Where Does the Zambezi River Start?

Shallow wetlands within the dense woodlands of northwest Zambia serve as the source of the Zambezi River. The fourth-longest river in Africa, the Zambezi stretches roughly 1,600 miles through the countries of Zambia, Angola, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

From its origin, the Zambezi flows southwest into Angola and then turns south through the Barotseland Floodplains. It then flows east to northeast along the Zambia/Zimbabwe border, through Lake Kariba and Lake Cabora Bassa, before turning to the southeast and emptying into the Indian Ocean. The most notable feature along the river is Victoria Falls, a picturesque 354-foot waterfall and World Heritage Site that attracts visitors from all over the world.