The Mighty Zambezi is what it is affectionately known as around Southern Africa. This river system crosses through and along 5 different countries, including Zambia, Angola, Namibia, Zimbabwe and finally into Mozambique where it enters the Indian Ocean. 2300km long it has a huge catchment area and has a number of unique attractions.
From its source in northern Zambia the river winds its way through Angola and then back into Zambia where the famous Barotse floodplains are, where the river in full flood is about 30km wide. From there the river continues to lose altitude towards the Mighty Victoria Falls (World Heritage Site) where the water plummets 111 meters into a massive gorge, commonly known as the ‘the smoke that thunders’. Then another dramatic feature of this system is the man-made lake Kariba, which is 290km long and 30 km wide. Another world heritage site lives downstream from the Lake known as Mana Pools, and even further downstream another massive Lake called Cahorra Bassa. So there is no shortage of amazing locations along this river system for you to travel to and enjoy its endless beauty.
The Victoria Falls
The Victoria Falls, also known as The Smoke That Thunders, is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. It is an insane waterfall on the Zambezi River between Zimbabwe and Zambia. The Falls boast a height of 108 meters (360ft) and a width of 1,708 meters (5,600 ft), making it the largest sheet of falling water in the world. One can see approximately 70% of The Falls from the Zimbabwean side and about 30% on the Zambian side, each with a unique perspective. Discover The Falls head on by taking the foot path and bridge across the gorge you will be instantly impressed by its glory.
Victoria Falls Activities
The options available to anyone travelling to these areas are numerous, from high adrenaline stuff at Africa´s adrenaline capital (Vic Falls), to calm game viewing, birding, and just relaxing on houseboats at Lake Kariba or Fishing in Mana Pools.
Victoria Falls is the adrenaline capital of Africa with activities such as:
- Bungee jumping
- White water rafting
- Gorge swings
- Elephant rides
- Walking with lions
- Helicopter Flights
There are places on the Zambezi river that have had more success in terms of fishing, but due to its length and different aspects the fishing is considered very good in general. The very difficult to get to location, but very profitable catching, is the Barotse flood plains in Zambia. Lake Kariba has massive tournaments every year called the Kitfit, which produces some huge tiger fish. The lower Zambezi is also a very beautiful place with some fantastic bream and tiger fishing experiences. Mozambique also has its glory as a fantastic fishing destination.
How to get there
The major places to go for fishing are Victoria Falls, Kariba, Harare, Livingstone, and Lusaka. There are direct flights from Johannesburg to all these destinations. The lower Zambezi is below the lake Kariba wall, so if you would like to travel to the lower Zambezi you will need to go into Harare or Lusaka, depending on whether you are staying in Zimbabwe or Zambia. The upper Zambezi is above Victoria Falls, so you would take transfers from there to go north into Zambia.