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A river, about 2,735 km (1,700 mi) long, of central and southern Africa rising in northwest Zambia and flowing south and east to the Mozambique Channel.
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(zæmˈbiːzɪ) or


(Placename) a river in S central and E Africa, rising in NW Zambia and flowing across E Angola back into Zambia, continuing south to the Caprivi Strip of Namibia, then east forming the Zambia–Zimbabwe border, and finally crossing Mozambique to the Indian Ocean: the fourth longest river in Africa. Length: 2740 km (1700 miles)
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(zæmˈbi zi)

a river in S Africa, flowing S and E from NW Zambia into the Mozambique Channel of the Indian Ocean. 1650 mi. (2657 km) long.
Zam•be′zi•an, adj.
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Noun1.Zambezi - an African riverZambezi - an African river; flows into the Indian Ocean
Angola, Republic of Angola - a republic in southwestern Africa on the Atlantic Ocean; achieved independence from Portugal in 1975 and was the scene of civil war until 1990
Mocambique, Mozambique, Republic of Mozambique - a republic on the southeastern coast of Africa on the Mozambique Channel; became independent from Portugal in 1975
Northern Rhodesia, Republic of Zambia, Zambia - a republic in central Africa; formerly controlled by Great Britain and called Northern Rhodesia until it gained independence within the commonwealth in 1964
Republic of Zimbabwe, Rhodesia, Southern Rhodesia, Zimbabwe - a landlocked republic in south central Africa formerly called Rhodesia; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1980
Victoria Falls, Victoria - a waterfall in the Zambezi River on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia; diminishes seasonally
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1960: The Kariba Dam on the Zambesi River was opened by the Queen Mother.
Similarly, the Bantus in South Africa migrated over 2000 years ago to that malaria free country and only 0.3% of them have Hb AS in contrast to much higher frequencies in Bantus in malaria endemic countries of the Zambesi River.
Harry, 32, and Suits actress Meghan, 36, finished their three-week break in Africa at the exclusive site, which costs PS1,200 a night, on the banks of the Zambesi river in Zambia With views over the Zambesi and a floating restaurant, it is easy to see why Prince Harry thought Tongabezi Lodge a fine proposal as he holidayed with Meghan.
The rest of the founding names are labels referring to either geographical features that were of navigational value to the early European explorers (Namib desert, Mt Kenya, the rivers Niger, Congo and Gambia; the upper part of the Volta river, lakes Chad and Nyasa (translating to "lake" for Bantu-speakers, the Sudd swamps of Sudan, the Zambesi river, etc).
1960: The Kariba Dam on the Zambesi River was |opened by the Queen Mother.
While big cat attacks in Zimbabwe are fairly rare, another took place near the Zambesi River in 2010, when a man was killed by a pride of lions while he was bathing.
He crossed the continent from west to east following the path of the Zambesi river. It was here he made his most famous discovery – a mile–wide waterfall whose great plumes of spray led to its being termed Mosi–oa–Tunya, "the smoke that thunders".
A THRILL-SEEKING tourist who plunged into the crocodile-infested Zambesi River after her bungee jump cord snapped has told of her miraculous survival.
It reminded me of the Kazungula Ferry crossing on the Zambesi River between Botswana and Zambia, where drivers can wait a week or more for the short, 400m crossing.