Zambia is a landlocked country in Central Africa roughly the size of Texas or France. Known for offering some of the world’s best safari opportunities, Zambia is the perfect locale for anyone looking to create their own luxury safari experience.
Formerly known as the territory of Northern Rhodesia, Zambia was administered by the South African Company from 1891 until 1923. During the 20s and 30s interest in Zambia skyrocketed as advances in mining gave foreigners access to the large mineral reserves in the country. In 1964, the country gained its independence and the name Zambia was chosen by the people.
As evidenced by the bizarre shape of the country Zambia is one of the stranger legacies of colonialism. Over 73 different tribes and 20 languages are accounted for within its borders. However, because of the people’s long history of coexistence and the similar their Bantu-family language origins, the people of Zambia have been spared the internal strife that marks other African countries such as Rwanda.
A highlight of any trip to Zambia is the festivals held throughout the country year-round. For example, The Kazanga ceremony is considered Zambia’s oldest traditional ceremony having been celebrated by the Nkoya people for over 500 years. The ceremony celebrates and maintains Nkoya traditions of music, dance and many other ancient practices. Furthermore, in August, the popular August festival, The Day of Mize, is celebrated. This ceremony takes place at Mize, the official palace of Senior Chief Ndungu. People of the Luvale tribe gather to celebrate their cultural heritage, bringing displays of all types of handicrafts and spicing the event with traditional singing and dancing while the chief holds court. The Makishi dancers recreate famous events from Luvale mythology, and local artists display their work.
One of the most interesting things about Zambia is the unique treatment of travelers in the country. Because of the popularity of safari expeditions, foreigners are afforded a certain amount of respect, but are not catered to as with most nations frequented by adventurers. The country boasts some of the African continent’s best wildlife parks and highlights; most notably, Victoria Falls in Southwestern Zambia, and Lower Zambezi National Park in Southeastern Zambia. It is also an angler’s dream, as fishermen from all over the world attempt to try their luck on the mighty Zambezi River with the hopes of landing a toothy tigerfish or the rare, giant vundu. Avid birders also flock to the country to glimpse its wonderful collage of birds, most notably Chaplin’s barbets.
The Kapani Lodge, situated beside the Luangwa River, is one of the exclusive safaris lodges managed by the Norman Carr Safari company. On their website, they write of the perfect Day With Norman Carr Safaris saying:
We usually rise at about 5:30 am and always reward our guests with what we refer to as a “light breakfast”. This can be as substantial as you wish, with fruit, cereals, toast and cooked options available.
Your morning safari activity, whether in a vehicle or on foot, will last about 3 to 4 hours, returning to your camp in time to enjoy a hearty brunch. After this, most guests feel that they have earned a rest and so you will typically have a few hours during the heat of midday to relax in camp, reading one of the many reference books that we keep, sunbathing or taking a dip in the pool, or perhaps having a quick nap in your room.
Tea is served at about 3:30 and then the afternoon and evening safari will leave camp at around 4pm. Depending on the arrangements for the day you will either return to camp for sundowners or stay out in the bush, enjoy an evening drink and return to camp with a spotlight looking for nocturnal animals. Either way we like to enjoy the sunset with a drink in our hands as this really is one of Africa’s better traditions!
After returning to camp at about 7:30pm you may be accompanied to your room or you may choose to retire to the bar, and dinner will be served at around 8pm, giving you a chance to relive the events of the day with your guide and safari companions.
Another of the African traditions that we like to honour is a chat around the camp fire. This will often come after dinner when the adventures of the day can be analysed and the stories that will be told for a long time to come start to take shape.
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