Top tip: Be brave with the banana beer
At the southern end of the man-made lake Kariba is one of the most spectacular sights in the world, Victoria Falls. On a high plateau in the east and north-east of the country, covered by deciduous savannah, small trees, grassy plains and marshland are the fantastic Luangwa and Kafue National Parks with one of the most prolific animal populations in Africa.
Although in the tropics the height of the plateau ensures that the climate is rarely stiflingly hot, except in valleys. The winter season from May to September is cool and dry; it is hot and dry in October and November; and the rainy season from December to April is even hotter.
Facts and Figures
|Area||752,614 sq km (290,586 sq miles).|
|Population||12,935,000 (2009 estimate)|
|Capital||Lusaka- population 1,742,979 (2010 estimate)|
|Language||English is the official language, but there are over 73 local dialects. The main languages are Bemba, Kaonde, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Nyanja and Tonga.|
|Religion||Around 30 per cent of the population is Christian (Protestant and Roman Catholic), a smaller number are Muslim and Hindu, and a small minority have traditional animist beliefs.|
|Time||GMT + 2.|
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