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Zambia

Background

Zambia

The territory of Northern Rhodesia was administered by the [British] South Africa Company from 1891 until it was taken over by the UK in 1923. During the 1920s and 1930s, advances in mining spurred development and immigration. The name was changed to Zambia upon independence in 1964. In the 1980s and 1990s, declining copper prices and a prolonged drought hurt the economy. Elections in 1991 brought an end to one-party rule, but the subsequent vote in 1996 saw blatant harassment of opposition parties. The election in 2001 was marked by administrative problems with three parties filing a legal petition challenging the election of ruling party candidate Levy MWANAWASA. The new president launched an anticorruption investigation in 2002 to probe high-level corruption during the previous administration. In 2006-07, this task force successfully prosecuted four cases, including a landmark civil case in the UK in which former President CHILUBA and numerous others were found liable for USD 41 million. MWANAWASA was reelected in 2006 in an election that was deemed free and fair. Upon his abrupt death in August 2008, he was succeeded by his Vice President Rupiah BANDA, who subsequently won a special presidential election in October 2008.

About

Zambia is in Southern Africa. Roughly the size of Texas or France, Zambia is a landlocked country, bordered by Tanzania to the northeast, Malawi to the east, Mozambique to the southeast, Zimbabwe and Botswana to the south, a narrow strip of Namibia known as the Caprivi Strip to the southwest, Angola to the west, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the northwest.

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ZambiaInterContinental Lusaka 

Haile Selassie Avenue
Lusaka 10101
Zambia

Price (US$): $245 - $365 / night

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Location. InterContinental Lusaka is a business friendly hotel located in central Lusaka, close to Lusaka National Museum, Freedom Statue, and National Assembly of Zambia. Other area points of interest include Independence Stadium. Hotel Features. InterContinental Lusaka's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, outdoor tennis courts, a sauna, and a fitness facility. Spa… more »

ZambiaTaj Pamodzi Hotel 

Po Box 35450 Church Road
Lusaka 10101
Zambia

Price (US$): $225 - $1000 / night

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Location. Taj Pamodzi Hotel is located in Lusaka, close to Lusaka National Museum, Freedom Statue, and National Assembly of Zambia. Additional area points of interest include Independence Stadium. Hotel Features. Taj Pamodzi Hotel's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The hotel also has a snack bar/deli and a coffee shop/café. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary breakfast. Recreational amenities include an… more »

ZambiaThorn Tree River Lodge 

Inside Mosi Oa Park
Livingstone
Zambia

Price (US$): $666 - $667 / night

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Location. Located in Livingstone, Thorn Tree River Lodge is on a river with local attractions including Railway Museum, Livingstone Museum, and Zambezi National Park. Additional area points of interest include Maramba Cultural Museum. Hotel Features. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include tour/ticket assistance and laundry facilities. Guestrooms. 9 guestrooms at Thorn Tree River… more »

ZambiaDavid Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa 

Riverside Drive
Off Sichango Road
Livingstone 1111
Zambia

Price (US$): $497 - $498 / night

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Location. David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa is located in Livingstone, close to Railway Museum, Victoria Falls National Park, and Devil's Pool. Nearby points of interest also include Livingstone Museum and Mosi oa Tunya National Park. Hotel Features. David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa's restaurant serves lunch and dinner. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. The property's full… more »

ZambiaRoyal Chundu Zambezi River Lodge 

Plot 9003, Katambora
Nakatindi Road
Kazungula
Zambia

Price (US$): $1160 - $1161 / night

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Location. Located in Kazungula, Royal Chundu Zambezi River Lodge is on a river. Hotel Features. Dining options at Royal Chundu Zambezi River Lodge include 2 restaurants. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. For a surcharge, the property offers a roundtrip airport shuttle (available on request). Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include gift shops/newsstands, secure parking, and coffee in the lobby.… more »

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Zambia

Full name
Republic of Zambia
Capital
Lusaka
Location

Southern Africa, east of Angola

Geographic coordinates

15 25 S, 28 17 E

Area comparative

slightly larger than Texas

Border countries

Angola 1,110 km, Democratic Republic of the Congo 1,930 km, Malawi 837 km, Mozambique 419 km, Namibia 233 km, Tanzania 338 km, Zimbabwe 797 km

Coastline

0 km (landlocked)

Climate

tropical; modified by altitude; rainy season (October to April)

Terrain

mostly high plateau with some hills and mountains

Lowest point

Zambezi river 329 m

Highest point

unnamed elevation in Mafinga Hills 2,301 m

Natural resources

copper, cobalt, zinc, lead, coal, emeralds, gold, silver, uranium, hydropower

Population

13,460,305

Ethnic groups

African 99.5% (includes Bemba, Tonga, Chewa, Lozi, Nsenga, Tumbuka, Ngoni, Lala, Kaonde, Lunda, and other African groups), other 0.5% (includes Europeans, Asians, and Americans) (2000 Census)

Religions

Christian 50%-75%, Muslim and Hindu 24%-49%, indigenous beliefs 1%

Languages

Bemba 30.1% (official), Nyanja 10.7% (official), Tonga 10.6% (official), Lozi 5.7% (official), Chewa 4.9%, Nsenga 3.4%, Tumbuka 2.5%, Lunda 2.2% (official), Kaonde 2% (official), Lala 2%, Luvale 1.7% (official), English 1.7% (official), other 22.5% (2000 Census)

Government type

republic

Independence

24 October 1964 (from the UK)

National holiday

Independence Day, 24 October (1964)

Chief of state

President Rupiah BANDA (since 19 August 2008); Vice President George KUNDA (since 14 November 2008); note - President BANDA was acting president during the illness leading up to the death of President Levy MWANAWASA on 18 August 2008, he was then elected president on 30 October 2008 to serve out the remainder of MWANAWASA's term; the president is both the chief of state and head of government

Head of government

President Rupiah BANDA (since 19 August 2008); Vice President George KUNDA (since 14 November 2008)

Internet country code

.zm

Internet users

816,200 (2009)

Airports

94 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Mpulungu

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