…The best way to explore the Lower Zambezi region is by boat (especially if all possibilties to visit the National Park are occupied by huge Italian Overlander-groups hopping from one National Park to the other throughout the whole of Southern Africa, going 6.000 kilometres in only ten days, getting bored of watching hippos, crocs and elephants all the time and performing an abyss of ignorance when it comes to people and culture). In the dry season all the animals have to come to the river to drink, so this is the place to be. And sometimes you´re lucky enough that your boat breaks down and you find yourself stranded on an reed island where you can even see elephants footprints in the loose sand, so they can´t be very far. If you´re able to block out the many South African tourists, of which there are a lot drunks in small boats “fishing” or camping on sand banks with coolers full of beer, and the noisy Italian Overlander-groups with their pitiful South African drivers who take every chance to speak English to someone, then it´s a perfect piece of pristine African nature. Weiterlesen
Zambezi River is the fourth longest river in Africa next to River Nile, Kongo River and Niger River with a length of 2.574 kilometres. It rises in dense miombo woodland in Zambias far northwest. After a few kilometres Zambezi River passes the border to Angola where it flows to the southwest for another 240 kilometres before entering western Zambia again and forming Zambezi Floodplains in the Lozi Kingdom of Barotseland. In the south the river turns to the east, marking the border to Namibia, then Botswana and Zimbabwe before it plunges down Victoria Falls at Livingstone. Weiterlesen
Deep in the south of Zambia Lake Kariba is situated, as a result of staunching Zambezi River just downstream Victoria Falls. In 1958 the dam was finished and the impounding of water in the lake commenced. Official opening took place in 1960, carried out by Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mum. It is not quite a 100 kilometers from Victoria Falls to Lake Kariba. The lake itself is 280 kilometers long and 32 kilometers at its widest point, denoting the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe just like Zambezi River. At Maximum Retention Level Lake Kariba contains 180.6 billion cubic meters of water. Weiterlesen
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