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The Republic of Zambia is a landlocked country in southern Africa. The neighbouring countries are the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the northeast, Malawi to the east, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia to the south and Angola to the west. The capital city is Lusaka, located in the southeast of the country. The population is concentrated mainly around the capital and the Copperbelt to the northwest.

Zambia has been inhabited for thousands of years by hunter gatherers and migrating tribes. After sporadic visits by European explorers starting in the 18th century, Zambia was gradually claimed and occupied by the British as the protectorate of Northern Rhodesia towards the end of the 19th century. On 24th October 1964 the protectorate gained independence with the new name of Zambia, derived from the Zambezi River which flows through the country. After independence the country moved towards a system of one party rule with Kenneth Kaunda as president. Kaunda dominated Zambian politics until multiparty elections were held in 1991.

Zambia's economy has been traditionally dominated by the copper mining industry. However, the government has recently been pursuing an economic diversification programme. During the 1970s, the country began sliding into poverty, from which it has not recovered. Zambia's total foreign debt exceeded $6 billion in 2000; the growing population strains economic growth and HIV/AIDS is widespread. The average per capita income is $1,200, making Zambia one of the world's poorest countries.


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Zambia Eco Construction

Help to build safe structures for local Livingstone communities by using ecological and self sustaining methods and recycled materials.
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  • Prices: from $1,395
  • Region: Africa
  • Activity: Partner
  • Duration: 2 weeks +
  • Project code: ZEC

Zambia Chimpanzee Conservation

Follow in Dr Livingstone's footsteps and explore deepest, darkest Africa by working closely with orphaned wildlife including chimpanzees to bring them better and brighter futures.
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  • Prices: from $2,195
  • Region: Africa
  • Activity: Wildlife
  • Duration: 2 weeks +
  • Project code: ZWR

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