Formerly known as Northern Rhodesia, Zambia is a legendary landlocked country in southern Africa that delivers travelers to the beauty of the Victoria Falls, the tumultuous Zambezi River, an abundance of wildlife, and an unrivaled wilderness that leaves a lasting impression on all who visit it. Not only is it the perfect destination for those who wish to experience the magic of an African safari, but also those who would love to learn more about this land of little known facts.
• Zambia is a country that is slightly larger than Texas in size
• Termite hills in Zambia can often grow to be as big as a cottage, while one mushroom found there can grow nearly a yard in diameter, making it the largest to be found anywhere in the world.
• Zambia is one of the world’s poorest countries and ranks 165th of our 177th on the Hum Dev Index.
• Every year, the king packs up everything and moves from his dry season home to his wet season home which is higher up. The act of getting in a boat and sailing to higher ground is known as Kuomboka.
• Avoid touching someone on the head as it can be seen as mocking them. This tends to be reserved for children
• Copper is a key resource for Zambia and the country ranks at the world’s fifth largest producer. Both copper and iron have been mined in Zambia for over 2 000 years.
• Lake Kariba in Zambia used to be the largest man-made lake in Africa until 1971 when Egypt’s Aswan Dam was put up. Despite this, often people confuse it for an ocean as they can’t see the other end of it over the horizon.
• Despite the amount of people who live in Zambia, the country’s telephone directory is less than one inch thick.
• Because of the spray of Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the forest surrounding it receives “rain” 24/7. And if you view the Falls from the correct angle, you’ll be able to see a circular rainbow so keep an eye out for it!