Zambia has recently acquired the Royal Livingstone, a world-class hotel situated less than a kilometres from the Victoria Falls. The ‘Zambezi Sun’ is another hotel adjacent to the falls. Zambia’s abundant tourist attractions are accessible from fine eco-friendly lodges. Lake Kariba is two hours drive from Lusaka, whilst the Victoria Falls is one hour’s flight from the capital. Most attractions are within a few hours drive or a short flight from any urban centre in Zambia. Tourists enjoy amongst other activities world class white water rafting, a 111 meter bungi jump into the Victoria Falls gorge, abseiling, canoeing safaris, river cruise, microlighting, water skiing, and fishing.
The tourism sector grew by 4.7% in 2002 over an above the 24.7% growth in 2001 when the country benefited from an increase in visitor numbers resulting from attractions including the solar eclipse and the opening of the Sun hotels in Livingstone. To sustain the current momentum, Government has planned the rehabilitation of infrastructure in Livingstone and the promotion of tourism development in other important tourist areas such as the Kafue, Lower Zambezi and Luangwa national parks. To allow participation from Zambian entrepreneurs in the tourism sector, a Tourism Credit facility will be set up with an allocation of K5bn.