Zambia's Children

Monday, August 15, 2005

Magical Zambia

There are many ways of exploring Zambia. It can be almost a 'holiday of a lifetime' with guarantee. The visitor can stay in luxurious lodges, which are hidden away in the wilderness. With certainty one can find this country is the 'Gem of Africa'. In the remote areas there is the traditional way of life to watch. Women are still pounding the home grown maize. The chitenge is the traditional cloth the babies are wrapped up with to keep them safe on Mum's back. If there is a river, one can find the men fishing from their dugout canoes. Children are herding the cattle. Some might be lucky to be able to watch colourful ceremonies for various reasons.

Then there are the western traditions slowly moving in as well. It can be seen in many places and not only in the big cities but also in some of the remote villages. Even the westernisation is creeping up, time-keeping can be a problem. Telecomunication is not always available when you need it, buses don't always have a time table - they just go when they are full.

The Zambian People are very friendly. It is of great importance to greet one another the right way, especially in remote areas, where it can be very complex and depending on the age, sex and the relationship to the person. It took me a while to get used to younger people bob or kneel when greeting. Children will most of the time wave and they will be more then happy if they are getting waved back to.

It is easy to get tempted to give away clothes, money or other items. A better way of helping is to contact one of the charities or development agencies.

Beside the game parks there are beautiful lakes, rivers and mountain ranges to see. With the right preparation, your trip to Zambia can definitely be "THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME".


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