Capital | Lusaka
Population | 11,862,740
Area | 752,614 SQ KM
Official Language | English
Holidays | Independence Day, 24 October (1964 – from the UK)
Currency | Zambian kwacha (ZMK)
Time Zone | UTC+2
Best Time to Visit | May to August when the weather is cool and dry
Connecting with the Culture | Heading out to the Zimbabwe border to Victoria Falls. Bungee jumping off the Zambezi bridge. Paddling down the tranquil Zambizi River past yawning hippos and getting great views of the riverside wildlife.
Read | the collection of home-grown short stories in A Point of No Return by Fawanyanga Mulikita
Listen | to Zambiance, for a more traditional collection try Sounds of Zambia
Eat | nshima (dough made from maize), chibwabwa (pumpkin leaves), inkoko (cooked chicken) and ifungo (wild plum-like fruit)
Drink | chai (tea), chibuku (local beer)
In a Word | Muli shani (hello, in Bemba)
Characteristics | The mighty Zambezi; amazing Victoria Falls; wildlife parks; religious outposts; smiling Zambian people.
Surprises | For a country that has gone through so much upheaval in the last century the Zambian people have kept a strong sense of pride in both themselves and their country; they are very friendly and offer hospitality beyond your expectations.