Zambia combines southern, eastern and central Africa.
Zambia lies in the heart of southern Africa and is known for the mighty Victoria Falls, the mighty Zambezi River, untouched wilderness and unique walking safaris in the Luangwa Valley. The following country overview provides the most important information on the emerging African landlocked country.
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Geography and Climate of Zambia
The African landlocked country of Zambia covers an area of more than 750,000 km² and is situated on a plateau about 1000 metres high. The country's climate is tropical and mild, with a cool dry season from May to September, a hot dry season from October to November and a hot and humid rainy season from December to April. Numerous waterfalls, including the huge Victoria Falls in the south of the country, rivers, lakes and swamps are characteristic of the geographical picture. Zambia is also characterised in particular by the Zambezi and Congo river systems.
Species Conservation in Zambia
Until the 1970s, Zambia was considered one of the countries in Africa with the largest wildlife population. However, poaching and overhunting caused a sharp decline in population numbers in the years that followed.
The safari destination has been slowly recovering for several years, not least because the country's government is now focusing more on controlling hunting and poaching. Private management of wildlife areas is also on the rise.
30% of the land area in Zambia
are under nature protection.
Compared to its neighbouring countries, Zambia's safari industry and tourism infrastructure are not (yet) strongly developed; however, a number of excellent lodges and seasonal bush camps can be found, as well as excellently trained guides. The country also enjoys popularity due to its reputation as the "cradle of walking safaris", which are conducted especially in the Luangwa Valley.
Today in Zambia there are 20 national parks, 36 game reserves, two wildlife sanctuaries and one bird sanctuary and 485 forest sanctuaries covering an area of 4.2 million hectares. This means that about 30% of the country's land area is protected. The emerging safari industry favours the conditions for continued or increased species conservation.