British grandfather raises £15,000 after tackling the Zambezi

A retired policeman from Plymouth in south-west England recently raised £15,000 for charity after spending four days on Zambia’s mighty Zambezi River. Trevor Broome, aged 62, spent each night beside his raft on the river bank, as he and an international team navigated their way from Victoria Falls and through the …

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Zambia poised to reach 1 million tourist arrivals in 2015

Authorities in Zambia have expressed optimism that the country will be able to capture the targeted 1 million tourist arrivals in 2015, the country’s investment agency said on Tuesday. According to a statement posted on the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) Facebook page, the country was expected to hit the 1-million mark …

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State-of-the-art Convention Centre in Zambia’s Tourism Capital

THE Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA) has made a lot of progress on the construction of a state-of-the-art Convention Centre in Livingstone at a cost of about US$ 300 million. ZICA president Wesley Beene said the project, whose ground breaking ceremony and laying of the foundation stone took place …

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Revisiting the Zambia hunting debate in light of Cecil’s slaughter

The sad and, more importantly, unlawful killing of one of Africa’s best-known lions, Cecil, in neighbouring Zimbabwe has taken social media by storm in the last few days and has done serious damage to the “cause” of the pro trophy hunting community. But while Cecil’s death has prompted considerable reevaluation …

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Zambia Tourism Board to widen its reach

ZAMBIA Tourism Board (ZTB) says it has started diversifying its marketing strategies to tap the growing market like India and other Asian countries. ZTB managing director Felix Chaila said Zambia has been receiving tourists from India but they come through South Africa as add-ons to view the Victoria Falls. “Three …

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Luangwa Safari House Turns 10, South Luangwa

By Claire Birtwhistle Turning 10 years old! It’s a momentous occasion for any child to hit the double digits but for a safari camp it is an even bigger achievement. Luangwa Safari House is patting itself on the back for growing up this year. 2015 marks the 10 year anniversary …

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The Copperbelt has more to offer than just copper

NKOMBO KACHEMBA THE Copperbelt Province is synonymous with mining, but this is slowly changing with the growth of other sectors such as the tourism industry. The province, which is endowed with rich mineral resources, also has the potential to become one of the preferred tourist destinations in Zambia. According to …

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Lifting the big cat hunting ban: another insight

We want to hear from you. Do you think lifting the big cat hunting ban is a good or bad move for Zambia? Will it effect your desire to visit the country? Tick a box below and we will do our best to ensure that the Minister of Tourism, the …

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Lifting the big cat hunting ban: Some thoughts and a call

Disclaimer: Zambiatourism.com is privately-owned and managed by Biggestleaf and Africa Insites. The views expressed in this post are those of the writer alone. On the 15th of May, Zambian Minister of Tourism, Jean Kapata, announced that a two year ban on the hunting of lions and other big cats in …

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US $2.4 Million Spent on Zambia’s Tourism Marketing

The Zambian government has said it is spending US $2.4 million on tourism marketing this year, in a bid to draw more attention from the international market. Tourism and Arts Permanent Secretary Stephen Mwansa said that “as the government, we are doing a lot” and that the private sector players in …

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Zambia Tourism Putting Zambia in Print

You may remember that towards the end of last year a small team of from Zambia Tourism embarked on an an epic 7 week tour around the country with a view to expanding and updating the content on this website, growing relationships with operators, lodge owners etc on the ground …

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Music festival to Support Zambia’s Wildlife

CACTUS Agony, Kapiri Mposhi Top Rank Suite, a reggae band from South Africa and guest disc jockeys from the United Kingdom are some of the attractions at this year’s EleFest, a musical initiative that is meant to support Zambia’s country’s wildlife. This year’s EleFest, described as Zambia’s wildest music and …

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Another Accolade for Robin Pope

National Geographic Traveler magazine has today announced that Robin Pope Safaris’ Mobile Walking Safari experience has been chosen as a 2015 Tour of a Lifetime. In its 10th annual list National Geographic Traveler selected 50 of the world’s “most authentic, most innovative, most immersive, best-guided, and most sustainable tours.” More details can …

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Zambia’s provincial HQs to get new cultural centres

CONSTRUCTION of cultural centres in the 10 provinces has commenced to enhance tourism activities in Zambia, Tourism and Art Minister Jean Kapata has said. Ms Kapata said yesterday that so far, Government had put up cultural centres in four provinces, while the other six, would be erected during the year. …

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Lion Encounter Zambia to Suspend Lion Walks

The Directors and Managment of Lion Encounter Zambia have agreed to suspend lion walks in Zambia as of November 2015. According to their website, this move follows “recommendations by and “consultations with” ALERT’s Executive Committee. The Lion Encounter press release goes on to say that “the main objective of this …

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Zambia To Dominate Safari Awards Again?

Late last year in London, Norman Carr Safaris in Zambia was named by The Safari Awards as the Best Safari Experience in Africa, 2015.  A further 14 safari lodges, houses and mobile organisations were honoured for their achievements in areas such as contribution to local communities, ecological sensitivity, safari guiding and …

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Walking With Lions: Con or Conservation? Further Thoughts

Some of you may have seen my post late last year questioning the ethics of “lion walks” on the Zambian side of Vic Falls in the face of growing allegations, concerns and criticism from former employees, volunteers, journalists and conservationists. My post also bore the news that conversation with Zambia …

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ZTB Markets New Uni-Visa At New York Times Travel Show

The Zambia Tourism Board’s Marketing Manager Doris Kofi and her delegation were recently in New York at the feted New York Times Travel Show to market the new uni-visa for Zimbabwe and Zambia to the global travel industry. Mrs Kofi said: “The Kaza Visa, which we launched last year, is …

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Meet Kalengo Kamwendo, Zambia’s youngest pilot

At the tender age of twenty years old, Kalenga Kamwendo has become Zambia’s youngest pilot, having been hired as part of Proflight Zambia’s commitment to supporting Zambian youth and nurturing young local talent. Kamwendo was given the job on his 20th Birthday in August last year, and has since joined …

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Time for Zambia to Come up With a Tourism Master Plan

The Hotel and Catering Association of Zambia (HCAZ) has urged the Zambian government to come up with a tourism master plan to help guide the tourism sector’s operations through 2015 and beyond. HCAZ president Daniel Mweetwa said: “As a country, we need a master plan on tourism which will encompass …

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