The great Zambezi River, which is fringed with ebony and fig trees, flows into curving ox-bow lagoons. Black pods of hippo fill the pools. In the sandier waters, you will see iridescent carmine bee-eater colonies, while kingfisher and African skimmer flit above the water. The Zambezi is popular with fish eagle, stork, egret, and even the occasional osprey. There is no better way of seeing them than on a sundowner boat cruise or by canoe. To hear the ubiquitous cry of the fish eagle is to listen in on the beating heart of Africa. Paddling with a guide down the channels in the river, past buffalo and elephant swimming across the river to feed on the grassy islands, is a truly awe-inspiring experience.
Much of the Lower Zambezi is not easily accessible, so most animals live on the valley floor in a fairly restricted area. This makes them relatively easy to find. There’s a strong population of predators, antelope and other large mammals; if you venture out at night, you can see porcupine, civet, genet and honey badger.