Upper Zambezi

The Upper Zambezi lies far from tourist hubs, offering beautiful scenery, peaceful atmospheres and fantastic wildlife viewing.

The mighty Zambezi River has its origins in Zambia, and is Africa’s fourth largest waterway, forming the country’s border with Zimbabwe. It is a lifeline for many communities as well as for a wealth of bird and animal life.

The Upper Zambezi region lies a little west of the river’s best known feature – Victoria Falls – towards Botswana. This area is particularly scenic, and offers some seriously good bird-watching, whilst hippo, elephant and buffalo are commonly seen in and around the river and its tributaries.

Safari lodges in the Upper Zambezi offer a very relaxed and peaceful experience, far from the hustle and bustle of tourist hubs such as Victoria Falls. Boating is an integral part of any holiday in this area, whilst game drives can also be undertaken in the incredibly varied habitat – ranging from forest to grasslands – in search of the plentiful plains game and predators that rely on the Zambezi’s waters for survival.

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Why should I visit the Upper Zambezi?

  • A very scenic area set far from busy tourist hubs
  • Offering peace, quiet and fantastic wildlife viewing
  • A wide range of activities from game drives to walks
  • Cruises on the Zambezi River 
  • Excellent safari lodges with quality guides

When is the best time to visit?

The dry season (June-October) is the best time for game viewing as the bush dries out and game congregates at the river’s edge as well as other precious remaining waterholes. The shoulder seasons – April, May and November – can also offer good game viewing. Birding during the rainy season (December-March) is excellent, however game viewing is difficult at this time as wildlife disperses. 

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Accommodation in the Upper Zambezi

The following are some of the lodges that we recommend in the Upper Zambezi. For information on additional accommodation not featured, please contact us.

Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge

Established in 1988, Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge boasts 14 kilometres of exclusive Zambezi River frontage and borders Botswana’s elephant-rich Chobe Forest Reserve.

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