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Mystical Gem of Southern Africa: Zambezi River

Posted on Thursday, 03rd Jul 2014

Elephants on lower Zambezi

The Zambezi River is Africa’s fourth largest river system which flows through 6 countries as it winds its way from its source in north-western Zambia to the Indian Ocean. No other river in the world resembles such mystery and excitement as the Zambezi. Large stretches along the river enjoy protected status and has seen very little human cultivation along its banks, leaving it in pristine condition for the many tourists that visit each year.


Victoria Falls

The Zambezi is divided into 4 segments which include; the upper Zambezi, the middle Zambezi, the lower Zambezi and the Zambezi’s delta. One of the more popular areas is the middle Zambezi, with the Victoria Falls separating the upper from the middle. Below the falls are a series of gorges that have been formed over the years. It is in these gorges where the commercial white water rafting takes place. For any adventure enthusiast this is a must-try experience. Importantly, the Zambezi is graded as a grade 5 river – the highest grade a river can receive for river rafting.


River Rafting on the Zambezi River


The Zambezi eventually flows into Lake Kariba which is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world. It spans an impressive 226 kilometres in length. With its mesmerizing scenery, stunning sunsets, great fishing and boating opportunities, it is described by tourists as one of the finest places on the planet for a holiday!!


Tourists have the opportunity to paddle downriver and camping overnight on the banks of the Zambezi or can chose from one of the more luxurious trips which offer accommodation in one of the safari lodges.

Hippo
Hippopotamus in the Zambezi River

One of the more tranquil and tantalizing activities that take place on the Zambezi is a Sunset cruise. These boat trips take place in the upper Zambezi where the river is still broad and sluggish. One can sit back and relax and take in all the wonderful sights and sounds of the Zambezi while the sun sets above you.  The cruise can last between 2 to 3 hours and people on board are likely to see hippos, crocodiles and a unique selection of birdlife. Some lucky tourist might even spot elephants, giraffe, buffalo and buck. Experienced guides accompany each cruise, as they have great knowledge and history of the area.

Zambezi River Sunset Cruise
Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River

The Zambezi River offers an authentic African experience that boasts all the sights and sounds one can ask for during an African expedition. ATC recommends a visit to the Zambezi River to anyone in search of a true African adventure.



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