Canoe and Camping Safaris on offer
Types: Full Participation are the Cheapest to Semi Luxury Backed Up Canoe Safaris
The Zambezi riverside areas have open mature woodland, interspersed with glades and pools, and the dappled sunlight filtering through the trees gives a surreal effect
This majestic wilderness, combined with an abundance of game, leaves the impression of stepping through a time warp to prehistoric times
Tailor made trips for specific group needs
Combination canoe, walking, game drives
offer the best in terms of value for money
photo: Zambezi fishermen © Roger de la Harpe
Select the type of trip that'll suit your tastes and budget best
The full participation trips are cheapest and are ideal for fun-loving adventurers
The backed up cost more but include a fair bit more comfort
The canoe trails from the permanent camps are ideal if you don't mind the expense and only want a taste of the Zambezi canoeing experience
The combination trips offer the best in terms of value for money, time usage, variety and quality of experience
Full participation canoe safaris
on the Zambezi, are "camping-type" trips on which all gear and provisions are carried in the canoes and overnight stops are made at specific camp spots on islands or on the mainland
Canoeists sleep in two-man bow tents or under mosquito nets draped over a paddle
All meals are prepared by the guide and canoeists assist with camp chores (erecting tents, fetching water, cleaning up etc.)
Ablutions are rudimentary - "Doug" is a small spade, "Lucy" is toilet seat on a light frame
Safaris operate mainly on the Zambian shorelines. In Zimbabwe, from Kariba to Kanyemba, in Zambia, from Kafue to Chongwe (equivalent to Zimbabwe's Chirundu to Mana Pools leg)
These safaris offer the most flexibility and are suited for intrepid adventurers of all ages - from experience they are always a load of fun. Safety and track record of the operator is very important - on the full participation canoe safaris
Walking into Mana Pools and other safari areas on the Zimbabwean shoreline are not permitted on these safaris
Backed-up canoe safaris - semi luxury
These safaris are a step up from the "full participation" trips in the sense that a full back up crew supports the safari as it progresses down the Zambezi.
The best backed up trips operate in Zimbabwe on the Mana Pools shoreline from Ruckomechi to Chikwenya.
A full blown mobile tented camp is used on the overnight stops on the Mana mainland.
Meals are of a high home-cooked standard and you'll find all the facilities generally associated with permanent tented camps.
These safaris make use of Professional Guides - some of whom are widely regarded as ranking amongst the best in Africa.
An added advantage of these safaris is the availability of vehicles and walking options where game activity invites a break from the river.( Walking within Mana Pools is permitted on these safaris )
Canoe trails are an optional activity on offer at the permanent camps
The river guides are required to pass stringent proficiency tests and gain extensive experience before qualifying to run trips.
An even smaller pool of Professional Guides and Professional Hunters with river guide licences exists.
Professional Guides are used on the backed up safaris in Mana Pools and we generally use a Professional Guide for our tailor made trips
Usual Daily Routine
As the Zambezi Valley can get hot in the summer months, we start early to make the most part of the cool part of the day. The same applies for the late afternoons, while shade is sought during the hottest time of the day.
06:00/06:30 – wake up call – tea/coffee and biscuits served
and pack up camp
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