Zambia is located in Southern Africa and measures 752,614 square kilometres or just a bit larger than Texas. Zambia is landlocked and the Zambezi River acts as a natural boundary with Zimbabwe. Zambia shares borders with Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Angola. The country’s capital is Lusaka and the population is estimated to be in the range of 12 million.
Zambia: Climate and Landscape
Zambia enjoys a tropical climate and has one rainy season that runs from October to April. The terrain mostly consists of hilly plateau with some hills and mountains.
Places to Visit in Zambia
Zambia has a lot to offer visitors including national parks, rivers, lakes, and towns. However, the great Victoria Falls tend to steal the limelight in Zambia. There are numerous parks in the country including the South Luangwa national Park with boat rides along the hippo and croc infested Luangwa River.
Zambia: People and Language
The official language of Zambia is English though many local vernaculars are in use in the country. Among popular vernaculars in Zambia are Bemba, Kaonda, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Nyanja, Tonga and close to 70 other indigenous languages. Africans are the majority comprising almost 98.7% of the population while Europeans comprises almost 1.1% of the population.
Other Facts from Zambia
Despite serious efforts to reduce poverty and increase development, Zambia has no managed to achieve the 6-7% growth required to make tangible reductions. The government privatised copper mines and significantly reduced losses incurred due to fluctuations in global prices. HIV/AIDS remains a major national issue in Zambia with as many as 16% of its population affected by the scourge. Literacy is relatively high at 80% though the HIV problem has significantly affected life expectancy estimated to be 39 years. The country has from 1991 embarked on an earnest journey towards democracy and ending corruption.