Where does the Zambezi River start?


Quick Answer

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.

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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.

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