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The Zambezi River

Rivers of Namibia

In the far north-east of Namibia, the incredible Zambezi River serves as the frontier between Namibia and Zambia, before plunging over the mighty Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. It is the fourth longest river in Africa, only the Nile, Congo and Niger are longer. This magnificent river rises in Zambia, near the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Angola. The river follows a meandering 1,700 mile (2,736km) course, separating Zambia and Zimbabwe and crossing Mozambique to empty into the Mozambique channel. The Zambezi has many branches to its mother river.

The upper course of the river lies in level land, where the water supply depends on equatorial rains that fall from October to March. From this plateau, the Zambezi plunges to a lower level over Victoria Falls, a mighty cataract of water.

Early geographers knew of the region of the Zambezi region, probably through Arab traders. The first European to explore the Zambezi River was David Livingstone. He explored the river in the 1850's and 1860's.

Modern-day explorers can experience the thrills and excitement of the Zambezi River with its incredible labyrinth of waterways, floodplains, riverine forests and backwaters. Professionally guided tours on vehicles and preferably boats, on and around the river are a real drawcard. There is an exceptional variety of birdlife, game and vegetation. In the mid-afternoon to sunset period, usually the best time for game viewing, the region is teeming with game and all of the large animals congregate on the river banks to drink, bathe, play and graze.

Vast herds of elephant and buffalo, not to mention common sightings of lion and hippo maintain the excitement. And if that isn't enough, then you can get a close up of crocs on any number of water-based game viewing excursions. Tenders, small boats that enable close-up game viewing, as well as dug-out canoes or mokoro's, are the ideal way to get close-up, but not too personal, in an environment where the animals feel comfortable, and the tourist can view or photograph at leisure.

Fishing is an obvious favourite on any river, and the Zambezi is no exception. Anglers enjoy their sport in the wide waters, and fly or traditional angling from either motorized boat or Mokoro can be organized, as is in-season tiger fishing.

There are over 450 species of some of Africa's rarest species of birdlife found here, including Pels owl, rock pratincole, African skimmers and Pygmy geese.

Rivers of Namibia

  • Zambezi River: Sunset On The Zambezi
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Camp Kwando

On the Kwando River, perfectly situated to visit the Nkasa Rupara (Mamili) & Mudumu Reserves

Caprivi Houseboat Safari Lodge

Just outside the town of Katima Mulilo lies this small river front lodge. The accommodation is rustic with open fronted bungalows overlooking the river.

Caprivi Houseboat Safaris

Explore the Chobe & Zambezi Rivers on an adventurous houseboat holiday. Certainly one of the most enjoyable and relaxing ways of exploring the waterways of this area

Caprivi Mutoya Lodge

Caprivi Mutoya Lodge offers an ideal base to day trip into some of the Zambezi Regions most well-known national parks and a famous world heritage site.

Chobe Princess Houseboats

Part of the Zambezi Queen collection these three smaller houseboats operate on the Chobe River " offer a superb opportunity to view birds, mammals and scenery on a 2 or 3 night trip

Chobe River Camp

A rustic tented camp, built on raised decks overlooking the Chobe River and Chobe National Park.

Chobe Savanna Lodge

Overlooking the vast Chobe floodplain from its situation on the banks of the Chobe River in the east Caprivi this lodge has a lot to offer visitors

Chobe Water Villas

Overlooking the Chobe River and Botswana's Chobe National Park, this boutique hotel offers an excellent opportunity to experience all the wildlife and activities the Chobe Region has to offer

Ichingo Chobe River Lodge

One of the best lodges in this area has accommodation in both traditional land based units as well as on two houseboats.

Jackalberry Tented Camp

A four room private camp set inside the Nkasa Rupara National Park. A remote and private location in Namibia's least visited hidden gems of a game park makes this a must visit lodge. The lodge can also be booked for exclusive use on a self catering basis

Kaza Safari Lodge | Impalila Island

This lodge is located at the only place in the world where four countries meet. It is a wonderful Chobe destination with eight luxury chalets.

Lianshulu Bush Lodge

A more rustic and smaller alternative to the ever popular Lianshulu Lodge

Lianshulu Lodge

Situated in the Mudumu National Park this is one of the east Zambezi Region's most popular lodges

Mazambala Island Lodge

Situated on an island in the Kwando river around 4km from the trans-Caprivi highway

Nambwa Lodge

Located on the banks of the Kwando river in the heart of the Mashi Conservancy, within Bwabwata National Park. This is a sanctuary for more than 35 game species and upwards of 330 bird species. Animals move freely throughout the area which creates a mecca for wildlife viewing

Namushasha River Lodge

A popular and well appointed lodge near Kongola

Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge

A wonderful lodge in an extremely remote location, this is a must for anyone wanting to get of the beaten track and experience Namibia at her best. Offers game viewing in the Nkasa Rupara (formerly Mamili) National Park and boat trips on the Linyanti River.

Pride of the Zambezi Houseboat

A small luxurious houseboat, offers awesome game viewing, bird watching & fishing experiences on the Chobe & Zambezi Rivers

Susuwe Island Lodge

in the Bwabwata National Park this is a perfect land and water camp with six luxury suites, each with private plunge pool

Zambezi Mubala Lodge

Along the edge of the mighty Zambezi River, lies a bird-lover’s dream, this lodge is home to one of the largest colonies of Carmine Bee-eaters, that live along the banks of the majestic Zambezi.

Zambezi Queen

A luxurious house boat on the Chobe River which offers 2 or 3 night cruises on the Chobe River. An excellent way to celebrate a special occasion or just to relax in these splendid surroundings

Zovu Elephant Lodge

In the far eastern Caprivi this lodge offers lots of water based activities on both the Chobe & Zambezi Rivers

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