12 Instagrammable places in Zambia
Are you looking forward to spending time in Zambia, but not sure what are the most interesting places to visit in Zambia? Or unsure where is Zambia at all? Just sit back and read on - I will give you some basic facts and ideas about the most Instagrammable places in Zambia. After all, Instagram and all the travelers out there are the best travel guides nowadays. Or even better - you get the insights from the most valuable locals. All you have to do is look up the most eye-catching places in a particular country and create your own very unique itinerary. So let's start with some basic information about beautiful Zambia!
Where is Zambia?
It is a landlocked country in south-central Africa. But if you are interested in finding out where is Zambia exactly, I guess it would be easiest if you look it up online. But here, I will just mention a few geography-related facts and create some Instagram/travel connections. Basically, Zambia's name comes from the Zambezi river that also runs exactly on the border with Zimbabwe. Victoria Falls is born from the waters of this river (more on this a bit later); it also supports the livelihood of most Zambia in various ways. Zambia is also located on a high Nyika plateau. It just means that there are some nice hiking opportunities if you enjoy hills and lush scenery. Or pretty useful to know if you just want to get some snaps of such sights for your Instagram. How about other Instagrammable places in Zambia? Let's get on with the list!
1. Victoria Falls
There is no doubt that this is literally one of the most famous places in Zambia. Victoria Falls is an impressive and Instagrammable landmark on its own, but there are quite many visually stunning opportunities that will guarantee to create your most liked Instagram photo! Let me tell you about one of those. Just imagine swimming in a nature-made infinity pool right on the edge of this waterfall and looking down to see an impressive view of water pouring in that narrow gorge. Sounds close to impossible, but that's exactly what Devil's pool is! With that said. Not only will this be one of the highlights of your time in Zambia but surely something you will remember for the rest of your life.
2. ARM statue in front of the Lusaka National Museum
Lusaka National Museum is one of the best places in Zambia if you are interested in arts. It has an amazing collection of contemporary art pieces and a place to discover the development of the Zambian nation throughout history. The museum itself has many spots for great photo angles, but one of the most impressive ones is right outside of it. It is the impressive metallic ARM statue or Anti-Retroviral Man that was made of hospice beds. I would consider this as one of the most recognizable and Instagrammable places in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia!
3. Infinity pool in Royal Chundu Zambezi River Lodge
If you think that your travel itinerary should also consist of the best places in Zambia for luxury treatment, then this is definitely it! Just imagine a wooden lodge with a terrace hanging over a flowing Zambezi river. Perfectly decorated rooms with indigenous patterns and art pieces with huge windows to enjoy the views. Besides being absolutely amazing on its own, the place made it on this list for its super Instagrammable infinity pool of their main lodge. Just perfect for heavenly Zambian travel photos and stargazing moments with your special person!
4. The Design House Cafe at Sugarbush Farm in Lusaka
If you are into some of those hipster vibes, this is one place to visit in Zambia. Just get a cup of delicious coffee, sit in one of those daybeds and unwind from the rush of Lusaka city. Additionally, this must be one of the Instagrammable places for some typical local handicrafts!
5. South Luangwa National Park
Surely going to Africa, you will anticipate seeing some of the majestic animals in their natural habitat. Even though there are many other ones, this national park is probably one of the best places in Zambia to do just that. Go on a safari, so your time in Zambia is not wasted. And take photos of those very, very Instagrammable lions, elephants, leopards (and all the other beauties). Don't forget the picturesque surroundings too!
6. Lusaka City Market
Anywhere I go, I love visiting the most typical local market just to see what the real-life in the country is about. Therefore I wholeheartedly say that Lusaka City Market is one of the most important places to visit in Zambia to see local culture, produce, and people. Why is it one of the most Instagrammable places? The Instagram crowd loves colorful food, colorful tribal fabrics, and authentic images of people in their natural lives. This market offers all of that and way more!
7. Shiwa House
This is another one of the most famous places in Zambia due to its unlikely existence. Some might even call it surreal. Just imagine a big English-style manor in the middle of rural Zambia. It was built in the 1920s but nowadays is there at a decay. Nevertheless, it is an amazing place to capture for your #instamemories; it offers guided tours and various animal watching on the estate.
8. Kalambo Falls
Yet another stunning waterfall has made it on this list. Kalambo Falls is actually somewhat more impressive looking at the numbers, but way less popular compared to the Victoria giant Falls. Twice as high as the latter one, it ranks to be the second-highest single-drop waterfall in the whole of Africa! But if you are there to shower your Instagram followers with some spectacular views of the rich Zambian nature, then this should definitely be on your list!
9. Samfya Beach
White beaches are something you just can't expect to come across too often if you are anticipating a trip to Zambia. And it makes quite much sense - Zambia is landlocked! Nevertheless, if you do want to spend some nice time on a dreamy beach, then you just might have to travel to Lake Bangweulu. If you are ready to make the trip of about 700km from the capital Lusaka to experience one of the rare white sand beaches, then this is one of the places to visit in Zambia, for sure!
10. Houseboat on Lake Kariba
Lake Kariba emerged after building the largest man-made dam in Africa. For visitors, it offers particularly scenic water safaris with views of indigenous animals and incredibly appealing vistas. Surely a hippo on your feed will charm any of the cold hards, and the likes will flow in like never. But if you are rather into some more artistic images, then a sunset experienced from the houseboat will be just about the best option to make them! And don't forget a refreshing glass of wine to go along with it!
11. Elephant Cafe Zambia
If you are keen on posting delicious food and coffee on your Instagram feed, then this is one of the most famous places in Zambia to do it. Located not too far from Victoria Falls, this cafe is more than just a place to enjoy the most amazing dishes made of locally foraged ingredients. Elephant Cafe Zambia is named this exact way because of the elephant herd they are supporting and taking care of. And so you go, have the most Instagrammable plate of food. And meanwhile, the beautiful giants roam in the surroundings, happily grazing at their own food. The oldest member of the group belongs to the caretakers since the 1960s! After doing a little research online, for me, it looked like they are doing a pretty good job, and no cruel treatment towards the animals is performed. So if you go to Zambia, consider this as one of the best opportunities to meet elephants up close and even take some especially memorable Instagram photos for everyone to see!
12. Lake Kashiba
It is a sunken lake and can be considered one of the most stunning ones you will find in Zambia. Turquoise blue clear water with great visibility will allow observing the habitat living inside of it. And from the camera perspective view, it will look like a huge natural swimming pool. Many consider this Instagrammable place of mythical significance, and if you go there, you will definitely see why! Total stunner! And who knows, maybe it is the exact spot where your next most liked Instagram photo is made?
I hope questions like where is Zambia is not relevant anymore. I also hope that some of these extremely Instagrammable places have ignited some interest and willingness to research more. Or even better - maybe you want to produce your next most liked Instagram photo by going there and capturing the incredible sight by yourself? Whichever is the case, let's agree on one thing. Zambia sounds exciting, doesn't it?
Ieva Miltina is an activist and entrepreneur of many sorts. By profession project manager of marketing and culture events, in her heart she is a passionate traveler and a cook, soon to become a pastry chef. Deeply rooted in non-formal education she has been involved in youth work since her teenage years and up till nowadays holds a deep interest in innovative approaches to learning and personal development, which she transfers to people from all Europe during various international trainings. Always looking for new discoveries and adventures she happily shares her positive view on the world and the neverending stories with the people who cross her path. While studying hospitality and tourism management she wrote a thesis on home-chefs, which ignited her dream of owning her cozy and heartwarming home restaurant, which will hopefully materialize very soon. Meanwhile writing articles and doing food photography she is working towards another dream of hers - becoming a published author someday.