7 Facts You Probably didn’t know about Zambia

A country rich in vibrant culture and extreme natural beauty, Zambia offers unforgettable opportunities to explore waterfalls, expansive national parks and experience amazing wildlife.

In the third of our showcase series, we’ve delved into one of our favourite African countries to bring you seven lesser-known facts about wonderful Zambia.

1. Lusaka

Lusaka was originally built as a village, which was designed to house 200,000 people. Today the capital of Zambia is home to over 1,500,000 people, and is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. It is often described as a “boom town”, with bustling open markets, modern commercial buildings, and a diverse community living and working within the city centre.

2. The naming of Zambia

Before Zambia claimed independence in 1964, it was known as Northern Rhodesia. The name Zambia comes from the Zambezi river, which flows along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Zambezi is the fourth largest river in the world, uniting six countries from central Africa to the Indian Ocean.