A Overview of a Zambian Safari to the Victoria Falls

March is at the top of the wet year in Zambia. It is also the eco-friendly period once more – h2o and green almost everywhere. This early morning is specific and we are prepared to go!

We live in Chingola on the Zambian Copperbelt. It is really about 400 kilometers north of Lusaka, the money of Zambia. My spouse, Molly and I had resolved that I acquire a several days off from do the job. I operate as a geologist for one particular of the mining businesses. So you guessed suitable, rocks and minerals are my organization! But so is the Victoria Falls. Did I point out that it was our destination for that day’s ‘trip’?

Livingstone is household to the awe-inspiring, mystic…Victoria Falls. It is about 500 kilometers south of Lusaka. Now you know why we experienced to brace ourselves for this ‘small excursion,’ a journey covering some 1000 kilometers – a terrific driving test for a day! The glance of the morning suggests good climate, but as regular afternoon rains ended up anticipated. You understand to predict this sort of with age, you know : – )!

It is 6:00hrs in the early morning and we are packed ready to go. The youngsters, there are 4 good men we wouldn’t like to be with out, are hovering all around. The youngest Martha states, “See the falls for us also and come back residence properly.” They experienced to remain since they ended up likely to school later on that early morning.

I threw the maintain all bag in the boot of our spouse and children car or truck. It’s a Toyota Chaser, a saloon vehicle even now great on its wheels. It nevertheless drives simply on asphalt roadways and that was our type of highway all the way from Chingola to Livingstone. Virtually cutting Zambia in fifty percent. See the butterfly-formed map of our magic state Zambia.

Kitwe Zambia’s Next City

We ended up on our way…and thieving from a Chinese declaring “a journey of thousand miles starts off with 1 phase”. Just about thirty minutes later on we arrived in Kitwe. This is the to start with city exterior Chingola. It is the hub of the mining things to do in Zambia and the town is centrally positioned on the Copperbelt. Its ‘wealth’ arrives from the 4 bordering mining cities of Chililabombwe, Chingola, Mufulira and Luanshya.

Kitwe has a little central company district surrounded by household parts. There are a number of tall buildings within the company district. But company is rising and is now encroaching onto the close by suburbs. Extravagant workplaces are coming in the suburbs. You know, they pull down residences to switch them with office blocks.

Kitwe is a tiny cosmopolitan city, form of fast paced, men and women crisscrossing, procuring and some with all sorts of wares for sale. Hawker traders are almost everywhere. It is like everyone is marketing some factor and everybody is purchasing …unbelievable! The central business district is modest, just a couple of blocks or so and we were on the other facet of the town heart.

Ndola, the Pleasant Town

We remaining the city at the rear of as we drove on. A further thirty minutes later we arrived at Ndola, the funds of the Copperbelt Province. Dubbed the helpful city of the Copperbelt. Ndola was built as a professional and distribution centre. You can nonetheless see the impressions of its previous glory when situations ended up great. It has experienced the fate of the previous regime’s economic experiments! The production businesses both shut down or migrated in other places. A most hurried privatization took its toll in this article!

The central company district of Ndola is significantly larger sized and more spacious. The roadways are extensive and clean up. The stores are quite a few and you see a great deal of people and autos everywhere you go. Heaps of tall structures as well! In the aged times the attractiveness was complete. There was a lake on the river that bordered the city heart in the south. It divided the city from the southern suburb of Itawa. The International airport of the Copperbelt is over and above Itawa. Planes land in this article straight from Jo’burg (South Africa), Lubumbashi (D R Congo) and East Africa. It was constructed before the International Airport in Lusaka.

The minor lake in Ndola has a record. It used to be massive and serene. Very a splendor seriously. Now only a boating club even now exists but the water places, which used to be the common weekend action, are absent. Now you see individuals in a dugout canoe fishing illegally.

What introduced about this sad story? “One particular vivid” fellow brought from overseas a drinking water lily, a water hyacinth we named Kariba grass. It attacked the lake and approximately chocked it into extinction.

So there is no boating, no drinking water spots, very little! Just a smaller dam in the centre of what was the lake. The municipality is chaotic combating the wed, professing back again the lake. The lake is slowly coming back rising. It appears terrific periods are coming in advance, I hope?


We are back on the street and above an hour afterwards we designed it to Kapiri-Mposhi. This is the only town in Zambia with a hyphenated name. Kapiri as it is ordinarily known as is a small town but on a rail and crossroad. It need to improve to meet up with the worries of crossroad settlements. It is below exactly where the Chinese excellent railway to Dar-es-Salaam starts.

The Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) railway connects Zambia to the east coastline of Africa in Tanzania. Using Chinese technological innovation the hills had been slice and the valleys had been buried throughout construction of the railway line. Over a thousand this kind of engineering fits are observed on its 3,000 as well as kilometre length to East Africa.

Kapiri is a gateway to East Africa. If you experience adventurous you can drive to the northeastern of Zambia. Then cross Tanzania to Dar-es-Salaam on the east coat of Africa. I have done this journey when and driving just more than a thousand kilometers to the border was my recurrent pastime in my previously life. But that is a further tale!

We did not quit at Kapiri but drove through the small but rising browsing middle.

Kabwe, the 1st Mining City

Forty minutes or so afterwards, howdy Kabwe. I feel the Bemba speaking folks will not item if I say the title indicates ‘small rock’. Kabwe has a wonderful history. It was as soon as identified as Damaged Hill. Sure you can guess it, the popular Broken Hill Man, a cranium of our latest ancestors (homo rhodensiensis) – we as human beings are homo sepiens. This skull is now resident in a British isles museum. The Broken Hill Man skull was identified at the get started of mining functions.

Kabwe is the to start with mining city in Zambia. You will find a billboard declaring just that at the entrance of the town. The mining operations ceased in 1994 but Kabwe did not grow to be a ghost town.

Support arrived from the reality that it lies on the Fantastic North Street that joins Lusaka, Zambia’s money town and the Copperbelt in the north. Farming has taken root listed here. The central business enterprise district proceeds to be a hive of activity. It’s rather a sprawling town heart, roomy and loads of space. The premier textile manufacturing firm in Zambia is identified in Kabwe. It is an example of Chino-Zambia government partnership.

Lusaka, the Funds City

We have been back on the highway and just after one particular and a fifty percent hours of driving brought us into Lusaka. Hello there Money …and the targeted traffic is just dissipating following the morning hurry hour. Its 10:00hrs two hours soon after the manufacturing facility and office employees had managed to sneak into their work locations! (I would not want them to hear me say that).

Lusaka was when explained the fastest developing city in Sub-Sahara Africa. In 1964, at independence from Terrific Britain, Zambia was born with a ‘silver spoon in its mouth’, or should I say a copper spoon? With the pleasure in the air and delight boosting the egos Zambians had been a content whole lot. The neighbouring nations around the world to the south have been all however below colonial rule. The overall economy was booming buildings had been going up everywhere. The governing administration was making colleges in point a school in every district and a healthcare facility also! Schooling was totally free. The occasions were being good. Voila! Wake up Zambia!

The state has fallen on bad luck. Very poor procedures, superior oil charges, and many others did get paid out to that. Now it really is a wrestle for Zambians BUT there are indications that improved situations are however to appear.

On the other hand Cairo road is still a good major street. Stunning skyscrapers go over the horizons. Retailers are in every single developing. And the people today… they’re all over the place. Lusaka’s inhabitants is two million people and that’s 20 per cent of Zambia’s population… all in just one city. Like just about every good cosmopolitan metropolis in Africa you will obtain anything at all you want. The road venders are just about everywhere offering all forms of goodies and awesome types also!

When you glimpse at the vehicles on the major streets of Lusaka no a single would blame you if you momentarily believed you have been in Japan. Japanese cars are almost everywhere. And most are brandy new too! Vehicles from South Africa, the Uk, Germany, and France are all observed in this article. New structures are popping up almost everywhere and in sundry areas as if house is in brief offer. Is this place very poor, you might question.

Sorry I digressed… We decided to surprise Molly’s cousin at her residence. Effectively, maybe I should say we had been far more fascinated on the selfmade breakfast? Bear in mind we started off off without it that morning. After some greetings and enquiries about her children who ended up then at college and her spouse who was chaotic at get the job done, they had been at each other! Chatting and hooting happily like schoolgirls – who ever mentioned schoolgirls do that, I surprise?

Quickly it was lunchtime and a speedy light lunch was served. But we resolved to leave in advance of the family was again. We failed to want a additional hold off that would outcome if the family arrived although we had been nevertheless at their house. Bear in mind the Victoria Falls was even now even more than the distance we experienced presently included from Chingola.

Oh, prior to I ignore. Seeking again we likely drove as a result of rains twice or three instances. You prevent to rely rainfalls when it really is a everyday occurrence. I never ever look to prevent taking pleasure in this nevertheless! Windows shut, a contact of warmth from the automobile AC, my favorite audio on – this time it was an African beat by Oliver Mtukudzi from Zimbabwe. The audio of the raindrops and the swishing sound of tires on the moist asphalt road, occasional autos and vans going the other way! Just visualize that sensation, the sense of security versus the components of the climate – rain and wind as you drive previous. Regrettably driving in the rain provides Molly some soreness. Inadequate her! She could not take pleasure in that fantastic pleasurable feeling!


Kafue is like a dormitory town currently being a mere 35 kms south of Lusaka. That was our upcoming town but it took about thirty minutes – what with the weighty targeted visitors and a few turns on the hilly street. The turns are terrific for all those with a dare satan mind-set. Imagine, you are driving down the hillside and then up the slope… and all of a sudden a rushing truck shoots out of a bend! But I type of take pleasure in that. The excitement of danger, you know!

Kafue is a stone toss away from the banking companies of Kafue River from which the city derived its name. The Kafue River arrives out of the Kafue Flats as it meanders on its way down stream. The Kafue Flats are dwelling to Lochinvar Nationwide Park, a chicken sanctuary located up stream of the river in just the flats. Additional than 741 chook species have been recorded in Lochinvar and the counting proceeds! Birders, this is your paradise.

Outdoors Kafue we cross the bridge above the river. There is a new bridge now. The previous bridge was a “transplant” from the Uk, a present from the British Overseas Business. Its stay lasted virtually a century on this web-site. Following its usefulness was long gone the bridge was replaced with a brand new a person – a Japanese know-how! And that’s what we drove on.

Mazabuka, the “Sweetest Town”

Hi Mazabuka! The town is nicknamed the “sweetest town” in Zambia thanks to the sugar cane and the sugar factory. Zambia Sugar Plc owned by the Ilovu Sugar Team has a sugar cane plantation. It is situated a handful of kms outside the town on the Kafue Flats.

In it’s meandering the Kafue gets very near to Mazabuka.

Zambia Sugar makes extra sugar than the country’s local need. The surplus finishes up filling part of the African quarter on the market of the European Union. Opportunities are good in Zambia. Just a short while ago a further sugar company has sprung up on the other facet of the Kafue, outside the house Lusaka.

Mazabuka is now dealing with a whole lot of functions. The town is escalating steadily, probably, the ‘sweetness’ is attracting all and sundry. But then Mazabuka is ideal on the Excellent North Road in the farming block of Southern Province, as soon as referred to as the maize belt. Massive portions of maize grain utilised to be developed around here in the 1960’s and 70’s. Not any additional, at minimum not as much!

We are on our way yet again. This time we have been heading for Monze, a modest town on the freeway. We drove past it without having halting except to gradual down a small to stay away from the wrath of the visitors police. They “pitched a tent”, I indicate, place up a highway block to test for car or truck highway conditioning, driving licences and street tax. So we experienced to faux that we were driving below the optimum pace limit as a result of a designed up region.

I will not know about you, but it appears to me that the website traffic police are the exact in all places. They’re going to hold off you unnecessarily. When they end you just view them going for walks toward you little by little and majestically, like they very own the earth. You get filled with chagrin as you see the minutes tick by. What a torture they’re!

Again on the street and an additional investing centre, a really smaller city flicks by. We never trouble to quit for the reason that our goal the Victoria Falls is even now way also considerably ahead.


It is now Choma town. Once yet again correct on the freeway. The targeted visitors is mild at this time of the working day. So driving is a satisfaction. We stopped for some refreshment. Absolutely nothing beats a small stretching after seating in the motor vehicle for so extended like we had endured. Choma is a different town I enjoy so significantly. This like emanates from people old college days as a college student on a subject tour – you know, studying rocks and all, geology all over again!

Through my college student days and on two events we ventured into the Zambezi Rift Valley, south of here, to have a glimpse at a coal deposit and how it was staying mined. You know, coal fashioned below rigorous heat due to a huge covering layer of rock deposited numerous tens of millions many years in the past. Coal is a cousin of black gold, ‘oil’, but regrettably it isn’t going to pull in as considerably funds. What a pity!

So I digressed yet again… Choma is a neat town with its key buildings and shops all on the throughway. We took some beverages and a very little relaxation at a preferred stop for buses and motorist. And we had to go away. This was only just about half way to Livingstone from Lusaka.

As we leave town it can be raining all over again and I m delighted to note this. Molly is a ‘touch’ as well disappointed. “This terrible rain is back again all over again”, I can nearly read her head and audibly she remarked, “Will not likely it ever prevent raining?” Lousy me I answered to spite her. ” You know, we want the rains, at minimum the farmers do”. I deliberately prevented seeking at her but I could experience the mood. I realized what she thought. I was incorrigible just as the persistent rain by itself.

Kalomo is an additional of all those trading facilities on the highway. A lot of farming pursuits in the encompassing location and stores to “siphon” the tricky earned dollars from the farmers. It’s a two-way factor truly. Farmers are content to purchase merchandise after promoting their crops. Once again no halting. We have been now kind of tied. Only seeking ahead to a great night’s relaxation in Livingstone. Rapidly we have been previous this compact city.

Here is a splendor. There is a city, uncomfortably little though, named right after me, yes me! Perfectly, it’s only a coincidence. The city is referred to as “Zimba” specifically spelled like my title is. So you see, how proud I truly feel about it. I actually fake the town is named following “great” me. What a desire! Sadly our desperation was now heightened and we genuinely wished we could just be up and we are in Livingstone. But regretably we have been only driving previous my ‘beautiful tiny city.’

We were being now on our last leg. We were driving once more, the Toyota Chaser eating up the highway with relieve, heading to our destination …Livingstone…and the Mighty Victoria Falls!

You should not neglect that! 76 kilometres later on and as the French say “Voila” we experienced arrived in Livingstone and safely way too…