Move your mouse over the points on the map and you'll find information about some of Zambia’s key attractions.

Try clicking on Kafue National Park. It's one of the biggest national parks in the world and home to a range of wildlife.

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Explore Tanzania

Explore some interesting places in Tanzania, including the capital and four of the country’s 40 national parks and game reserves.

Lake Tanganyika

Lake Tanganyika is one of the Great African Lakes and said to be the second largest freshwater lake in the world by volume, the second deepest, and also the world’s longest freshwater lake. Only the most southern area of the lake is found in Zambia – it is also part of Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania.

Poverty

Across the rest of the world, absolute poverty has halved over recent decades, but in Africa it has barely fallen.

About two-fifths of the population of sub-Saharan Africa survive week by week on what someone in the UK earns from just one hour's work on the minimum wage.

Ndola

Located in the Copperbelt and only a three-hour drive from Lusaka, Ndola is one of Zambia’s largest towns. Founded in the early 1900s as a trading centre, it is the country's mining and industrial base. Nevertheless, Ndola has a relaxed feel, with broad tree-lined avenues. Given the revenues generated from copper and cobalt mining, it is also one of the most affluent places in Zambia.

Women

A woman’s status varies by country and region across Africa. In many parts, women struggle against inequality in laws, education, pay and domestic responsibilities.

Women’s health is also at risk from traditional practices such as early marriage. But with better education, girls can make more informed choices, leading to the greater development of African nations.

Ngonye Falls

The Ngonye Falls (also known as the Sioma Falls) drop over 20 metres in a wide horse-shoe shape. They lie on the Zambezi River after it has travelled through the sand plains of the Kalahari. From here, the river flows on through Zambia, reaching impressive gorges and the dramatic Victoria Falls a few hundred kilometres downstream.

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Explore Zimbabwe

Find some of the key cities, sites of interest and national parks on this map of Zimbabwe.

Lusaka

One of the fastest-growing cities in central Africa, Lusaka is a sprawling metropolis. The capital incorporates both modern and traditional elements, with new high-rises, industrial areas and shopping malls in parts, as well as areas where roadside clubs and lively traditional markets can be found.

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Explore Mozambique

Visitors to Mozambique often stay along the country’s coastline, which boasts some of the country’s key attractions. But you’ll see from the map there are also many places of interest inland.

Climate

Africa is a massive continent, with a range of climates. Some regions are hot and dry, like the Sahara, Kalahari and Namib deserts. Other parts are wet or covered in tropical rainforest. Conditions also vary by altitude, from the dry salt pans of the Danakil Depression (one of the lowest points on earth) to the snowcaps (at certain times) of the highest mountains. Weather-wise, Africa has it all!

Livingstone Memorial

A memorial marks the place where missionary explorer David Livingstone died of malaria and dysentry in May 1873, in the village of Ilala, Zambia. At the wishes of the locals, Livingstone's heart was buried under an mpundu tree by his servants before they departed to the coast carrying his body. A 6m-high obelisk constructed of burnt brick marks where the tree burial took place.

Children

Around one in six children born in sub-Saharan Africa don't live to see their fifth birthday and life can be tough for those who do.

What are the common challenges facing African children and how do their lives compare with those of children in the UK?

South Luangwa National Park

South Laungwa National Park is famous for the richness of its wildlife, with over 60 animal species and 400 bird species in residence. The Luangwa River runs through the park and the river's ox-bow lagoons support large populations of animals, including giraffe, elephant, buffalo and hippo. Thanks to the 'walking safari' which originated here, it is now one of the most well known national parks in Africa.

Chipata

Chipata is the capital of the Eastern Province of Zambia and is situated on the border with Malawi. It is a popular starting point from which to travel to the South Luangwa National Park. The lively town has a large market and a mosque, as well as many bars, cafes and restaurants.

Games & Sport

Africa is home to arguably the oldest-recorded games and sports. While some are only known through archaeology, modern-day games and sports such as Mancala/Mankala and Nubian wrestling are very much alive today.

Of course, new sports have come along to claim the attention of Africans. You may have heard of one - it's called football.

Kabwe

Kabwe, known as Broken Hill when it was under colonial rule, is where Zambia's most famous prehistoric man was found in the 1920s. The near-perfect skull of ‘Broken Hill man’ was estimated to be 200,000 years old.

Foods

Africa has some of the most distinctive cuisines and flavours in the world. Food varies widely, but there are commonalities across regions. Depending on what's grown locally, dishes are also influenced by the traders, immigrants and rulers who settled across the continent. Arab, Asian and European elements blend in with traditional African cooking.

Livingstone

Close to the Zambezi River and some 10kms from Victoria Falls lies Livingstone, named after the famous Victorian missionary explorer, Dr. David Livingstone. The town acts as a gateway to the falls and Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.

Blue Lagoon National Park

Vast areas of the Blue Lagoon National Park transform from dry grassy flatlands to watery plains in the wet season. This attracts a huge range of migratory birds. These join permanent residents such as the malachite king fisher, yellow billed egret and wattled crane. Animals in the park include the Kafue lechwe and the sitatunga/marshbuck, both water-loving antelope species.

History

The first humans are thought to have lived in Africa and powerful African empires formed from the medieval age onwards.

However, today's African nations were shaped by the European powers who colonised this vast continent. Having gained their independence, many African countries are still coming to terms with the legacy left by their colonisers.

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Explore Namibia

Find out more about Namibia’s unique conservation areas and the history behind some of its towns and cities.

Agriculture & Famine

A quarter of the population of sub-Saharan Africa is undernourished and famines can impact whole regions.

Land is available to grow more food locally, but investment is needed in  technologies such as irrigation for land to be used effectively. Farmers must also adapt to climate change if they are to feed the continent's rising population.

Development

‘People are the real wealth of a nation.’ This is the belief of the United Nations, whose Millenium Development Goals provide a framework for improving the lives of millions.

It helps when nations are peaceful, stable and growing economically. But where even the poorest countries focus on health, education and creating fairer societies, more Africans have the chance of a better life.

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Explore Angola

Explore the map of Angola and discover more about some of the key places and features of interest.

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Explore Malawi

Discover some of Malawi’s most important places and features, such as Lake Malawi, which runs almost the entire length of the country.

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Explore DR Congo

Click the map points and find out more about some of the country's key towns, rivers and wildlife areas, many of which have National Park status.

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Explore Botswana

Find out about some of Botswana’s key attractions, such as the Okavango Delta and other places of interest, such as the capital city, Gaborone.

Geography & Wildlife

With its varied geography and diverse habits, the African continent is home to a wide range of flora and fauna. Though famous for its 'big game' animals, Africa has huge numbers of fish, mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian and insect species, as well as many tree, plant and flower species.

Victoria Falls

‘On sights as beautiful as this, angels in their flight must have gazed,’ an awestruck David Livingstone said on his first sight of Victoria Falls in 1855. On average, 935 cubic metres of water go over the precipice every second into a deep gorge more than 100 meters deep, creating a spectacular curtain of water.

Kafue National Park

Covering more than 22,500 sq km, the Kafue National Park is the largest and oldest in Zambia. Its grass and woodland terrain (known as 'miombo' - see Geography & Wildlife) is dissected by the Kafue River, which is home to water monitors, hippos and crocodiles. On land, enormous termite hills can be found, which have been built up over hundreds or even thousands of years. On the plains, lions, leopards and cheetahs can be seen.

Health

Africa has a high number of communicable diseases, which place a huge burden on healthcare systems. The vast majority of malaria cases and HIV/AIDS-related deaths occur in Africa; these two diseases currently represent the greatest threats.

With low investment in healthcare and a severe shortage of medical staff, many countries struggle to meet the health needs of their people.

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