Discover the TOP 5 EXPERIENCES to enjoy in the Zambezi Region

Discover the


to enjoy in the Zambezi Region

The Zambezi Region, a lush and vibrant wilderness in Namibia, beckons adventurers with its abundant wildlife and captivating landscapes. If you are planning a trip to Namibia, don’t miss out on the must-do activities that this region has to offer. Here are our top five recommendations for unforgettable experiences in the Zambezi Region.

From the Summer 2023/24 issue

1 GAME DRIVES It is no surprise that game drives top our list of must-do activities in this African paradise. With the possibility of encountering the Big Five and a plethora of other fascinating creatures, a slow cruise through the bush is an absolute must. While the dense foliage may present a challenge, spotting incredible wildlife is all the more rewarding. For the best wildlife sightings, head to Bwabwata, Mudumu or Nkasa Rupara national parks. Keep your eyes peeled for African wild dogs, elusive leopards and majestic lions. And during most seasons you can expect to encounter a delightful family of elephants during your drive. Other game include red lechwe, impala, kudu, bushbuck, tsessebe and even the elusive sitatunga. Be ready with your camera to capture breathtaking moments.

2 BOAT CRUISES Nothing tops a sunset boat cruise. Whether you are on the Zambezi, Kwando, Linyanti or Chobe river, this is always the most awe- inspiring way to experience the region. Cruise along the winding waterways, past lazing pods of hippos and observing families of elephants on the banks. Drink a toast to a day filled with thrilling activities and to your good fortune to be in such a remarkable place. Most lodges and camps offer boat cruises, making it easy to experience this breathtaking activity.

3 NATURE WALKS Walking on the wild side finds its true meaning in the Zambezi. Guided nature walks present a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with nature. Led by experienced guides, these walks allow you to explore the bush and discover the hidden wonders that lurk behind every tree. The exhilarating feeling of being so close to the surrounding wildlife is awe-inspiring.

4 ANGLING ADVENTURES Where there are rivers, there are fish, and the Zambezi’s intricate waterways are no exception. Tiger fishing is a popular activity in the region. Known for their muscular bodies and razor-sharp teeth, tigerfish provide a thrilling challenge for freshwater game fish enthusiasts. Most lodges promote catch-and-release policies to ensure that the tigerfish continues to thrive. Ask for advice at your chosen lodge or campsite to find the best fishing spots. Most accommodation establishments in the region offer this exciting activity and guides are well-equipped to help you make the most of the adventure.

5 BIRD WATCHING While the Zambezi Region is renowned for its wildlife, it is also a haven for bird enthusiasts. The area boasts a colourful array of bird species, from shy waterfowl to proud birds adorned with stunning plumage. You don’t need to be an avid birdwatcher to appreciate the avian wonders that call the Zambezi home. The best times for bird watching are early in the morning and late in the afternoon when these winged beauties are active, perched or gracefully fluttering among the treetops. Of particular interest are Slaty Egrets, Hartlaub’s Babblers, Greater Swamp-warblers, Chirping Cisticolas and Swamp Boubous. Other noteworthy species include Coppery-tailed and Senegal Coucals, Wattled Cranes and Rosy-throated Longclaws. The much-loved African Fish Eagle, Carmine or Little Bee-eaters, Woodland or Pied Kingfishers and Goliath Herons are always favourites. TNN


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