zambia_hotel_008p-300x236A group of defence personnel, civilians and diplomats from the Royal College of Defence Studies in the United Kingdom (UK) is currently in Zambia to explore the country’s tourism and natural resources.

The delegation, which arrived in Livingstone on Sunday, already toured the Victoria Falls and was expected to visit North-Western, Lusaka and Copperbelt provinces before going back to the UK on Saturday.

The delegation comprised students from the UK, Afghanistan, China, Hong Kong, Finland, Nepal, and Italy, among other countries.

Speaking in an interview during a guided tour of the Victoria Falls, UK defence adviser to Zambia, David Strawbridge said Zambia had vast and attractive tourism products and other natural resources.

Colonel Strawbridge said the delegation’s visit was timely especially as Livingstone prepared to co-host the 20th session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation general assembly to take place in August this year.

Fast facts about Zambia:
Area 752 000 sq. km
Average height 1060 to 1363 metres above sea level
Bordering countries 8
Copper reserves 6% of the world
Lake Kariba Largest man-made lake in Africa


Col Strawbridge said UK had strong ties with Zambia, hence the bringing of international delegations to the country.

A diplomat from the Afghanistan foreign office Farima Nawabi said she was excited to visit Livingstone and Zambia for the first time.

“When I go back to my country, I will talk to them about the wonderful weather and nice people of Zambia and Africa.

“It is a very beautiful place. I will not only encourage my Afghan fellows to come to Zambia but I will also encourage my fellow international students at Royal College of Defence Studies to come here,” she said.


By: Brian Hatyoka

Date: 27 May 2013