Sapi and Chewore Safari Area

An area of unsurpassed beauty, Sapi and Chewore Safari area offers abundant wildlife viewing opportunities, superb fishing and photographic safari activities. This is also a hunting area however most visitors come here for the some of the finest fresh water fishing opportunities available in Africa.

About Sapi and Chewore

The Chewore and Sapi Safari Area is one of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites situated along The Zambezi Valley. This valley which runs along the border between northern Zimbabwe and Zambia is one of the largest, most remote, least populated areas on planet earth. Accessible only by air or 4X4 vehicle the area is a pristine untamed wilderness area teeming with wildlife.


Due to the deep waters of the Zambezi river here, it offers excellent fishing conditions. As well as the mighty tiger fish, often caught here are Catfish, Bream, Giant Vundu, Bottlenose, Cornish Jack, Chessa and Nkupe. Most of the best fishing spots on the Zambezi River can be accessed by boat, including the famous Mupata Gorge, where the river narrows and the flow is deep and swift.

Bird Viewing

Chewore offers diverse bird viewing opportunities with habitats such as wetlands, thornveld, bushveld, savannah and riverine forest. There are over 400 known bird species in the area such as Pels fishing owl, African Skimmer, Angola Pita, Western banded snake eagle and Gorgeous bushshrike. Don't forget your binoculars!


Healthy populations of many large Africa mammals can be found here in Chewore Safari area, excluding giraffe, wildebeeste and the rare black rhinoceros which can only be found in areas such as Hwange.

Fossil remains

In the Chewore and Sapi areas, west of Mupata Gorge, there are extensive "petrified forests" of fossil wood. Inland, in the remote, wild southern section of the South Chewore Safari Area, there is a trackway of rose-colored sandstone with spectacular fossil footprints made by the dinosaur Allosaurus discovered in a riverbed. The small footprint size implies that it is a trackway of a juvenile, a probable carnosaur.

These remains are millions of years old hence are rarely visited except by small parties of visitors in the company of an experienced and armed professional guide.

Images courtesy of Wild Zambezi. Wild Zambezi promotes travel opportunities to the wild areas of the Zambezi River and Lake Kariba, including the Matusadona National Park and Mana Pools World Heritage Site.  Run by local, independent tourism specialists, Wild Zambezi provides a reliable and unbiased travel advisory service and web-based, up-to-date information about activities, accommodation, tours or services in this magnificent and safe destination.