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Zambezi River

Zambezi River

Many visitors come to see the 100m high white curtains of falling Zambezi water, spread across the 1700m wide basalt lip, that form the famous Victoria Falls.

A Zimbabwean journalist once described the tourists descent on the Victoria Falls, as a marketing stunt pulled by colonical explorer David Livingstone, who internationalised the falls by naming them after Queen Victoria of England!

Not so many know the story of the Zambezi River itself, as it journeys from its source in Angola, to its exist into the Indian Ocean via Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

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Flowing 2700kms from source to exit


Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique all link directly to this vast river system. From its source as a tiny spring in north west Zambia, this remains one of the wildest rivers in Africa, with many beautiful attractions including the Victoria Falls and its four gorges - the Batoka, Kariba, Mupata and Lupata and two man-made lakes, Kariba and Cabora Bassa.

Apart from the World Heritage site of Victoria Falls (also a natural wonder of the world), the middle Zambezi Valley was declared a Bioshpere Reserve by UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme.  This includes Lake Kariba, Matusadona National Park on the shores of Lake Kariba and the World Heritage site of Mana Pools National Park, Sapi and Chewore Safari areas.

This an area of nearly 40,000 sq.kms and includes management of terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine resources and biodiversity.


The Zambezi Basin is rich in its biological diversty and includes wonderful wilderness areas and natural resources. From a visitors point of view, the river can be divided into sections as follows:

Above Victoria Falls: fishing and canoeing, river side lodges with access to wilderness areas by car

Victoria Falls: visiting the Falls, adrenalin activitiies including white water rafting, bunji jumping, cultural experiences

Below Victoria Falls: white water rafting including full day and multi-day; houseboats on Lake Kariba

Below Kariba Dam Wall: canoe trips divided into three main sections - Kariba to Chirundu, Chirundu to Mana Pools, Mana to Kanyemba

Zambezi Delta: Mozambique coastline

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