Zambia Safari | Activities on the Zambezi

Microlight flight over Victoria FallsMicrolight flight over Victoria Falls
The mighty Zambezi River provides for the most adventurous activities in Africa, with the Lower Zambezi adding Big Game to the adventure.

Lower Zambezi Activities

We drifted slowly towards the bull elephant on the river bank. He did not flinch, allowing us to within ten meters of him. We watched as he sprayed water on his skin before squirting a little down his throat before moving off toward the tree-line, without even a glance in our direction. I pulled my paddle out the water and sat back marvelling how relaxed the elephant in the Zambezi Valley are.

Canoeing Wild on the Zambezi

Canoe safari from Victoria Falls Safari LodgeCanoe Safari with Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
The Lower Zambezi is a wildlife paradise that can be enjoyed on game drives, but it is the canoe safaris that attract many visitors to this wild corner of Africa. The canoeing lasts from a day outing from a lodge to nine days spent camping out on the islands and river banks of the Zambezi. Lodges offer canoeing as an activity during a guests stay but the real deal is a full canoe safari lasting from three to nine days.There are a number of companies that offer canoe safaris and the level of comfort varies from company to company. Some safaris offer fully serviced overnight stops whereas others offer a sandbank in the river, but whatever the comfort level the experience is sure to be a lifetime memory.

Legendary Walking Safaris

Game walk at Old Mondoro LodgeBesides game drives and canoeing the Zambezi Valley is renowned for its walking safaris. Blend this with Africa's best walking guides and you have an experience that exceeds the wildest imaginations. Zambia is legendary for its walking safaris, pioneered in the great tributary of the Zambezi, the Luangwa Valley, and in the Zambezi Valley the legend lives on.

Zambia Safari - the Future of Africa

Lunch at Islands of SiankabaSundowners at The Islands of Siankaba

Zambia has come out of the shadow of its southern neighbour Zimbabwe and is now one of the leading safari destinations in Africa - with places such as the Lower Zambezi providing visitors with some of the most amazing safari experiences.

I remember a morning almost 15 years ago where I was on the Zambezi in a canoe, on the Zimbabwe side of the river, and our guide had told us about the problems in Zambia and that it would take a long time for the Zambian side to come right. Well the long time has come for Zambia and the Lower Zambezi National Park has arrived to stake its claim amongst Zambia's attractions.

by Leigh Kemp
African Safaris Guide to South and East Africa
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