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Cahora Bassa


... is the most westerly portion of Mozambique, surrounded to the north by Zambia and the south by Zimbabwe and with the might Zambezi River flowing through its heart.

The area is dominated by a massive dam of the same name. Constructed in 1974, it is the fifth largest dam in the world and holds back Africa's seventh largest body of fresh water. Its hydro-electric generation capacity is ten times the total demand for the whole country and once finally repaired following the destruction of the civil war, exported power will become a major source of revenue.

Before the dam was built the Zambezi contained some serious rapids, which halted the progress of Livingstone and other early European explorers up from the coast, Cahora Bassa being the local phrase for 'work is ended'.

The village of Songo was purpose built in Portuguese style during the dam's construction and remains an attractive place to visit.

The main reason to visit Cahora Bassa is for fishing in the dam itself. Since we do not support leisure fishing as an activity, we very rarely end up recommending the area to our guests.
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