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Zambia

Zambia

Often referred to as the “Butterfly in the Heart of Africa” Zambia truly possesses some of the most spectacular sights in all of Africa. Home to the legendary Victoria Falls, Zambia offers is studded with beautiful lakes and untouched forests. Zambia also impresses with a diverse wealth of wildlife, including antelope, buffalo, elephants, hippos, lions, tigers and giraffes, including some of the rarest species on Earth. Perfect for the active vacationer, Zambia also offers numerous outdoor activities, from canoeing to white-water rafting and even bungee jumping.

A landlocked country in Central Africa, Zambia is bordered by Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Shaped like a butterfly, Zabmia occupies a total land area roughly equal to the US state of Texas, or roughly 70% the size of Ontario. While English is the official language, Zambia is home to roughly 70 other indigenous languages as well.

Zambia can be especially hot from September through November, often reaching highs of 42°C during the day, with averages around 38°C. Zambia's wet season runs from December through April, though the effects of the rain on the roads is often of greater concern than the hours of rainfall that occur each day. The busiest time of year is the dry season, which begins in May and runs through to August. Daytime temperatures average 24-28°C but can drop to as low as 7°C at night. Still, most tourists prefer to go at this time of year, as the height of the Falls is highest and wildlife easiest to spot.

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