About Zambia

Victoria Falls


ZAMBIA, a country in the heart of Africa whose people are charming and incredibly welcoming, is famous for its wildlife and natural beauty.

A visit to Zambia is an exciting experience.  As Zambia Tourism describes it, Zambia is “the land of the legendary African walking safari, the Victoria Falls, the wild Zambezi River, breath-taking lakes, abundant wildlife, and raw, pulsating wilderness, all in one friendly country. 

Zambia gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1964 and its flag tells its story.

The green stands for its natural resources and vegetation.
The red symbolizes its struggle for freedom.
The black represents the people of Zambia.
The orange is the symbol of the country’s mineral wealth.
The eagle soaring above the three vertical bands represents the ability of the people to rise above the nation’s problems.

Quick Facts

  • Population: 17 million (2017)
    • The median age of the population is 17 years.
    • 46% of Zambians are under the age of 14; 2.5% are over 65. 
    • Over 1 million orphans live in Zambia.
  • Capital city: Lusaka
    • Population: 2.5 million (2013)
  • Major languages: English (Official), Bemba, Nyanja, Tonga, Lozi
  • Major religions: Christianity, Indigenous beliefs
  • Life exectancyat birth: 58 years (2014)  
    • 12.7% of the popuation live with HIV/AIDS (2014).
  • Monetary Unit: 1 kwacha = 100 ngwee
  • Population living below $1.25 per day: 74.45% (2014)