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Zambia - Fast Facts

Official Name: Republic of Zambia
Capital: Lusaka
Currency: Zambian Kwacha
Languages: English (official) and 73 local dialects
Region: Christian, Muslim, traditional beliefs
Population: 9,872,000
Land Area: 285,992 sq miles
Bordering Nations: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namiba, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Life Expectancy: 47 yrs (men); 48 yrs (women)
Main Exports: Copper, minerals, tobacco
Major Crops: Cassava (a starchy vegetable), millet, peanuts, beans, sugar, pineapples, onions, potatos
Natural Resources: Copper, gold, silver, emeralds, and diamonds
Average annual income: $330
Gained Independance: 24 October 1964
President: Levy Mwanawasa

Seasons & Weather: Zambia has 3 distinct seasons:

  • A cool dry winter period between May and August. Rivers and water sources tend to recede and game viewing improves steadily at this time.

  • A hot and dry period from August to mid-November. October and the early part of November prior to the onset of rains can be staggeringly hot in both the Luangwa and Zambezi valleys with temperatures regularly sitting in the mid-40°C's (approx. 100°F). Game tends to concentrate around the little available water and if you can handle high temperatures, then this is the ideal time for game viewing.

  • A hot to warm wet season from mid-November through to the end of April. The onset of the rains makes the remote areas very difficult to explore and many seasonal camps are closed. A limited number of "green season" safaris are available

Game Viewing is best during the dry season from May through October. Bird watching can be exceptional during the rains when a lot of migratory birds are present..

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