For a land-locked country, Zambia has a lot of water.
Not only do the famous Victoria Falls border this African country, but there are many rivers and lakes here as well.
With three major rivers, five lakes, 17 waterfalls and numerous wetlands, Zambia has so much water power that it sources the Kariba Dam. (See map below).
Waterways of Zambia were also the attraction for David Livingstone in the mid-1800s, in his driving efforts to share the teachings of Christianity and abolish the African slave trade.
He determined that by mapping the Central African watershed, he would open the interior of Africa to “Christianity, Commerce, and Civilization.”
Livingstone was the first westerner to see the great falls of Mosi-oa-Tunya (“the smoke that thunders). Eventually he would identify not only Victoria Falls but also many lakes and rivers, especially the Zambezi River, providing pioneering details and enabling large regions to be mapped.
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Zambia has its problems from corruption to poverty, shrinking forests, poaching, and severe loss of habitat. This has made it difficult for wildlife to exist outside the parks.
But within the roughly 20 national parks of Zambia water is flowing and wildlife flock to it. More about Zambia wildlife here.
I saw more hippos here than I ever thought possible. And water, a sought-after resource all across Africa, was refreshingly abundant.
It was on the banks of the Luangwa River where we had our midnight encounter with a mother elephant and her baby. Read more here.
Water is a necessary resource for all of us, and fortunately Zambia is covered with it.
Photo credit: Athena Alexander