele including tourists, expats, well-to-do Zambians and businessmen. Situated inside the Lusaka Club, it is a great place to socialize with your friends (or make some new ones) over a few drinks in the bar area.Without a doubt, Marlin's fillet steak in either the peppercorn or the garlic butter sauce is the r...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 14, 2006

Marlin Restaurant at the Lusaka Club
Los Angeles Blvd.
Lusaka, Zambia
260 (0) 211 252 206

Zambezi Swing

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Attraction | "The Zambezi Swing"

Zambezi Swing Photo, Zambia, Africa
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The Zambezi Swing offers a full day of awesome adrenaline-pumped action which takes place in a scenic gorge off of the main Batoka Gorge near Livingstone, Zambia. Participants fly through the air, free fall and rappel down high cliffs to their hearts' content.The crew will pick you up outside your Livingstone accommodations in the morning and drive you out to the site. You'll be fully briefed on all safety issues and given some light refreshments before you launch into the real fun.There are three main activities - rappelling, the zip line and the mighty Zambezi Swing itself. In the first activity, you can rappel down a cliff while facing in the normal backwards position, or you can go...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 13, 2006

Zambezi Swing

Livingstone, Zambia
+260 3 321188

Victoria Falls (Mosi-O-Tunya)

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Attraction | "Victoria Falls Bungee Jump"

Victoria Falls (Mosi-O-Tunya) Photo, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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The first time I saw the Victoria Falls was hanging upside down on the bungee jump! I'll never forget the sight of the falls peeking through the magnificent Batoka Gorge as I bobbed up and down after my thrilling jump (my first and only bungee jump).The famous bungee jump at Victoria Falls is probably the most scenic in the world and, standing at 111m, is also amongst the highest. If you're going to bungee jump anywhere in the world, this is the place to do it. Operated by Africa Extreme, this bungee jump has a perfect safety record and is run in a very professional manner - no chances are taken and you will be very well looked-after.The cost of the jump is approximately US$80, althoug...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 28, 2006

Victoria Falls (Mosi-O-Tunya)
Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Lower Zambezi National Park

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Attraction

Lower Zambezi National Park Photo, Zambia, Africa
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Can you resist the lure of Earth's greatest wildlife spectacle? We certainly couldn't! Lower Zambezi National Park is one of Zambia's premiere game parks. Situated along the banks of the majestic Zambezi River, it offers not only traditional game drives and walking safaris, but also the possibility of exotic canoe safaris while slowly drifting down the river. Here you will have the opportunity to observe African nature in its purest form. Watch in awe as myriad leopards, elephants, hippos, hyenas, antelope, crocks and lions roam around in their natural environment, seemingly oblivious to your presence. In addition, Zambia is one of the few countries in the world that allow night drives inside their na...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 1, 2006

Lower Zambezi National Park
North Bank of the Zambezi River
South Eastern Zambia

Lochinvar National Park

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Lochinvar National Park Photo, Lusaka, Zambia
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Lochinvar National Park occupies a tiny area just off the main road between Lusaka and Livingstone (Victoria Falls), Zambia. The action revolves around the Chunga Lagoon, a flood plain of the Kafue River. The water attracts many antelope and bird species to the area for wildlife viewing.Don't come to Lochinvar expecting to see big game or predators - they don't live here. The main purpose of visiting Lochinvar is to go birding: the park is home to some 400 species of birds! Despite this large variety of bird species, we were unable to spot many birds during our visit, making it a bit of a disappointment. Of course, we were there during the dry season; peak time for birding is during the rainy ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 3, 2006

Lochinvar National Park
Southern Edge of Kafue Flats floodplain of Kafue River
Lusaka, Zambia, Africa

South Luangwa National Park

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South Luangwa National Park Photo, Zambia, Africa
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Wildlife lovers of the world unite! South Luangwa National Park in Zambia is one of the most respected game parks in Africa. The birthplace of photographic safaris (as opposed to shooting the animals) and walking safaris, South Luangwa has always been on the cutting edge of the African safari scene. Guides must pass extensive tests before they are allowed to take guests into the park; as a result, the guiding is always of a very high calibre - their knowledge of the park and animals runs very deep. They are also trained in the use of the firearms which they carry in order to protect guests from any potential problems with predators (this is exceedingly rare).Your visit to the park will revolve...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 4, 2006

South Luangwa National Park
Eastern Zambia
Zambia

Kafue National Park

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Kafue National Park Photo, Zambia, Africa
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Kafue National Park is the third gemstone in Zambia's triple-crown of wilderness reserves. Distinctly different from both South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi National Parks, it is the one place in Zambia where you may be able to see the elusive cheetah! As with all of Zambia's major parks, the best time to visit is during the dry season (May through September) when the animals are forced closer to the water supplies and the vegetation is sparse. If you've got a lot of time to spend in Zambia like we did, Kafue is a must see. If you're tight on time, you'll probably want to focus on Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa instead.Kafue offers a wide variety of habitats, leading to a diverse wildlife viewin...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 4, 2006

Kafue National Park
Main Access at Great West Road from Lusaka to Mongu
Zambia

Cha Cha Cha Backpackers

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Hotel | "Lusaka Downtown/Township Walking Tour"

Cha Cha Cha Backpackers Photo, Lusaka, Zambia
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Many first-time visitors to Africa step off the plane, get to their hostel, sleep for a few hours, and then wonder, "Now what?" Finding your way around as a visible minority in a strange city in a culture that is very different from home, while exciting, can be a bit harrowing for some travellers at the same time. An excellent option available to visitors to Zambia is to take a short guided walking tour of Lusaka to become familiar with African sights and customs.We arranged our tour through Benson at our hostel, Cha Cha Cha Backpackers in Lusaka. Benson is a very nice, young Zambian university student who hangs out around the backpackers in his spare time and conducts walking tours for a few ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 7, 2006

Cha Cha Cha Backpackers
161 Mulombwa Close
Lusaka, Zambia
+260 1 222257

Victoria Falls (Mosi-O-Tunya)

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Attraction | "Victoria Falls"

Victoria Falls (Mosi-O-Tunya) Photo, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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There really is very little in the natural world that compares with the spectacle that is Victoria Falls in Zambia! There is a good reason why they are considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world - they truly are Mosi-Oa-Tunya: The Smoke that Thunders.Standing at about twice the height of Canada's famous Niagara Falls, the height of Victoria Falls is simply staggering. Add to that the fact that they are about 2km wide and you begin to understand the magnitude of the situation. The Zambezi river hurls itself downwards for over 100m before crashing to the floor of the spectacular Batoka Gorge that forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.The falls are bursting with water...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 7, 2006

Victoria Falls (Mosi-O-Tunya)
Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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There is no need to arrange for a visa before you arrive in Zambia whether you enter by land or air; it costs considerably more than obtaining the visa upon entry and is highly inconvenient.Nationals of most countries will pay at least US$25 for a single entry visa, US$40 for a double entry visa and US$80 for a multiple entry visa (expensive but often necessary for overland routes).Due to the rather high cost of the visas, it is useful to know about a little-publicized fact - that it is possible to get into Zambia for FREE if you are "introduced" to Zambia by an establishment on the inside; any hotel, hostel or such outfit can arrange this for you. Usually it is a simple matter of noti...Read More
Kanakantapa Photo, Zambia, Africa
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Kanakantapa is a small rural village located in a very poor area about an hour's drive outside of Lusaka, Zambia. We only knew it existed because a good friend we made at Cha Cha Cha Backpackers in Lusaka was the organizer of a charitable effort in the village. She had started up a program whereby young medical students from the UK volunteer to come down to Zambia for a few weeks to help rural kids learn about how to take care of basic medical needs for themselves and their families.We decided to join the regular volunteers for a day to see what their program was like. Our trip started outside Cha Cha Cha when the truck came to pick us up in the morning. As the truck slowly made its way along ...Read More