Surface area : 756612.0 km2
Population : 11480000 inhabitants
Traditional Zambian crafts are very varied as they are not mass produced. Basket making is particularly prevalent, made of bamboo, creeper, roots, papyrus or bark. These are everyday objects, decorated with symbolic designs and painted using natural dyes. It is particularly men who undertake woodwork. From this trade come masks, canes, percussion instruments, cooking utensils or representations of wild animals. Pottery is also very popular. Shops and markets are open from 8:00 am to midday and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Monday to Saturday.
Zambia is not well known for its culinary culture. There are often extreme food shortages. You should reserve well in advance for the few restaurants that there are.
Zambian traditions come from a mixture of more than 70 different ethnicities. Young people from the cities try to embrace western traditions, while old tribal customs persist in the rural areas. Here, people greet one another before speaking. Women must hold out their hand first when greeting a man.
The receiving of a gift is a sign of friendship or gratitude. Therefore, never refuse a gift. Thank the person offering the gift and take it with both hands.
Zambia is a country of nature reserves of wild animals that should not be missed under any circumstances. Accommodation is often costly but it is always possible to find cheaper options for places to stay the night.