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Zambezi River Walks

By Ilala Lodge on July 31, 2014

The Zambezi River walk from Victoria Falls is one of the best and most unique walks in Africa.  Here you can stroll unhindered and unguided alongside treacherous crocodile and hippo-infested waters, surrounded by elephant and buffalo!

It sounds dramatic and it is – especially the part where the river just disappears, falling 60m down the sheer rock face of the falls. If you haven’t seen the Falls from the other side, it is hard to imagine how this swiftly flowing river turns into the raging torrent below. There is no need to feel unsafe though, common sense and close proximity to Zambezi Drive, a tarred road just steps away will keep your nerves and your person intact. Avoid wild animals and don’t go near the water’s edge and you can enjoy a safe and scenic walk along the river banks under tall riverine trees surrounded by nature and birds. The trail is about a kilometre long and re-joins the road a few hundred metres below the Big Tree, so there is not much chance of getting lost either.

You can look forward to spotting darters, herons, trumpeter hornbills, and common bee-eaters all in a row. With a bit of luck, the fish-eagle might make an appearance and the elusive collared palm-thrush is also a resident.Zambezi River Walks

The vegetation consists of waterberries, fig trees, baobabs and other river-loving vegetation such as palms, and you are almost guaranteed to spot baboons, bushbuck, warthog, and hippos lazing in the river. Keep a sharp lookout for elephants crossing the river and crocodiles lurking near the water’s edge.

If it all seems a bit daunting for you can arrange for a guide, either via your Zimbabwe accommodation provider or your tour operator, who will also arrange for someone to pick you up from Big Tree after the walk.

While you are in the vicinity, you can admire the 16m girth of this giant baobab, which towers above the forest. Although Big tree is not the largest baobab in existence, it is a fine specimen of its kind and is hundreds of years old.  It is worth getting a closer look at this behemoth to marvel at its upside down appearance.

 

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