We travel toward the lively city of Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. We get our first look at the mighty Victoria Falls when we cross the bridge between Zambia and Zimbabwe. You will note that the flora becomes progressively tropical as we journey forth, and the roads become a bit rougher. During our journey we experience colourful markets and busy villages and upon arrival we enjoy a prepared meal and are briefed on the days ahead.
The capital and biggest city of Zambia, Lusaka has two primary spoken languages – English and Nyanja. It is situated in the southern region of the central plateau of Zambia at a height of 1300 metres and boasts a population of approximately 1.7 million. With one of the most rapidly developing city centres in Africa, Lusaka is situated in a prolific farming region and is Zambia’s administrative, financial and commercial centre. It is believed that with proper and effective economic improvements, Lusaka (as well as Zambia as a whole) will advance significantly. Lusaka is home to a varied community of foreigners, many of whom work in the aid industry, as well as diplomats, representatives of religious societies and several business people.
Lusaka was named after it’s headman, and is situated at Manda Hill; close by to where the National Assembly building is established. The area was extended by European settlers in 1905 with the construction of the railway. During 1935, Lusaka was selected to replace Livingstone as the capital of the British colony of northern Rhodesia, due to it’s relatively central location on the railway. After the union of northern and southern Rhodesia in 1953, Lusaka became the heart of the independence movement, resulting in the formation of the Republic of Zambia. Zambia became the 9th African state to gain independence from the British colonialists in 1964, following which President Kaunda came into power, with Lusaka as the country’s capital.
Accommodation Two Per Room: Eureka Camp
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Victoria Falls to Lusaka ±480 km
Included Highlight: View of Victoria Falls from the Bridge
Border Post: Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls Bridge (no telephone number) Open: 06h00-20h00, Zambia: Victoria Falls Bridge (no telephone number) Open: 06h00-20h00