Zambezi River

The Zambezi River is one of the most pristine and unexplored in Africa. For many years elephants have embedded footprints in the beaches and hippopotami have wallowed in the more shallow regions. Native boatmen in Zambia created canoes from trees growing alongside this mile wide river. However, their route downstream has been reserved.

This mighty river runs an impressive 3,500kms in length and its source is in Zambia. It flows through Angola, down the borders of Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Its final destination is Mozambique where it pours into the Indian Ocean. It is unique due to the fact it has been protected from much human settlement.

The Lower Zambezi reflects pure wilderness and embracing real Africa. The riverine landscape has varied terrain with dense woodlands of never ending ebony trees, leadwoods, acacias and figs. Wildlife equally diverse congregates by the river. Great numbers of elephant and buffalo enjoy grazing on the lush grassland on the islands whilst zebra, waterbuck, bushbuck, kudu and impala are common in the area. Predators are powerful with prides of lion, solitary leopard and hyena cackling deep into the night.

Explore the area on foot with an armed guide or by open 4x4 vehicles. If you want a change from more typical activities; enjoy a boat cruise and relax whilst you sail by the wildlife and pass much in the waters. Fishing is fruitful and is offered as an activity at many camps in the Lower Zambezi though there is a strict catch and release policy.

Waterberry Lodge sits on the banks of the Zambezi River. Accommodation is spacious thatched cottages with twin or double beds, an en-suite bathroom and simple classic furniture. With fantastic proximity to Victoria Falls and all the Lower Zambezi has to offer; it is ideal. Whilst you relax and enjoy these spectacular views of the Zambezi for miles around you will be reminded what a magnificent place this is.

At Victoria Falls, the entire river bursts into a waterfall creating Musi-oa-Tunya better known as smoke that thunders. When the weather is clear you see the spray from this rise hundreds of metres above and the thunder stops you in your tracks. The waterfalls remain unvisited, though rafting in the ravine below has been considered one of the world's toughest white-water challenges. Other activities at the falls include micro lighting, hot air ballooning, a relaxing trip on a classic steam train and sundowner cruises.

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