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The Source of the Zambezi River
October 11, 2005

AFRICA’S BEST KEPT SECRET Biweekly Edition

October 11, 2005 Issue #005
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Written by Enestle Zimba,
Founding Editor
(c) copyright 2005 Zambia African Safari.com

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o Africa’s Best Kept Secret

-- o Just My Thoughts

-- o Resource Centre

-- o Free Trials

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o Why is Zambia safari...Africa’s best kept secret?
Because of...

...The Source of the Zambezi River.

So where does the Zambezi River originate from?
In a botanic reserve, one of Zambia’s best-
preserved examples of forestry vegetation. The
botanic garden is known as the Zambezi River
Source National Forest
. This botanic forest
covers an area of 36.8 hectares.

The Zambezi River is Africa’s fourth largest river
after the Nile, the Congo (formerly Zaire) and the
Niger Rivers. From its source in the heart of
Africa to its delta (river mouth) on the Indian
Ocean the river flows through 3,540 kms and in six
countries. It drains an area of some 1,300,000
square kilometres (502,000 sq mi).

Zambia is named after the Zambezi. A monument at
the Zambezi source was unveiled on October 24,
1964. This date is Zambia’s Independence Day from
Britain. There is a copper plate at the centre of
the independence monument. It’s inscribed, “This
plague unveiled on 24 October, 1964... is dedicated
to those people, men and women, who by their
personal sacrifice enabled independence to be
achieved. This monument... from which Zambia
derived its name ...commemorates the birth of a
new nation in which all are free, equal and united.”

Very bold and wise words indeed! Luckily Zambia has
lived to this prophecy. No war has taken place here.
It’s a haven of peace and people from civil torn
countries have found refuge here. Its 73 ethnic
groups live in harmony. An example of unity in
diversity!

The Zambezi River source is found near the town
of Mwinilunga in north western Zambia and in the
vicinity of a famous hill. It’s called Kaleni
Hills
made popular by the early missionaries who
settled there. It’s near this hill, albeit some
48 odd kilometers away, that the Zambezi derives
its water. This source is a spring with
unimpressive start. But that’s how big things
start. Small!

The tiny spring bubbles between roots of a small
tree. The older tree has now fallen down replaced
by a younger tree. The water from the spring does
not flow away but instead it sinks again into an
underground river, which outcrops 10 metres away.

This second ‘spring’ also sinks down only to appear
30 metres down slope. The river then flows on surface
and becomes wider and larger as it covers more distance.
Forty-eight kilometres down stream the river is becomes
large and powerful. It cuts into rocks, like a baby
cuts its first teeth, to form the Zambezi Rapids near
the border with Angola. The river enters Angola
for about 300 kilometres before it renters Zambia
and travel for a few thousands kilometres.

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o Just My Thoughts

Allen Harkness, the former chairman of Livingstone
Tourism Association (LTA) said “Tourism in Zambia
has beaten the tourism of the neighbouring Zimbabwe.
Today, Zambia is recognized as the world-class
tourist destination. This is in recognition that
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has
designated two hotels; The Royal Livingstone in
Mosi-oa-Tunya Game Park and the Sausage Tree in
Lower Zambezi Game Park as leading world class
luxury destinations.

In addition Tongabezi, also in Mosi-oa-Tunya
Game Park, has won 5 awards from the United Kingdom
and the United Sates of America as one of the most
unique destinations in the world. The book “One of
the Places You Should See Before You Die” has
featured all three hotels; The Royal Livingstone,
Sausage Tree
and Tongabezi.”

Mr Harkness of LTA further recommends that “Another
of the pleasant surprises of Zambia’s tourism is the
lodge Songwe Point, designed like a typical Zambian
village with a local hospitality that has captured
the market of the upper class tourists of the world.”

Here you use light from lanterns and eat Zambian
food cooked on open fires. So you get to smell wood
fires, wow! No land phones, no cookers, but warm
clean water and clean linen. Cooking and eating
utensils, Zambian!

Then there is the Maramba Cultural village of
Chief Mukuni. You see Zambian cultural as it
has been practiced from time immemorial. Fancy that!

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Written by: Enestle Zimba
Africa’s Best Kept Secret Ezine (Abkse)
(c) copyright 2005 Zambia African Safari.com
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