Middle-Lower Zambezi - River Lodges & Camps along the Zambezi River

Wild Zambezi • 27 September 2015

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In this series of blogs we feature Wild Zambezi’s network partners which are Safari Lodges or Camps located directly on the Zambezi River within Zimbabwe. Check out our location maps, images and the links provided below to these beautiful places – all reliant on the wonderful wilderness surrounds of this magnificent river.


Downstream from Mana Pools, the Zambezi River meanders onwards through the Sapi and Chewore Safari Areas (which are also included in the Middle Zambezi World Heritage Site) and then narrows considerably to pass through the Chewore Mountains at Mupata Gorge.  At Kanyemba, where the borders of Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique meet, the river starts to widen into the upper reaches of Lake Cabora Bassa.   Along this remote section of the Zambezi River, wildlife is not as obviously abundant as in Mana Pools, but there is excellent tigerfishing in the hot dry months of September – November. 

There are three Wild Zambezi network partners located on this remote section of the Zambezi River:-

Tafika Zambezi – is a luxury, fully-catered fishing lodge accommodating up to 14 guests in 7 brick-under-thatch en-suite chalets with overhead fans, and a central dining/living area with a large patio and fire pit and a pool overlooking the river.  Boats and fishing gear are available to guests and the lodge provides a team of professional river guides to assist with finding the best fishing or game viewing spots.  Tafika is complemented by Shamashanga Zambezi fishing camp which is located a few kilometres upstream and accommodates up to 16 guests in 8 large, luxury twin-bed East African style tents with en suite bathrooms. 

Chewore Lodge & Campsite is located in beautiful woodland at the confluence of the Chewore and Zambezi Rivers. The lodge sleeps 8 in comfortable, airy, chalets, with a central dining/living area and pool.   Usually available on fully-catered basis during peak season, the lodge can be hired for self-catering parties out of season.  The campsite can accommodate up to 40 people, with 10 sites each equipped with its own shower/toilet area, deep freezer and lighting. Firewood and ice are available and there is a shared swimming pool.  Both the lodge and the campsite overlook the Zambezi River and wildlife is attracted to the area because of the Winterthorn woodlands.  This is popular tigerfishing spot during the fishing season.  The lodge has its own fishing launches, but there are also boat-launching facilities for visitors with their own boats.

Falcon Lodges & Campsite – offer basic self-catering facilities in the very remote border village of Kanyemba which is a fishing centre and the end-point for most long-haul canoeing safaris.  Three simple brick-under-thatch lodges/chalets each accommodate four people in double or twin bedrooms, with a bath/shower, separate toilet, kitchen and sitting room. Each is fully furnished, with bedding, kitchen utensils, fridge, stove, satellite TV and hot & cold running water.  A newly-completed campsite at the edge of the river provides basic facilities for campers and canoe parties needing an overnight stay at the end of their trip.  

If you have visited any of the above properties and would like to tell us about your experience, submit a Travel Review on Wild Zambezi.com at one of the above links.

Related blogs in this feature series: RIVER LODGES & CAMPS ALONG THE ZAMBEZI

Victoria Falls area - River Lodges & Camps along the Zambezi 

Chirundu area - River Lodges & Camps along the Zambezi 

Kariba Town:  Hotels, Lodges & Self-catering options

Lake Kariba and Matusadona:  Safari Lodges & Camps in the Eastern Basin

Mana Pools area - River Lodges & Camps along the Zambezi 

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