Zambia’s incentive options are wide-ranging. In fact, it’s a paradise for planners seeking to explore its natural attractions.
It is impossible to visit Zambia without experiencing its most famous export – Victoria Falls – and this year marks the World Heritage Site celebrating 200 years since the birth of Victorian explorer David Livingstone.
With international musical, sporting and cultural festivals taking place to mark the bicentenary, Zambia’s natural highlights are taking centre stage. An international rowing regatta, featuring alumni teams from Oxford and Cambridge, takes place this month, while the Zambezi River Festival follows at the end of October, before a canoe safari that ends on 16 November, the date Livingstone first saw the Falls in 1855.
Although the Falls are known locally as Mosi-oa Tunya, or ‘The Smoke that Thunders’, groups can also get up close to the coursing water in a series of walkways, as well as taking helicopter or microlight flights, which can be arranged through DMC Green Route Africa.
Thrill-seekers can swim in the notorious Devil’s Pool, accessed from Livingstone Island, with a maximum of ten guests allowed during low water levels in the period from September to December. Tata Consultancy Services’ EMEA marketing specialist, Dorothy Fung, says: “If you are into extreme activities, it is the place to go – Devil’s Pool is like a Jacuzzi on the very edge of the Falls.”
For a more relaxed view, Fung recommends a trail walk around the Falls, and it is possible to swim in the rock pools below.
Zambia’s ubiquitous wildlife means groups may encounter hippos, elephants, giraffes and rhinos during a Zambezi River trip by canoe or aboard the 120-capacity African Queen catamaran. Horse-riding or quad bike tours are a unique way to see the country, which has 20 national parks. The latest –Lusaka National Park – will open in 2014.
Imagination’s client services director, Guy Stevenson, says: “Zambia is a breathtaking destination – amazing natural beauty, spectacular wildlife, daredevil team-building activities and CSR opportunities where you can make a real difference.”
Date: 6 September 2013