This protected wildlife reserve may only be 66 square kilometers, but Mosi-Oa-Tunya still offers visitors a unique opportunity to see Zambia’s biodiversity—including rare rhinos—in a relatively concentrated environment. The park is divided into two parts. Visitors interested in local wildlife can schedule can spot giraffes, wildebeests and hundreds of unique-to-Zambia birds by scheduling a game drive. And the falls section of the park offers a host of clearly marked and well-kept paths that wind through towering forests. Outdoor adventurists can make the steep descent into the Boiling Pot, and watch whitewater rafters board for a wild ride on the Zambezi River.
Located at the top of Victoria Falls on Livingstone Island, Devil’s Pool offers visitors a chance to swim to the edge—literally—of one of the world’s tallest waterfalls. Slippery, submerged rocks provide the only protection between adventurous travelers and a 328-foot (100-meter) drop into thundering waters, making it a thrilling adventure.
While it may not be the largest river in Africa, the Zambezi, which carves through six countries including Zambia, is one of the continent’s most powerful and most scenic. As a result, this rushing river attracts visitors from across the globe—including travelers with a love of extreme water sports looking for adventure. The fourth-largest river in Africa is divided into three main parts, and Victoria Falls is typically considered the boundary between the upper and middle Zambezi. Here, the thundering river flows over falls, into the Boiling Point and through the narrow Batoka Gorge, where it provides some of the most exhilarating white water rafting, kayaking and river boating on earth. Non-adrenaline junkies can still enjoy the beauty of the Zambezi by floating along on a sunset river cruise.
Lower Zambezi National Park may not boast the same high number of animals or vast diversity of species as other parks in Zambia, but its untouched wilderness provides visitors with a chance to experience real African bush. While the park is geographically large, most animals gather in an area concentrated along the lower valley. Lions and leopards populate the land, but perhaps most impressive are the herds of elephants—some numbering close to 100—that congregate along the river’s edge. Traveler can paddle the Chongwe River in canoes, take game rides through the valley floor or even cast their lines into the Kafue River in search of the night’s big catch.