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
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
Encounter the smoke that thunders and explore the land of giants in the Chobe National Park
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.
Upper Zambezi River Map
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