More about Zambia
Language: English, Bemba, Nyanja
Currency: Kwacha (ZMW)
Time zone: CAT (UTC +2)
Zambia is a huge country, shaped interestingly like a butterfly. It is home of the glorious Victorian Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Proud of its African heritage, it has had its political struggles. The people rose to gain independence from Britain in 1964, and it only became a multi-party democracy in 1991.
Many Zambians rely on traditional farming and for these people daily life can be a struggle, particularly when crops fail or illnesses spread. But is also has a strong mining industry, and its football team is fondly known as the “Copper Bullets” due to its heavy mining of this particular mineral.
Though English is its official language, it is a country full of up to 72 local dialects and/or languages, with Bemba being the most prevalent.
Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, was originally planned to hold a mere 200,000 people, today, Lusaka has a population of roughly 1.5 million. English is the official language. However, Zambia is home to many different groups, speaking more than 72 local languages/ dialects. Bemba is the most widely-spoken, spoken by more than two million Zambians in Lusaka and across the Copperbelt.
As in many countries, sport is hugely important. Football is the main passion and Zambians were euphoric when their team won the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. The win was significant and moving because of a tragedy which occurred in 1993.
Traditional arts and crafts, such as wood carving, basket-weaving and pottery, are valued. But these crafts are under threat because of migration away from rural areas and the arrival of modern manufactured goods. National museums and craft organisations in Zambia aim to promote craftwork to keep traditional skills alive.
Look no further than here for the chance to experience something that you will never forget.