In Zambia the “real Africa” of old mixes comfortably with the new. This large, landlocked country in central southern Africa is named after the mighty Zambezi River, which rises in the remote Kalene Hills in its northwest. Mineral-rich, with vast untapped agricultural, water, energy, and human potential, Zambia sits on the investor’s leader board for Africa.
Zambia is a scenic utopia with a stunning landscape of forest, woodland, and grassland traversed by mighty rivers whose journeys are marked by floodplains, swamps, waterfalls, lakes, and long, languid loops to the sea. David Livingstone, the Victoria Falls, Lake Kariba — such magical names, together with the spectacular wealth of bird and wildlife and the range of luxurious lodges and tented camps set in the African countryside, make Zambia the upscale safari destination of choice. With the city of Livingstone the high-octane capital of southern Africa, offering bungee jumping, zip-lining, river rafting, and other activities, it offers the complete package for those seeking an adrenaline rush.
The Zambian people reflect the blend of traditional and modern Africa. A nation made up of more than seventy ethnic groups, it has moved through diverse tribal histories, European colonization, socialist philosophy and rhetoric, and, finally, a gung-ho charge into multiparty capitalism in the early 1990s.
Culture Smart! Zambia offers the reader a glimpse behind the tourist panorama of unspoilt nature and the busy urban life, luxury hotels, shopping malls, and rush-hour bottlenecks of Zambia’s big cities. More than an overview of the colorful sights and sounds, it paints a vivid picture of the psyche of a people who have been shaped by their geography and history, and who are notable for their warmth, outgoing nature, and zest for life. It provides a rare insight into the feelings, behavior, and ideas that permeate Zambian society, which will enable visitors to understand their hosts more fully and make the most of their stay.