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Zambia

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Overview

Zambia is home to the mighty Zambezi river and the Mosi-o-Tunya (Victoria) Falls.

Zambia obtained independence from Rhodesia in 1964 under its first and most famous president, Kenneth Kaunda. During the tenure of president Levy Mwanawasa, the country was one of a handful of African states to openly criticize the regime of Robert Mugabe in neighboring Zimbabwe for its antidemocratic behavior. Tourism is a minor contributor to Zambia’s economy, which is still largely based on the export of copper and other metals from mines in the north. The TAZARA railway which runs from Kapiri Mposhi in the north of the country to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania for up to three days is one of the most popular railway journeys among travelers heading up East Africa without their own transport.

You can read more about the experiences and advice of Matadorians who have been to Zambia below.

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