"Traveling across Zambia" Zambia by georeiser

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Zambia got its independence in 1964 after beeing administered by the British as Northern Rhodesia towards the end of the nineteenth century. The name was changed to Zambia upon independence, and was derived from the Zambezi river which flows through the country. Zambia was governed by a single-party for 27 years, but has been a multiparty democracy since 1991.

The population In Zambia is 13 mill people, and is concentrated around the capital Lusaka and the Copperbelt area. English is the official language, but many other indigenous languages are used. 1 USD is 5000 Zambian kwasa (August 2009)

Mining and copper extraction is important for Zambia's economy. In the absence of own financial strength, the country has entered into agreements with Chinese traders and investors. And they are into the country in a large scope with strong presence in the economy. The copperbelt-area is a Chinese work zone. Low security and resentment towards Zambian workers is widespread.

Country information:
Visa: Visa at the border cost 50 USD for all. Takes 5 minutes if no queue.
Mobil phone: Very good roaming in the cities and the main roads.
Recommended language: English.
Infrastructure: OK in the cities. Poor in the countryside.
Friendliness by the people: Friendly in the countryside. Not friendly in Lusaka.
Attention by Police/military: Many police barriers on the roads.
Crime: No bad experience.
Rainy period:: October to April.
Price level: Cheaper than Namibia and Botswana. Same price level as Tanzania.
Airport departure tax: N/A.

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Zambia is a landlocked country in the Southern Africa. The neighbouring countries are the DR. Angola to the west, D.R. Congo to the north, Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia to the south.

  • Last visit to Zambia: Aug 2009
  • Intro Updated Jun 20, 2010
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  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    I really enjoyed your Zambia tips! Nice to see the Great East Road once more - I drove it a few times in 1970s. Back then, the Army guarded the Luangwa River bridge and no photos of it were allowed. Ah, the bus drivers were crazy back then too!


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