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Interesting Facts about Zambia



Name: Zambia


Populations:The population of  Zambia is 17.09 Million

Languages:The national language of Zambia is English and Tonga

Local Chitchat: Good Morning: Mwapona (Tonga)

:Thank you: Ndalumba (Tonga)

Food: Zambia’s staple food is maize.

  • Nshima: makes up the main component of Zambian meals and is made from pounded whitemaize. It is served with “relish,” stew and vegetables and eaten by hand (preferably the right hand).
  • Chibuku: is a home made beer.
  • Mosi: is a local beer
  • Kapenta: small sardine dried from Lake Tanganyika
  • Sauteed Insects: Catapillars, mopane worms, flying ants, grasshoppers and cicadas
  • Biltong:a dried meat beef or game
  • Ndiwo:a relish or a sauce for nshima made from meat or fish boiled with green vegetables
  • ifisashi:A vegetarian dish of peanuts, tomato, spinach and cabbage to accompany Nshima
  • Samp and beans;Maize kernels and beans
  • Munkoyo: Non alcoholic drink made from maize meal and roots of munkoyo tree.
  • Freshwater fish: Bream, Salmon from Kafue, Zambezi and Luapula rivers and Nile perch.

Currency: Zambian Kwacha



Must do’s:

  • Visit Victoria Falls
  • South Luangwa National Park
  • Lower Zambezi National Park
  • Chimanuka Game Reserve
  • Zambezi River activities (upper and lower Zambezi)
  • Sunset River cruise on the Zambezi

✓ Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern Africa.

✓ The major river system, formed by the Zambezi and its tributaries – the Luangwa and Kafue Rivers – cuts into the plateau forming deep valleys and waterfalls such as Victoria Falls on the southern border with Zimbabwe.

✓ Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is an UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to one half of the Mosi-oa-Tunya — ‘The Smoke Which Thunders’ — known worldwide as Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River. The river forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, so the falls are shared by the two countries, and the park is ‘twin’ to the Victoria Falls National Park on the Zimbabwean side.

✓ Devil’s Pool is the naturally formed “Armchair”, near the edge of the falls on Livingstone Island on the Zambian side.

Lake Kariba is the world’s largest man-made lake and reservoir by volume. It lies 1,300 kilometres (800 miles) upstream from the Indian Ocean, along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Most popular sport is soccer

Zambia is known for its copper-mining region that is also named the Copperbelt

A favorite way for Zambians to pass time and relax is conversation, with an emphasis on story-telling

Anything considered “rural” is called “the bush”

✓ A greeting is always exchanged before any conversation. If a person approaches you, you should always offer the first greeting. A man should withhold his hand in greeting until the woman offers hers. Gifts are often offered to a visitor as a sign of honour, friendship or gratitude. One should never refuse a gift and accept it with both hands at the same time expressing thanks.

Zambians expect friendly persons to call on them unannounced

✓ The national symbol is the African Fish Eagle

✓ The entire country’s telephone directory is not even one inch thick