Four Corners Experience
Total distance: 132km
Suggested time period: 2 - 3 days
The final leg of your journey (or possibly the beginning) is one of the most interesting journeys a traveller can take. Along this route, which stretches from Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe/Zambia) through Chobe National Park (Botswana) to Ngoma Bridge (border post Namiba/Botswana), travellers will witness the mighty Zambezi river and experience the Chobe River as it merges with the Zambezi at the confluence.
Any traveller who has a passion for wildlife, birds and fishing will be granted the opportunity to stay on Impalila Island, a rare island linking four countries (Namibia, Botsawana, Zambia and Zimbabwe).
Chobe National Park:
Chobe National Park is the third largest park in Botswana and forms part of the KAZA TFCA (Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area). This park has one of the largest concentration of wildlife within Africa. The Chobe River, which flows along the north-east border of the park provides water for wildlife, particularly during the winter months.
Zambezi River meets Chobe (confluence):
The Zambezi River is the longest river in Africa flowing into the Indian Ocean (2,574km - 1,599 miles). The Zambezi's most famous feature is the Victoria Falls while other notable falls include the Chavuma Falls and Ngonye Falls in Western Zambia. The river supports many species of animals, including hippopotamus, crocodile and even monitor lizards. Bird-lovers will enjoy spotting heron, pelican, egret and African fish eagle while buffalo, zebras, giraffes, elephants can be found along the river banks. A spectacular viewpoint of the river system, in addition to the Victoria Falls is confluence where the Zambezi River meets the Chobe backwater system.
Impalila (sometimes spelt Mpalila) is an island at the far eastern tip of Namibia. The island is 12km in length and 6km in width, bounded on the north by the waters of the Zambezi River and on the south by the Chobe River. Impalila is possibly one of the only places in the world where you can access four different countries from one place. It is home to some 300 people in 25 small villages, including Tswanas (from Botswana) and Subia people (from Namibia). In addition, it is provides a wide variety of wildelife, birdlife and guided fishing trips along the Zambezi River. With over 450 bird species and some of Africa's rarest species, this small island is certainly the meeting point between four countries.
Four Corners Baobab:
The baobab tree any many respects are a tree giant in Africa, with a trunk diameter reaching up to 9m wide and the tree reaching 18m tall. Upon Impalila Island travellers have an opportunity to climb such a tree and view four countries at once (Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia).
Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders), is a waterfall on the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The first European to discover the majestic falls was Sir David Livingstone, the Scottish missionary and explorer who is believed have first laid eyes on them on 16 November 1855 from what is now known as Livingstone Island, one of two land masses in the middle of the river, immediately upstream from the falls on the Zambian side.
Livingstone named his discovery in honour of Queen Victoria, but the indigenous name, Mosi-oa-Tunya, "the smoke that thunders" is still commonly used.