12 Things You Didn’t Know About the Economy of the Zambezi River

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Written by Keren Mikva
A boat cruise along the waters of the Upper Zambezi ExperienceZimbabwe.com
A boat cruise along the waters of the Upper Zambezi
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The Zambezi is not fully navigable

Due to sandbars, shallowness, cataracts, and frequent extreme rapids, the Zambezi has never developed as an economically significant trade route. However, there are stretches of the 2,574-kilometer river (1,599 miles) are navigable by shallow-draft steamers, and it is often faster to canoe portions of the river rather than attempt to drive along unimproved roads nearby. The lower Zambezi’s 650 km from Cahora Bassa to the Indian Ocean is navigable, although shallow in many places during the dry season.