Experience Africa – The Zambezi River
The Zambezi River is any African fisherman’s dream, with monstrous Tiger fish weighing up to 15kg and more. Fishing not your thing? How about white water rafting in grade 5 waters of the Cholwezi Rapids? The list of activities goes on. This 3500km long river stretches across 6 countries, in some regions is 400m wide in flood seasons and is one of Africa’s most incredible wonders. Stretching from Zambia through to Mozambique where it enters the Indian Ocean through 4 Mouths: Milambe, Kongone, Luabo and Timbwe. Along the river there are beautiful waterfalls, dams and natural lakes. Two Hydro Electric dams were built along The Zambezi River, Kariba Dam in Zimbabwe and Cahora Bassa Dam in Mozambique; and of course the beautiful Victoria Falls in Livingstone in Zambia which joins the Chobe River from the border of Namibia and Botswana leads east to Lake Kariba. An African experience like no other!
African Mythology of the River
Local Tonga people along the Zambezi River have called it the “River of Life” as for generations it has brought water for their crops and fish to eat. The river is also said to have a spirit that controls its waters called Nyami Nyami. Nyami Nyami is said to have the head of a fish and the body of a snake and lives in the Kariba Lake, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe. Kariba, meaning ‘trap’, is where fisherman’s canoes and rafts were sucked down into the whirl pools near Kariba Rock where the dam wall is today. In the 1950s during the building of the Kariba Dam Wall, 80 people died during flash floods and it is said that it was Nyami Nyami, furious that he had been blocked off from his wife, exerting his wrath on the people building the wall. Today, overlooking the Kariba Dam is a statue depicting the image of Nyami Nyami, reminding all those who see it, the power of nature and the Legend of the Zambezi River.
Enjoy the experience of the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls, Book your stay at the aha David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa situated near the Victoria Falls.
Author: Sebastian Bergman – Account Executive Hotel Stays Africa