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Zimbabwe -Start Point

Canoe Safaris in Zimbabwe Start at either Kariba or from Private Lodges in Mana Pools

Kariba
- Commercial Flight to Harare and catch a Scheduled Private Bus to Kariba
- Drive to Kariba with secure parking

Mana Pools
- Charter flight to Mana Pools
- By road to Mana Pools. The 70 Kms from the entrance to Nyamepi Camp is rough

Transfer Times by Road - Zimbabwe

All Safaris transfers are made in open 4x4 vehicles. Clients do have an option to fly out of Mana Pools and Kanyemba on the day the safari ends (at an extra cost)

Transfer times are generally of the following duration by road:

Kariba to Gorge 20 mines
Kariba to Chirundu 3 hours
Kariba to Mana Pools 4 hours
Kariba to Kanyemba 7 - 8 hours

Please note that transfers are done on dirt roads

Zambia -Start Point

· Self drive to Gwabi lodge 15km from Chirundu
· Public transport to Chirundu or Gwabi lodge
· Pre arranged private Mini bus transfers from Lusaka or Livingstone
· Air charter into the Zambezi Valley followed by a boat transfer to the start point

Using public transport we will meet you at the Chirundu BP fuel station at 10.30am; Oasis – just twenty minutes before Chirundu (just ask the bus driver to drop you at Oasis) or Gwabi Lodge by 11.00am on the day of departure.

If by our private mini bus we will take you straight to the lodge for the start of your safari. Transfers from Victoria Falls need to be done the day before the safaris departure whilst those from Lusaka come down on the day of the safari’s departure.

If by air, suggest landing at Kayila or one of the scheduled flights into Royal airstrip (Ex pro-flight, Airwaves) to catch a boat transfer to Gwabi Lodge for 11am meeting

Aircraft & Boat Transfer times

Lusaka – Zambezi Valley air 30min to Kayila Camp starting point for the Great Zambezi.
Return road transfer Zambezi River to Lusaka approx 4.5 hours with 1.30min lunch break.
Flights out from Zumbo direct to Lusaka may be arranged on request on the last day.

Ex-Lusaka/Livingstone (air)

NOTE : There are two airstrips:

1. At the start of the safari (Royal Airstrip).
2. Near Mwambashi River Lodge at the end of the safari (Jeki Airstrip)

Road Transfers - Distances

ROUTE FROM

TO

DISTANCE

TIME

Lusaka/Airport

Chirundu/Gwabi

130km

1hr 45min

Lusaka/Airport

Siavonga/Kariba

186km

3hr 45min

Livingstone/Vic Falls

Chirundu/Gwabi

496km

6hr 45min

Livingstone/Vic Falls

Siavonga/Kariba

554km

7hr 45min

Harare

Kariba

360km

4hr 45min

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