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Why

The Zambezi River originates from a small spring and journeys through six countries: Zambia, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. It forms a 500km border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Along its path, the river passes by the Lower Zambezi National Park, Mana Pools National Park, the magnificent Victoria Falls, and Lake Kariba, before eventually flowing into the Indian Ocean.

The river's ecosystem is teeming with wildlife, including hippos, Nile crocodiles, pelicans, African fish eagles, buffalos, giraffes, and elephants. The Zambezi offers a variety of activities for all interests. Enjoy game drives, boat tours, canoeing, and birdwatching, or indulge in cultural encounters with local communities. Experience Victoria Falls from a helicopter, try bungee jumping, or go white-water rafting, or for thrill-seekers, swimming in the Devil’s Pool. The river is perfect for family-friendly safaris, sunset cruises, quad biking, and microlight flights. Fishing enthusiasts can join guided tours for world-class tiger fishing.

Wellness seekers can destress with spa treatments and yoga sessions, while romantic getaways are enhanced with private picnics and special honeymoon packages. Photographers can indulge in the guided safaris to capture stunning scenery and vibrant wildlife. Eco-tourism initiatives and volunteering opportunities allow visitors to participate in local conservation efforts as well.

When‍

Visiting the Zambezi River offers unique experiences throughout the year, depending on the season.

The dry season from May to October offers the best wildlife viewing, as animals gather around the river and waterholes, providing excellent opportunities to see large herds of elephants, buffalo, and other wildlife. Victoria Falls is at its most visible, with lower water levels allowing for clearer views and less spray, ideal for photography and exploration.

From September to December, you can even swim in the Devil’s Pool, a natural infinity pool at the edge of the falls. The weather is generally dry and pleasant, with cooler mornings and evenings, making it perfect for outdoor activities like game drives, walking safaris, and boat cruises.

In the wet season (November-April) the Zambezi River region is transformed into a lush, green oasis, perfect for photographers and bird enthusiasts. The landscape has blooming flora and vibrant greenery, while migratory birds return, making it an ideal time for bird watching. The higher water levels bring an increase in the water activities such as white-water rafting and canoeing, offering thrilling experiences on the river’s rapids. This period also sees fewer tourists, providing a more tranquil and intimate encounter with nature and wildlife. The dramatic skies and vibrant scenery create stunning photographic opportunities, capturing the true essence of the Zambezi.

Each season brings its unique attractions, from abundant wildlife and thrilling water activities to lush landscapes and vibrant birdlife. Whether you visit during the dry season (May to October) for optimal game viewing and clear views of Victoria Falls or during the wet season (November to April) for lush scenery and exciting river rapids, the Zambezi River promises adventure, relaxation, and stunning natural beauty at any time of the year. Plan your visit based on your interests and preferred activities to make the most of this magnificent destination.

Where

Enjoy the Zambezi River's beauty by staying at one of the many stunning lodges along its banks, where you can reconnect with nature and leave everyday stress behind.

Toka Leya Safari Camp

Visit the luxurious riverside retreat for a stunning combination of elegance and adventure, providing access to the wildlife of Mosi-oa-Tunya and various adrenaline-pumping activities.

Royal Chundu Zambezi River Lodge

Located upstream of Victoria Falls, this tranquil hideaway is nestled among riverine vegetation. The River Lodge is well-hidden, while the Island Lodge offers exclusive accommodation on Katombora Island.

Discover the diverse and unforgettable experiences the Zambezi River has to offer, and create memories that will last a lifetime

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