Zambia Off The Beaten Path

  • Lake Bangweulu
    Lake Bangweulu
    by AnnyaS
  • In the outskirts of Livingstone
    In the outskirts of Livingstone
    by georeiser
  • In the outskirts of Livingstone
    In the outskirts of Livingstone
    by georeiser

Zambia Off The Beaten Path

  • A trip to Mansa

    Our experience was many years ago and I am sure these days it is not as bad. We had to make a trip to Mansa on business. We were living in Lusaka at the time. The Pedicle was then a dirt road and a very dusty one marked with potholes. Our trip was very eventful, for a start we were stopped at the Zaire , now DRC, border post. My husband was marched...

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  • A community close to Luangwa Bridge

    There are some houses and roadside shops on the Great East Road. A small community is located close to Luangwa Bridge, in the middle of the wilderness areas. The place is a popular pit stop on the road from Lusaka to Chipata and Malawi. You can buy food, fruits, drinks and also straw hats.

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  • The Livingstone-Lusaka road

    The first part of the 470 km road from Livingstone to Lusaka is mostly through rural and remote areas. Many small villages huts are seen from the road.

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  • Clay Pigeon Shooting

    Sporting Guns, Livingstone is an Olympic-standard shooting range. Their new Baretta shotguns are fantastic weapons to take down the clay pigeons with. All equipment and ammo supplied, as well as hotel transfers. Cold drinks at hand. Beautiful big space of African bushland not too far from Vic Falls.Feel like a big game hunter without wounding...

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  • Just go find 'em

    You know, we really did have a route planned.... but the more you do the more you want to find....we got a little adventurous after all we had a GPS right?.OK Sherlock, get your looking glass out.

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  • When you go off road... Go off road

    This was "somewhere" between Choma and Botoko.... after the town of Choma we found a little road that looked interesting and took it..... and boy was it interesting, despite the "repairs" to the bridge, this thing had yer foot wobbling over the throttle with every creak you heard.As you can see in front and to the left of my left wheel about three...

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  • Abandoned Locomotives

    While on honeymoon near Victoria Falls, we came across a whole string of abandoned steam locomotives. It was quite a sight! These Garrett-type locomotives have been used at many locations around the world. I just received a report (July, 2003) from VT-member 'Margi9' that a couple of these particular locomotives are now housed in the National...

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  • Coal-fired Locomotives

    Another shot of the derelict coal-fired locomotives outside Livingstone, Zambia. We did see some of their type still in operation crossing the bridge from Zimbabwe.

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  • The Cairo Road

    The road from Lusaka to Monze, Zambia has no potholes, two lanes, three police check points, one town near the Kafue river and lots of life, including people walking, riding biclycles and chasing their cattle. You pass the sight where Livinstone is said to have stopped, looked into the distance and seen the the great falls he would later visit. I...

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  • Lake Mweru Patrol

    One of my volunteer contacts was a fishery patrol officer on Lake Mweru, in northern Zambia on the border with Zaire. He took us out on an overnight patrol of the lake (see photo for our departure) on the 'Ikana' patrol boat. It was very interesting to see how they checked out the Zairean fishing boats and the sunset on the lake was spectacular as...

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  • Wonder Gorge on the Lunsemfwa

    Wonder Gorge on the Lunsemfwa River is a sight to behold. This tributary of the Luangwa River is located east of Kabwe and was created by the river cutting through the escarpment. There were no facilities of any kind when I was there in 1973 - it is in the 'bush' outback. See my next tip in this section for another unusual outing.

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  • Hear the school children sing

    Visiting a school is one of the nices things you can do. When you enter the class room the children start to sing. The teacher tells something about the way of the lessons and you can look around a little bit.

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  • Vultures' diner

    Suddenly a terrible smell, a dead giraffe (saw her earlier this day), vultures eating from the dead body.That's nature, that's also Africa. When you're on a game drive it is possible you see these things.

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  • When I was in Zambia, it...

    When I was in Zambia, it wasn't safe to go across to the Zimbabwe side (granted I'm sure it was fine in Victoria Falls--the city). Here's the bridge that separated the two countries...

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  • Livingstone

    we just happened to cross the border to Zambia and ended up in Livingstone. We enjoyed strolling around the market there, bought some souvenirs and just had a teriffic time!

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  • Lower Zambizi. Among many...

    Lower Zambizi. Among many other things, the fishing is excellent here. The most common to catch are the big-toothed tiger fish, which are usually between 5 and 10 lbs. There are, however, catfish, which can be up to 100 lbs. Locals, who fish from dug out canoes, are sometimes pulled miles upstream as the catfish try to swim away with the current....

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  • If you just visit the big...

    If you just visit the big cities, you will miss everything wonderful about Zambia.The rural people are so friendly, and love to meet 'white people'.Get up to the north west of Zambia to Solwezi, and get a made to measure outfit at the local market.

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  • The Marumba Market. this is an...

    The Marumba Market. this is an awesome local market with food, african linnens, and a whole host of locally made items that can make awesome souveniers ect ect.

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  • The waterfalls and lakes in...

    The waterfalls and lakes in the northern part of the country.There are some unspoiled places hardly visited by touristst. Like the Lumangwe falls in the Kalungwishi River (photo). There is an smal but abandoned lodge and camping is possible. There is no public transport to this place.

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  • THE HIGH POINT OF ZAMBIA IS A...

    THE HIGH POINT OF ZAMBIA IS A PEAK IN THE MUCHINGA MOUNTAINS NEAR THE BORDER WITH TANZANIA. IT RISES 6782 FEET (2067 METERS).

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  • Beautiful falls!

    Kalambo Falls, about 45km from Mbala is a gem of a place. An amazing waterfall with an equally amazing drop. You will however need to hire some sought of vehicle or get a taxi to take you there, as there is no public transport, but I think it is worth it.

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  • There is one journey which,...

    There is one journey which, although hellish, will live in my mind forever as the most intersting and the most eye opening I've ever been on. Driving form South Luangwa to north Luangwa, ill with malaria, was great. It took us 12 hours through hippo and mosi infested swamps, mahogany forests, flat salt plains, bubbling springs with 1000 crowned...

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  •              Everyone who goes...

                 Everyone who goes to the town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe will be accosted by folks who want them to purchase, through them, the adventure of running the rapids of the Zambezi, downstream of Victoria Falls. It is a thrill, for sure!    I write this on my Zambia page because rafting the Zambezi starts on the Zambia side of Victoria...

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  •         I enter this with...

            I enter this with reservation, but I enter it nonetheless. There is the Blue Train, among the most extravagant luxury vehicles known to our species which runs between Cape Town and Victoria Falls. It is 'Off the Beaten Path' as it were, so I am compelled to make this addition, with one comment.        If you are considering indulging in the...

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  •         Please also see my On...

            Please also see my On the Falls Travelogue.         'THE EDGE' is a place on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls--the side from where the water falls. At rare times during the year, in the first week of December in this picture, the water level of the Zambezi is low enough to permit crossing areas along the cliff that are normally submerged...

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  • Visiting Soweto Market, the...

    Visiting Soweto Market, the largest market in Lusaka. Stroll around Lusaka's most African market where almost everything and anything can be found. Buy a new pair of shoes, do the grocery shopping or cure that ailment from a tradional healer.

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