The Zambezi River is one of Africa’s greatest rivers. This 3540 km river profoundly influences the landscape that it flows through as it makes its journey to the Indian Ocean.
The river begins its life in North-West Zambia, making its way southwards though Luwa plains – a natural wildlife haven.
The river continuously changes its personality as journeys though Africa. Eventually the river becomes the boarder between Zambia and Zimbabwe. At this point the river is wide and gentle. This area is a wildlife hotspot, a natural unchanged paradise.
The great explorer, David Livingstone was astonished and astounded as he made his way down the river on his canoe. In 1855, the great explorer was stupefied and stunned by the wildlife and scenery that he encountered in this part of the river. Nothing could have prepared the explorer as he made his way towards the most beautiful sight he had ever seen in Africa:
The Great Zambezi River turns into the Victoria Falls. The full breadth of the Zambezi River plummets into a giant fissure. The Victoria is largest sheet of falling water in the world. This unique and splendid natural waterfall in one of the original 7 wonders of the world.
As 500 billion litres falls, water spays back high into the air, creating an permanent rain like sheet. A rainbow that is visible during the day, known as a moonbow, permanently decorates this paradise.
Livingstone reasoned: “scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”. Today, visitors fly over the Victoria Falls by helicopter in-order to get a full appreciation of this majestic area. The helicopter flight is known as the “Flight of Angels”.
The local people call the Victoria Falls, the “Smoke that thunders”. From a distance, one cannot see the water-falls. The only thing visible is mist as it rises into the air resembling smoke from a fire. However, this ‘smoke’ has an unmistakable sound. It roars and thunders.
Downstream from the Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River, takes on a new personality. The river changes into a powerful torrent. This region has one of the most violent white water rapids in the world. They are classified as grade 5, just beneath the most violent water which are graded as 6. This area is one of the best white water rafting location on earth. These waters go on for may kilometres until the river becomes Lake Kariba.
The surging river widens into Lake Kariba. This is as a result of man’s unstoppable urge to tame nature. The whole river slams into a giant wall. This lake was created half a century ago. Kariba is one of the largest lake in Africa. It boasts a large diversity of wildlife such as crocodiles and hippos. Whilst fishing or taking part in the different activities in this area, guests can usually spot many different animals as they drink from this vast lake.
After the Lake, the river flows through a large rift valley. The river cuts through mineral rich rocky area. Here the river creates another living eden. Animals such as the African elephant move freely across this river that marks the boarder between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The wildlife here knows no boarder. Here the wildlife is rich and abundant. This is the largest river basin in Africa, being fed by many trubitaries such as the Luangwa river. The river flows through wildlife hotspots such as Mana Pools, national park. The river sustaines this rich national park as it continues out of Zimbabwe on its way towards the Indian Ocean.
Upon realising the might and importance of the Zambezi River, David Livingstone gave it the nickname: God’s Highway