The experience was certainly missing from my nomadic life: the full theft of my belongings while travelling, and that was in Zambia. I am not resentful, here is the portrait of Zambia
Zambia could offer the traveller an eternal memory, it is still where you can see the Victoria Falls! However, it is still far from there and hardly attracts the curious…
Tourists come to see them mainly through Zimbabwe. This neighbour also faces difficulties, but it has more than twice as many tourists as Zambia. Zimbabwe has 2.4 million tourists and Zambia 1 million (2016).
These two countries are not only at the bottom of the list of tourist destinations because of Z. The reasons for the desertion of visitors are multiple: insecurity, anti-white racism, delirious inflation, cash crisis for Zimbabwe. As for Zambia, the reputation of a dangerous country (armed factions, landmines near the northern border) and the assaults around the falls and tourist places paint an unflattering picture.
I promised the truth, nothing but the truth. But beware, if all the following is true, it does not mean that it is immutable
Thefts have multiplied dramatically in Livingstone: 6 thefts and burglaries in one month, and this figure only concerns the declarations of French nationals. Alas, I am one of the statistics. The police are useless, inoperative. If the premises were not so stinking and dilapidated, I would say that it is decorative. The policemen don’t even have a pen (fortunately I had mine) and to enable them to make investigations you will have to pay for the petrol of the car.
Zambia has wonderful parks where wildlife roams freely and beautiful landscapes
Alas, it is not the only country that is home to lions and kudu! It is not the only country to allow access to the mythical falls of almost 2km long! In order to be able to explore this beautiful country, one should be able to explore it without having to lock oneself up in one’s 4×4 or hotel reserved for foreigners. Safety should not be a question of financial means.
I persist: Zambia is certainly a magnificent destination, a land of adventure and encounters
I am firmly convinced that if my adventure had not come to such a brutal end, Zambia would certainly shine in the firmament of my travels.
Precisely because it is not touristy, precisely because Zambians are like people everywhere else in the world: 99% good ones. Most of them I’ve met along the way have been great encounters. I could count on their warmth and also their spontaneous and surprising generosity. Their solicitude and their desolation to see me stripped were sincere. They have done so much to bring back positive experiences with me that I must return this honour to them.
So, how’s victoria falls?
It’s about the only remarkable thing I’ve ever seen in Zambia, I owe them a few lines. The victoria falls are simply huge
Around Livingstone, it is possible to visit Mukuni: a lively village, deeply rooted in Zambian traditions
What do they eat in Zambia? A few good things but the palm comes back to the caterpillars!
Zambian cuisine is not very varied. You can’t miss Nshima, the dense corn-based puree and ifisashi, which is found almost everywhere in Africa. Ifisashi can be compared to a pan of local spinach with peanuts, onions, tomatoes and just about anything that can fall under the stove’s knife: squash, sweet potato, beans, tomatoes and various vegetables unknown to Westerners.
But the best both in experience and taste will definitely be the caterpillars. Make the effort to overcome your prejudices: it’s very, very good!
Zambie, Best Of
How about we go home? Without passport and money, the choice suddenly becomes limited ...
Ahhh, France! Its bakeries, its metro, its landscapes and its varied gastronomy. You would have to be blind or dishonest to deny it: France is a magnificent country!