From : Examiner.com
By : Steve Perez

17 February 2012

Ordinarily, we’d never stoop to inserting gratuitous references to swimsuit models into our various online musings on travel.

But heck, this is related and near newsworthy enough. We’ll take the bait. And while we’re at it, put in an online vote for model Jessica Perez (no relation) for “rookie of the year.”

Seems that locales in yon Zambia were used as backdrop for various skimpily attired fair maidens in the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition, prompting the nation of Zambia to make some promotional hay.

Zambia Tourism Director Margaret M. Makungo observes, “Zambia is home to Victoria Falls, the Lower Zambezi, the walking safari and one of the greatest wildlife reserves in the world, South Luangwa National Park.