Excitement around every corner
What's that? There, behind the floating tree trunk! A hippopotamus! We don't blame any of our boat's passengers for leaning back a bit, just in case - that's how close the hippo gets. They like to yawn and show off their respectable teeth to impressed passers-by, before taking a dive back into the Zambezi's waters.
A boat tour on Zambezi river brings Africa close enough to feel on your skin. Pass by flamingos, zebras, gazelles, giraffes and antelopes on your way to visit the rhinoceros.
Zambezi boat tours
Eighteen colorful, lovingly decorated boats await to take you on an adventurous journey through the African continent. A tin roof protects the crew from the elements. One tour takes about 12 minutes and is free of charge. Impressively close encounters with Zambezi's wild residents take place along the way, when giraffes, antelopes and more mosey along the river banks as you float by.
One of a kind adventures
Zebras, antelopes and gazelles live next to the rare African Ostrich. A hanging bridge creaks and sways in the wind. Winded paths adjacent to the road and a foggy cave invite small adventurers brave enough to explore them.
More than a hundred flamingos dot the landscape pink along Zambezi river. Pelicans invite you into their enclosure, if you dare.
Eye to eye with the wild
The best vista of the African savannah is available to visitors of our Zambezi lodge. Here, giraffes, sprinboks and antelopes share a wide living space as neighbours to the mighty lion. From the height of the lodge, visitors can meet even the tallest giraffe eye to eye, as the peaceful artiodactyls saunter by to take a nip of straw next to the platform.
An all new perspective
Not even boat tour passengers can get this close to the hippos. While their outside home on the zambezi is separated from visitors by a floating log and rockface, Hippo Canyon allows brave guests to come within an arm's reach of these enormous aquatic mammals - only separated by one of the large panoramic windows, giving an exclusive look into their underwater world.
The fun kind of class
Visit our daily presentations and be impressed by the many talents of our animal superstars. Presentations are a learning experience, teaching attendants of all ages about their star's many skills. How are birds actually capable of flying? Why is not even the smalles hiding space safe from a rummaging nasua? And who is the mysterious Elvira? Find out, in one of our regular daily animal presentations!
Close encounters of the soft kind
Adjacent to the Zambezi landscape, an African-inspired village waits for visitors willing to come close to its friendly residents. Among them are the small-in-stature dwarf shorthorn cattle and red river hogs with their unique, paintbrush-esque ears. A common favourite are dwarf goats and sheep, waiting for young adventurers to enter their enclosure and pet them.
Café Kifaru - Delicious food and African ambience
Welcome to Africa! Peackocks saunter between the tables while rhinoceros Sani looks on from the adjacent riverbank. This is Café Kifaru! Enjoy Mama Wambule's specialties in this Africa-themed restaurant.
A selection of specialties:
- Pizza fresh from the oven
- Zambezi Burger grilled on an open fire
- Crispy baguettes
- Hot dogs
- Ice cream
- Muffins and cake
Shopping oasis at the Zambezi
Mementos from Africa
Explore Smith & Johnson's Trading Station at the banks of the Zambezi. Discover souvenirs to remind you of your travels to Africa, or take home one of the animals in plush form with a no-biting guarantee!
About our conservation efforts
Sahara Conservation Fund
Fewer and fewer addaxes are found in their natural habitats. Their numbers are rapidly dwindling. Luckily, a number of zoos including Hanover Adventure Zoo are dedicated to releasing addaxes back into the wild.
Through these programs, numbers of wild addaxes have been bolstered and added to a healthy population in guarded national parks.
However, it is a long and ardeous road to fund, organize and continously run conservation programs, as shown with our own project to preserve the north african ostrich.
Save the Rhino
Even though a rhinoceros' horn is proven to have no effect on virility nor any other medical value (it's simple keratin), rhinoceros are nonetheless being poached to extinction due to persistant myths about their horn's properties. Poaching is so lucrative that remaining rhinoceros have to be guarded by armed rangers in protected areas.
To combat the rise in illegal poaching, these rangers need training and equipment. Since 2018, Hanover Adventure Zoo supports Save the Rhino, a non-profit dedicated to saving the rhinoceros through protection.