Upper Zambezi River safaris, tours & holiday packages

An unsullied section of this mighty waterway between Angola and the vapor-shrouded Victoria Falls. 

The Upper Zambezi River is a very long section of the river stretching from eastern Angola, but for our purposes, we refer only to the section just above and including the Victoria Falls. There are many unforgettable experiences to be had on this stretch of river. Marvel at the great falls, take a canoe trip through the Zambezi National Park and enjoy tiger fishing on the wide, slow-flowing river with the roar of the falls in the distance. 

The Upper Zambezi is one of the quietest and most beautiful parts of the river, where the flow of the water has not been interrupted by waterfalls and dams. There is a sense, when paddling along this part of the waterway, that this is how the Zambezi should look, and would do if it were free of man's influence. 

Popular Upper Zambezi River safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Luxurious South Africa and Zambia Honeymoon Safari (10 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

South Africa and Zambia honeymoon

Explore the romantic Atlantic Ocean with it's multi-cultural heritage and a Big Five safari in the Sabi Sands, finally ending off at Victoria Falls from the Zambian side

$ 4,371

£ 3,463

R 73,320


per person

10 days

Victoria Falls and Chobe Encounter (5 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Victoria Falls and Chobe Encounter (5 days)

Encounter the smoke that thunders and explore the land of giants in the Chobe National Park

$ 2,490

£ 1,973

R 41,766


per person

5 days

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Paul Steyn says

I love the Upper Zambezi because it's a beautiful section of the mighty river that has not been influenced by too many dams and irrigation schemes. It's amazing to sit on the river, close enough to hear the roar of the Victoria Falls in the distance.  

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A canoe safari on the Upper Zambezi is the best way to appreciate the beauty and wildlife of the Zambezi National Park. There are various ways to do this, but the most popular is certainly on a croc canoe trail from Victoria Falls. For these expeditions, you are dropped off a fair way up the river and then given the chance to float and paddle downstream towards the falls. 

En route you will pass hippos and, on the banks, elephants and abundant plains game. The bird-viewing on the Upper Zambezi is fantastic. If you enjoy a kick of adrenalin, you can tackle some of the small rapids as you approach the falls. This trip usually takes a full day and gives a relatively fit person a good workout. 

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Frequently Asked Questions about Upper Zambezi River

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

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