The Zambezi River

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Some geographical information of interest, courtesy of Wikipedia.

The Zambezi (also spelled Zambesi) is the fourth-longest river in Africa, and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean from Africa. The area of its basin is 1,390,000km², slightly less than half that of the Nile. The river is 2,574 km in length and has its source in Zambia and flows through Angola, along the borders of Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, to Mozambique, where it empties into the Indian Ocean.

The Zambezi's most spectacular feature is Victoria Falls on the Zambia / Zimbabwe border, the world's largest waterfall.

There are two main sources of hydroelectric power on the river. These are the Kariba Dam in Zimbabwe, which provides power to Zambia and Zimbabwe and the Cahora Bassa Dam in Mozambique which provides power to South Africa.

Caia is a town on the south bank of the Zambezi River, Mozambique. It is the site of one of the largest ferries across the river, a vital link on the main north-south highway which runs the length of the country near the coast. The ferry is often unreliable and may not operate when the river experiences its annual flood.

In 2007 construction started on the longest road bridge to span the Zambezi. With a length of 2376 m and width of 16 m the Caia Bridge will cost US$80 million.