“Find me in the river, find me there
Find me on my knees with my soul laid bare…”
These lyrics come from a hymn by the band Delirious, and though they’re metaphorical and about being humble before God, they do sum up my feelings about spending time on the banks of the mighty Zambezi river. It’s a place that lays your soul bare, takes you to your own roots, and humbles you before the wonder of Creation (take note though, that it’s not wise to stand IN the waters of the Zambezi…ever…crocs and hippos, you know?).
The Zambezi river is the 4th longest in all of Africa. It’s total length is a staggering 2,574km – and it flows through the countries of Angola, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. It is steeped in legend and history, and magnificent to witness in person. It rises in the Zambian highlands, winds its way through the Caprivi strip, across the gorge at Victoria Falls, through the mass of the Kariba Dam and eventually reaches the floodplains of Mana Pools before it flows into the Cahora Bassa dam and finally into the Indian Ocean.
The stretch of river I am particularly enamored with is the section that flows through Mana Pools in Zimbabwe.
Standing on the banks of the mighty river here, observing a land as vast as you’ve ever seen, time really does stand still.
Some elephants might be seen drinking and feeding in the riverbed.
Some hippos might be heard cavorting close by or further off.
A fish eagle might soar overhead, releasing its unmistakable call.
A fly fisherman might be casting his line into the water.
A lion might be roaring further into the forest.
A spectacular sunrise or sunset will surely unfold…
A million and one stars will light up the night sky over the waterway…
A memory will surely be banked in your soul…
If you too want to camp on the banks of this legendary river for 6 days, make sure you check out our Mana Pools photo safaris!
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