Maziba Bay

Maziba Bay is set in a gorge below Ngonye Falls, where the Zambezi is narrow and fast flowing, with dramatic rapids in volcanic rock. Private thatched chalets are set in a secluded sandy bay.

Royal Barotse Safaris are pleased to welcome you to Maziba Bay one the most dramatic and beautiful river lodge sites in southern Africa. It complements their well known luxury safari camp, Mutemwa.

Maziba Bay is 70km upriver from Mutemwa Lodge situated a stone’s throw south of the second largest waterfall on the Zambezi River – The Ngonye Falls, where the Zambezi is narrow and has deep fast flowing water, with cascading rapids and lots of black volcanic rock. The fishing at Maziba Bay is excellent and you stand a good chance of catching a big tiger.

The camp’s thatched chalets all with bathrooms en-suite overlook an expanse of ‘coral white’ beach and the basalt black cliffs which harness the mighty Zambezi River. 

Maziba Bay has its own airstrip and Royal Barotse Safaris offer an amazing combination between the two lodges in an absolutely unique fly-in safari that offers you two completely different environments on this stretch of the Zambezi River. 

One can fly directly into Maziba Bay for your first two nights. Then journey by river in the ‘footsteps‘ of Livingstone on a well stocked boat with drinks and food and in the capable and informative professional guide, on an adventure down the Zambezi – fishing, birding and soaking up the magnificent river, as you travel downriver from Maziba Bay, the gorge comes to an end and opens up to the peaceful magnificence of Mutemwa Lodge. After a further two days of fishing, birding, or just relaxing, you fly from Mutemwa back to Livingstone.

At Mutemwa the river is 1km wide. It is shallow, slow flowing and the massive indigenous trees form a piece of Africa, so beautiful and tranquil. 

Hippos, Crocodiles, Cape Clawless Otters, Monitor Lizards, abundant birdlife including the noble Fish Eagle, as well as the occasional, happy and smiling Lozi people in their makoro’s is what you’ll experience down this magnificent 70km stretch of Zambezi. Migrating herds of elephant from the Sioma Ngwezi National Park and Northern Botswana are often spotted along the banks of the Zambezi, as this piece of Africa’s wildlife is returning to its former glory.

Ngonye Falls:

A few kilometres from Maziba Bay, the mighty Zambezi River reaches a 1 500m wide basalt dyke which creates the magnificent waterfall known as Ngonye Falls. Above the falls, the river is knotted with reed and wooded islands, forcing the river into a maze of fast flowing channels.

Part of the fun at Maziba is the adventurous boat ride up the gorge through the rapids to get to the Ngonye Falls and taking a picnic basket along to spend the day swimming in the rock pools and having lunch overlooking the magnificent falls.

What’s so amazing about the Ngonye Falls is the total privacy – the fact that you hardly ever see anyone else there.

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