Discover the Untold Stories of the Mighty Zambezi River

Posted on 14 June 2024 By Nelson Kalula

The mighty Zambezi River has been the backdrop for adventure and exploration for centuries, attracting those with a thirst for discovery. Today, modern travelers can immerse themselves in this wilderness from a variety of perspectives, each offering a unique and unforgettable experience.

The Zambezi River runs between the shores of Mana Pools 
in Zimbabwe (left) and Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park (right).

Tsowa Safari Island: A Pristine Hideaway

The sunken boma is where stories are shared. Image credit: Supplied

Nestled within the Zambezi National Park, Tsowa Safari Island is an idyllic off-grid retreat that promises tranquility and adventure in equal measure.

This pristine island is surrounded by indigenous forest, teeming with abundant birdlife and wildlife. Here, guests can enjoy unparalleled access to nature’s wonders. Whether embarking on a thrilling game drive, taking a serene sunset boat ride, or simply lounging in a hammock outside one of the eco-sensitive tents, the camp’s design ensures it blends seamlessly into its surroundings. The river is always within view, providing a constant reminder of the raw beauty of the Zambezi.

Each tent on Tsowa Safari Island is designed with sustainability in mind, offering an eco-friendly yet luxurious experience. Guests can wake up to the sounds of the wild and spend their days exploring the diverse landscape. Evening times are magical, with the setting sun casting a golden glow over the river, best enjoyed from a cozy spot at the camp.

528 Victoria Falls Boutique Guest House

Just a stone’s throw away from the majestic Victoria Falls, the 528 Victoria Falls boutique guest house offers a peaceful retreat in a quiet, leafy suburb on the outskirts of town. Located just 3 km from the Falls, this guest house combines comfort with artistic flair. Each of the seven bedrooms is adorned with Zimbabwean art, insta-worthy wallpaper, and beautiful finishings that reflect the vibrant local culture.

The guest house features a stunning pool and the Treetops bar, ensuring guests can enjoy a refreshing sundowner without needing to venture far. The ambiance is perfect for relaxation after a day of exploring the Falls and the surrounding area. The friendly staff at 528 Victoria Falls are always ready to offer tips on local attractions and ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible.

Shongwe Lookout: Views and Comfort

Around the corner from 528 Victoria Falls, Shongwe Lookout provides another fantastic accommodation option. This guest house features handsome rooms set in a beautifully landscaped garden, offering a peaceful haven for travelers. The highlight of Shongwe Lookout is its eponymous lookout tower, which provides breathtaking views stretching all the way to the plume of “smoke” rising from Victoria Falls.

The lookout tower is equipped with a dumb waiter pulley system, allowing guests to order drinks and food from the excellent restaurant and bar below without missing a moment of the stunning sunset. This unique feature adds an extra layer of convenience and enjoyment, making Shongwe Lookout a favorite among visitors.

The Zambezi flows past the campsites in the National Park. Photo by Tyson Jopson.

Bushtracks Sunset Cruise

No trip to the Zambezi is complete without a Bushtracks sunset cruise. This leisurely cruise takes you through the islands above Victoria Falls, where you can spot hippos and elephants in their natural habitat. The serene journey offers a unique perspective of the river, with the setting sun providing a picturesque backdrop.

Bushtracks also offers comprehensive travel services, including airport transfers and transportation between lodges, ensuring that your adventure is seamless and stress-free.

Traveling to Victoria Falls has never been easier. FastJet offers flights from Joburg to Victoria Falls, with a travel time of less than two hours. Once you arrive, Wild Horizons is ready to provide an adrenaline rush with thrilling activities such as a swing or zipline across the Batoka Gorge. These heart-pounding experiences offer a different perspective of the Zambezi, showcasing its dramatic landscapes and thrilling opportunities.

Pictures: Supplied

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