Croc Cage Diving

20 Feb

Predator Diving – Victoria Falls

GENERAL DIVE INFORMATION

After a quick dive brief and signing of an indemnity form, the cage is lowered into the water up to the shortest diver’s chest level.
Basic skills are then covered where the divers are familiarised to breathing underwater using Scuba apparatus.

After the divers are comfortable, the cage is lowered where previously briefed hand signals are utilised.

There is where, whoever dares; catches a glimpse of “their world”.

The dive leader then lures the crocodiles and fish whilst taking underwater footage and photos, available for sale after the dive.  

The cage returns to the surface and the divers are free to get changed in the change rooms.

During the processing of the DVD’s and photographs, one can enjoy refreshments at the Africa Cafe at Elephant’s Walk Shopping Village.

On request, deliveries to select hotels can be arranged

SCHEDULED DIVE TIMES AND MINIMUM GUESTS

Dives run all day from 09h00 to 18h00 daily and night dives are available on request.

Dives can be scheduled at any time during the day and there is no minimum number of guests.

The cage can take up to 4 guests and the minimum age limit is 6 years of age with parents consent.  

The duration of the dive is 25 – 30 minutes long.

WHERE TO FIND US AND WHAT TO BRING
Situated at Elephant’s Walk Shopping Village at the Predator Enclosure (behind Barclays Bank)

Divers must bring their usual swimming gear.    Change rooms and towels are provided.

All other necessary diving equipment is provided.

SAFETY – INSURANCE & MEDICAL AIR RESCUE

The cage, diving equipment, launch and recovery system of the cage are all assembled, designed and maintained by a Dive Master and highly qualified personnel.

The diver behind the activity has spent approx. 3 years underwater and 13 years working as a professional diver.

In an extremely unlikely event of an accident, each diver is insured for US$ 500 000 and medical air evacuation is on standby.

DIFFICULTY / EASE OF ACTIVITY

after a short brief and skill instruction even non-swimmers are competent enough to take on this activity.

EQUIPMENT & DIVING GUIDES

all equipment is of a high standard, readily maintained and, if an emergency arises, there are 3 emergency recovery systems.    Dive guides are well drilled in the case of an emergency and are PADI qualified divers.


Chobe Day & Overnight

20 Feb

Chobe Day Trip from Vic falls and
overnight Camping Stays

From Zimbabwe or Zambia with overnight camping stays 

OPTION 1: ONE DAY ONE NIGHT CAMPING SAFARI

OPTION 2  : TWO DAY ONE NIGHT SAFARI

OPTION 3:   2 NIGHT 2 DAY SAFARI (Two full days in the Park)

OPTION 4:  TWO NIGHT THREE DAY SAFARI (This option includes 4 game drives and two river cruises)

Experience two 3-hour activities in the famous Chobe National Park.  Get the best of both worlds in specially adapted open 4x4s and by boat.  This is a unique opportunity to experience some of the best game viewing in Africa close up 

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Guests are picked up from their Vic Falls Hotel at 07h30 and are transferred to the Kazungula border where they will pass through Immigration and Customs and are picked up by our Botswana operations at 08h30, and transported to their first activity.

The day starts with a river cruise into the park, with an opportunity to see a host of waders and water birds along with the ever present crocodile and lurking hippos.  Elephant-sududu.jpg

Chobe is known for scores of large herbivores making their way down to the river to drink —most notably buffalo and elephant.  On the islands, puku and lechwe are often seen and on the banks kudu, impala and waterbuck are common.  A complimentary soft drink is included on the boat, as well as tea and coffee and a light snack

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A buffet lunch is served at the ideally located Chobe Safari Lodge, bordering the National Park. A complimentary drink, tea and coffee are included with your lunch.

 

After a one hour lunch break, guests head off at 13h30 on a game drive—getting close to nature with specially adapted 4×4 vehicles. Frequent lion sightings occur in Chobe, and sable and roan antelope are common at certain times of the year. Leopards are elusive but common in the area—you may be lucky!

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After a 3 hour game drive you will be returned to the border at 16h30 for your return

transfer to Victoria Falls. Upon arrival at the Botswana border, you will proceed

through immigration and then drive 1km down to the Zimbabwe border. At the

Zimbabwe border you will pass through the border formalities and then walk through

the border gate to your vehicle. You will then transfer back to Victoria Falls which will

take approximately 45 minutes to one hour. You will return to your accommodation

by 18h00

Min number of clients: 2  / Max number of clients: 100

Things to bring: Passport – Binoculars –  Cash for drinks during lunch – Hat / Cap – Camera Sunscreen

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Chobe – Overnight Camping Trips

These safaris are geared towards guests staying on in Botswana after a full day in the Chobe National Park game viewing. You will be camping in the Chobe National Park in Exclusive Wilderness sites i.e. HATAB or BOGA sites, with no other campers nearby. If the sites are fully booked we will be forced to use the public site at Ihaha,  this is very rare though.

If you have the time available, the overnight camping options are a must!

OPTION 1: ONE DAY ONE NIGHT CAMPING SAFARI  

Day one—08h30 guests are met at Kazungula by their guide and are escorted through Immigration formalities. There is an opportunity to do any last minute shopping in Kasane, as there are no shops within the Park.  A short briefing will follow on some pertinent facts such as safety, and some regional information. At 09h30 guests board the boat and commence a 3 hour boat cruise into the Chobe National park. The river cruise is considered one of the highlights of the trip, as one gets the opportunity to get up close and personal with fantastic birdlife, hippos, crocodiles, and of course scores of elephant and Cape Buffalo that make their way down to the river to quench their thirst. The boat cruise ends back in Kasane at 12h30 where your safari guide will be waiting to do a game drive to your “wilderness” campsite, a packed lunch will be provided for after a morning on the boat. After settling in to your tents, you have tea, and depart on an afternoon game drive—this being the best time to see Chobe’s large herbivores making their way down to the river to drink.

Return to camp shortly after sunset for drinks around the campfire and dinner.

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Day two — guests are woken at dawn with warm water being poured into their basins and a friendly Botswana “Dumela” (good day).  After a quick cup of tea or coffee and a light breakfast, cereal you leave the national park, to be dropped off in Kasane / Kazungula between 08h30 and 09h00.

1 Day 1 Night Chobe camping safari 

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OPTION 2  : TWO DAY ONE NIGHT SAFARI

Day one—08h30 guests are met at Kazungula by their guide and are escorted through Immigration formalities. There is an opportunity to do any last minute shopping in Kasane, as there are no shops within the Park.  A short briefing will follow on some pertinent facts such as safety, and some regional information. At 09h30 guests board the boat and commence a 3 hour boat cruise into the Chobe National park. The river cruise is considered one of the highlights of the trip, as one gets the opportunity to get up close and personal with fantastic birdlife, hippos, crocodiles, and of course scores of elephant and Cape buffalo that make their way down to the river to quench their thirst.

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The boat cruise ends back in Kasane at 12h30 where your safari guide will be waiting to do a game drive to your “wilderness” campsite, a packed lunch will be provided for after a morning on the boat.

After settling in to your tents, you have tea, and depart on an afternoon game drive—this being the best time to see Chobe’s large herbivores making their way down to the river to drink.

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Return to camp shortly after sunset for drinks around the campfire and dinner

Day two—guests are woken at dawn with warm water being poured into their basins and a friendly Botswana “Dumela” (good day).  After a quick cup of tea or coffee and a light breakfast, you head off on an early morning game drive.  This time of day is best for finding the big cats as they are still active at this time and chances of seeing them are good.  Around mid to late morning guests return to camp for a delicious “bush brunch” and an opportunity to take a refreshing shower.  After packing up, you then leave the camp on your last 3 hour activity, to be dropped off in Kasane/Kazungula 1630

2 Day 1 Night Chobe camping safari 

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OPTION 3:   2 NIGHT 2 DAY SAFARI (Two full days in the Park)

Day one—08h30 guests are met at Kazungula by their guide and are escorted through Immigration formalities. There is an opportunity to do last minute shopping in Kasane, as there are no shops within the Park.  A short briefing will follow on some pertinent facts such as safety, and some regional information. At 09h30 guests board the boat and commence a 3 hour boat cruise into the Chobe National park.

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The river cruise is considered one of the highlights of the trip, as one gets the opportunity to get up close and personal with fantastic birdlife, hippos, crocodiles, and of course scores of elephant and Cape buffalo that make their way down to the river to quench their thirst. The boat cruise ends back in Kasane at 12h30 where your safari guide will be waiting to do a game drive to your “wilderness” campsite, a packed lunch will be provided for after a morning on the boat. After settling in to your tents, you have tea, and depart on an afternoon game drive—this being the best time to see Chobe’s large herbivores making their way down to the river to drink.

Return to camp shortly after sunset for drinks around the campfire and dinner

 

Day two—guests are woken at dawn with warm water being poured into their basins and a friendly Botswana “Dumela” (good day).  After a quick cup of tea or coffee and some cereal they head off on an early morning game drive.  

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This time of day is best for finding the big cats, as they are still active at this time and chances of seeing them are good.

Around mid to late morning guests return to camp for a delicious “bush brunch” and a siesta getting an opportunity to read, rest or take a refreshing shower.

When the day starts to cool off another afternoon game drive follows tea, and good sightings are revisited or areas as yet unexplored are visited. Chobe National Park has a wide variety of game—the cats and large herbivores such as elephant and buffalo being a highlight, but rarer game such as puku and roan antelope along with many more common antelope can be viewed here.

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Return to camp after sunset for a reflective fireside chat. Dinner follows, as always accompanied by the unforgettable sounds of the African night.

 

Day three—after another “Dumela” dawn awakening and breakfast, guests leave the national park. This last drive may even prove to be the best and will with the others remain etched in memory as a truly great African experience.

Guests are  dropped off in Kasane/Kazungula at 08h30.

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OPTION 4:  TWO NIGHT THREE DAY SAFARI (This option includes 4 game drives and two river cruises) 

Day one—08h30 guests are met at Kazungula by their guide and are escorted through Immigration formalities. There is an opportunity to do last minute shopping in Kasane, as there are no shops within the Park.  A short briefing will follow on some pertinent facts such as safety, and some regional information. At 09h30 guests board the boat and commence a 3 hour boat cruise into the Chobe National park.

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The river cruise is considered one of the highlights of the trip, as one gets the opportunity to get up close and personal with fantastic birdlife, hippos, crocodiles, and of course scores of elephant and Cape buffalo that make their way down to the river to quench their thirst. The boat cruise ends back in Kasane at 12h30 where your safari guide will be waiting to do a game drive to your “wilderness” campsite, a packed lunch will be provided for after a morning on the boat. After settling in to your tents, you have tea, and depart on an afternoon game drive—this being the best time to see Chobe’s large herbivores making their way down to the river to drink.

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Return to camp shortly after sunset for drinks around the campfire and dinner

 

Day two—guests are woken at dawn with warm water being poured into their basins and a friendly Botswana “Dumela” (good day).  After a quick cup of tea or coffee and some cereal you head off on an early morning game drive.  This time of day is best for finding the big cats, as they are still active at this time and chances of seeing them are good.  Around mid to late morning guests return to camp for a delicious “bush brunch” and a siesta getting an opportunity to read rest or take a refreshing shower.

When the day starts to cool off another afternoon game drive follows tea, and good sightings are revisited or areas as yet unexplored are visited.

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Chobe National Park has a wide variety of game—the cats and large herbivores such as elephant and buffalo being a highlight, but rarer game such as puku and roan antelope along with many more common antelope can be viewed here. Return to camp after sunset for a reflective fireside chat. Dinner follows, as always accompanied by the unforgettable sounds of the African night.

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Day three— guests are woken at dawn with warm water being poured into their basins and a friendly Botswana “Dumela” (good day).  After a quick cup of tea or coffee and some cereal you head off on an early morning game drive.  This time of day is best for finding the big cats as they are still active at this time and chances of seeing them are good.  Around mid to late morning guests return to camp for a delicious “bush brunch” and an opportunity to take a refreshing shower.  After packing up, you then leave the camp on your last activity, to be dropped off in Kasane/Kazungula 1630

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GENERAL INFORMATION

We will be camping in the Chobe National Park in Exclusive Wilderness sites i.e. HATAB or BOGA sites, with no other campers nearby. If the sites are fully booked we will be forced to use the public site at Ihaha this is very rare though.

 

Included is all camping equipment including spacious walk in tents with a bedroll and bedding. Park fees, food, mineral water and house wine with dinner are supplied.

 

Excluded are soft drinks, beers, visas if necessary and items of a personal nature like towels and toiletries. All trips will have a backup team, including a cook and minimal participation is required.

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Ablutions consist of rustic open air bucket showers and long drop style toilets. We attempt to work two departures weekly: i.e. on Tuesdays and Fridays. In the event of groups of over 6 these set days are flexible

 

All trips are run by skilled, licensed professional guides.

 

What to pack for your tented Safari 

Generally, casual comfortable clothing is suitable throughout the year, dull neutral colours are most suitable.

The most practical items for Safari are:

T shirts

Jeans or safari trousers for the cool evenings and mornings

A fleece or warm sweater for those early morning game drives.                                                                                        

A good pair of Sunglasses

Sun block, a hat and insect repellent are essential!

Binoculars and a camera with lots of batteries and disc’s! Please ensure batteries are charged- there is no electricity in the bush.

A headlamp or torch is vital.

If you enjoy a whisky or the like, you are welcome to bring a bottle along.

A towel, and your own toiletries (ladies please remember there are no shops for emergencies)

Any medication if necessary, we do have a medical aid box with the basics.

There will be times when you are exposed to the sun so a thin long sleeve shirt may come in handy.

The early morning drives will be very cold in the winter months – so layers are best to keep out the chill in the back of the game drive vehicle.

Please attempt to travel as light as possible- space for luggage is always an issue on Safari.

 

Last but not least, a sense of humour …………this is Africa!!

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Upper Zambezi Canoeing

19 Feb

 

Upper Zambezi Canoeing 

General Information Pack

The Canoeing Trail operates above the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe on the 15km stretch of the Zambezi River between Chundu Campsite and the National Park entrance, running along the banks of the Zambezi National Park

 

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This section of the river is quite unlike the better-known section below Lake Kariba.  The Upper Zambezi River is regarded as FREE FLOW as a dam does not control it and as such the water is subject to seasonal variation.  Floods begin in November and normally peak in April / May.  Therefore, throughout the season the route varies as new channels open with the rise in water level.   The Upper Zambezi has numerous heavily wooded islands, which are dissected by channels that may be several kilometres in length and vary in width from one to twenty metres.

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The vegetation predominantly consists of ebonies, waterberries, palms and a tremendous variety of acacia and albizia.  The rapids are small and at their peak are only classed as grade two, which is the second easiest grade

WILDLIFE

All Canoe Trails pass along the banks of the Zambezi National Park, and in the case of the half and full day trips they also end up with the Mosi oa Tunya National Park on the Zambian side. For this reason clients have a good opportunity of viewing various species of animals, such as Elephants, Buffalo, Impala, Kudu, Hippo, Crocodile etc. The birdlife is prolific with at least 50 common species of bird that can be seen from your craft.

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EQUIPMENT

For all our trips, the types of canoes used are the Inflatable crocodile type canoes, double sided paddles and X-treme high flotation life jackets. For groups we can use 16-foot inflatable rafts. The overnight equipment includes, 2 man tents, sleeping bags (we however recommend clients bring their own bags), sleeping mats, genuine bush shower facility, as well as chemical or long drop toilets set up in suitable locations at all overnight camp sites.

 

INCLUSIONS

Our Canoe – Camping trips include meals, soft drinks, water, tea, coffee and some alcoholic beverages. The alcoholic beverages are rationed as the Canoe Trails are in a National Park which is a wildlife area and as such we do not recommend high consumption of alcohol. Drinks included are beers, gin & tonics and wine with dinner. We will only supply a reasonable portion of these drinks to clients, should clients have any preferred drinks they are welcome to bring their own.

 

MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM PAX

Minimum number on all multi day trips – 4 pax

Maximum number on all multi day trips – 20 pax

 

AVAILABILITY

365 days a year- trips may start and finish at different points due to water levels, the below itineraries are an outline of the manner in which the trips are run. During the months from December to April it is the wet season and this makes access to the National Park difficult, the National Park is at times closed during this period and as such trips will be dependant on the National Parks rulings.

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FULL DAY OVERNIGHT SAFARI 

The Canoeing Trail operates above the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe on the 15km stretch of the Zambezi River between Chundu and the National Park entrance, running along the banks of the Zambezi National Park.

Clients are picked up from lodging and transferred to Adventure Lodge for check in.
Clients enjoy a game drive from Adventure Lodge (approximately 45 minutes) to the canoe start point, which is upriver at the Chundu campsite.
Tea, coffee and breakfast consisting of bacon and egg rolls are served on the banks of the Zambezi.
On arrival a professional river guide gives clients a safety talk.
Clients then practise their paddling skills before setting off on their canoe safari.
Lunch is served on an island in the middle of the Zambezi and consists of cold meats and salads.
The trip ends at the Overnight campsite, located on the banks of the Zambezi River in the Zambezi National Park. Clients spend the evening enjoying the ambiance of the wilderness followed by dinner and an evening by the campfire. Clients then spend the night in their tents.

In the morning clients are awoken by the early rays of sunshine, after some tea or coffee, clients enjoy a full English Breakfast on the banks of the river.

After Breakfast, clients are transferred from this camp site back to their respective lodging by 10h00. Earlier transfers can be arranged for clients on request

                 

TWO DAY, ONE NIGHT

This trip starts further up the river than the overnight trip so as to cover double the river mileage, thus increasing the chances of wildlife sightings. The over night campsite for this safari is the Chundu Camping area located in the Zambezi National Park.

Clients are picked up from lodging and transferred to Adventure Lodge for check in.
Clients enjoy a game drive from Adventure Lodge (approximately 90 minutes) to the canoe start point, which is 12 km upriver of the Chundu campsite.
Tea, coffee and breakfast consisting of bacon and egg rolls are served on the banks of the Zambezi.
On arrival a professional river guide gives clients a safety talk.
Clients then practise their paddling skills before setting off on their canoe safari.     Lunch is served on an island in the middle of the Zambezi and consists of cold meats and salads.
The trip ends at the Chundu campsite, located on the banks of the Zambezi River in the Zambezi National Park. Clients spend the evening enjoying the ambiance of the wilderness followed by dinner and an evening by the campfire.
Clients spend the night in their tents.
In the morning clients are awoken by the early rays of sunshine, after some tea or coffee, clients enjoy a full English Breakfast on the banks of the river.
After Breakfast has settled, clients again start their second day of canoeing. This day is the same stretch of river used for the full day Canoe trips and so the trip format is the same with clients having lunch on an island consisting of cold meats and salads followed by an afternoon of paddling ending at the take out point by the mine fields.
Clients enjoy soft drinks and beers before being transferred back to their respective lodging by 17h00. An earlier transfer can be arranged for clients, if required.

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TWO DAY, TWO NIGHT

This trip is the same as the former with a second night of camping at Leon’s camp, as per the full day overnight trip

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THREE DAY, TWO NIGHT

This trip is the same as the former with the trip starting at the top of the Zambezi National Park, which is a 3 hour game drive to the start. The first night being spent camping about 90 minutes drive from the Park entrance gates. The second night is spent camping at Chundu camp and then the last day is canoeing back to the take out point for clients to be back at their respective lodgings by 16h30 to 17h00 on day three.

 

PICK UP TIMES:

Full Day Overnight:  
Pick up 07h30-08h00 / Drop off on day two:   09h00-10h00
Two day, One night:        
Pick up 07h30-08h00 / Drop off on day two:    16h30-17h00

Two day, Two night:        
Pick up 07h30 – 08h00 / Drop off on day three:  09h00-10h00

Three day, Two night:
Pick up 07h30 – 08h00 / Drop off on day three:  16h30-17h00

 

CLIENTS REQUIREMENTS

The appropriate dress required is shorts, T-Shirts, shoes and sunscreen and a wide brimmed hat.  Dry bags are provided for cameras and valuables. Toiletries and overnight bags covering the clients` personal clothing requirements are to be supplied by the clients. Should clients be partial to a specific alcoholic beverage it is advised they bring their own.

 

AGE RESTRICTION:   The minimum age for canoe trips 10 years. There is no maximum age.

 

EXPERIENCE AND FITNESS:  No previous experience is required and clients need not be proficient swimmers.

 

GUIDES AND SAFETY

Guides are licensed, fully trained and all hold valid first aid certificates. Whilst every precaution is taken, it is essential that agents make clients aware that an indemnity form must be signed before participating on this safari. A comprehensive first aid kit is carried on each trip. The trip leader is in radio contact with bases in Victoria Falls, Livingstone and direct with M.A.R.S. (Medical Air Rescue Service). Every multi day trip has a satellite phone accompanying the trip in case of an emergency.

 

INSURANCE

All clients are covered by Medical Air Rescue Services (MARS) through the operations company; however, this only covers them for emergency evacuation in life threatening situations.  It does not cover their hospitalisation and medication.  As such travel and medical insurance is COMPULSORY for all clients.  Please ensure clients bring the details of their insurance policy with them.  The operations company will not cover clients should they not have insurance.

 

PUBLIC LIABILITY

Our activities are all covered by a US$ 2 000 000 Public Liability Insurance Policy with SATIB and this is underwritten by Lloyds of London.

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Bungee Jump

19 Feb

Bungee Jump Victoria Falls

one of the best bungee jumps in the world, with a 111 metre plummet towards the Zambezi

The original, the one and only, the must do, the ultimate thrill! 4 seconds of freefall, 111m of Pure Adrenalin! Off the famous Victoria Falls Bridge, with a spectacular backdrop of the majestic Victoria Falls, move to the edge, arms out and 5-4-3-2-1- BUNGEE leaving yourself plummeting towards the rumbling waters of the rapids of the Zambezi River and let the adrenaline flow.

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For the more experienced, speak to your Jump Master and make it more adventurous by doing an Ankle-tied Back-flip or Star Elevator…

Only Bungee in Victoria Falls!

Bungee Solo  No Tandem option

The Jump

The ankle harness has two components: – Padding to provide protection to the ankles.

– Mountaineering webbing (3,000 kg working load)

The webbing is secured over the padding and around both legs just above the ankles, binding both legs firmly together.  The knot used is a self-loading knot.

The client is harnessed up for the jump and is safely attached at all times.

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Jumpers are placed in a waist harness with a separate attachment to the bungee cord as a secondary back up and for recovery back to the bridge.

All connections to the bungee cord are made before the platform safety line is removed.

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The Jumpers’ weight is transmitted through the ankle harness to the bungi cord, which stretches out to approximately three times the original length.

This elongation provides a gradual deceleration of the jumper’s free-fall without placing any sudden stressful forces on the jumper.

Clients can decide at any stage not to jump.

At no stage is anybody forced to jump or pushed. However, after the registration process has been completed, jumps paid for are considered non refundable and non transferable

Recovery System

After the client has jumped, a recovery operator is lowered down to the jumper, who then attaches a recovery line to the body harness of the jumper.

Both the jumper and operator are then winched back onto the catwalk below the bridge

From March to June when the Victoria Falls are in full flood, operating times will commence at 10h00 due to excess morning spray from the falls over the bridge

* Prices include Zimbabwean Government tourism levy

* Prices exclude Zimbabwean Sales Tax where applicable

* Prices include Zambian VAT if paid direct on the bridge

* US Dollar rate applicable to all nationalities

* ZAC reserve the right to amend prices without notice

Minimum age:

6 years for Slide

14 years or 40kg (88 pounds) in weight for Bungee & Swing

Maximum weight:

140 kg (308 pounds)  for Bungee & Swing  [Low water]
130 kilograms (286 pounds) [High water]

200kg for Slide

Health conditions:
Please advise us if you have any of the following health conditions:

Pregnancy

High blood pressure

Heart conditions
Acute or chronic knee/back injuries  ‑  Epilepsy

Border Formalities:

The Victoria Falls Bridge lies in “no mans land” between the Zimbabwean and Zambian Border Posts.  Jumpers, sliders, swingers, spectators, etc. must indicate to the immigration officials that they are only proceeding onto the bridge and then returning through the same border post. Immigration officials will then issue a gate pass without stamping of the passport.

Sufficient time must be allowed for to get from Vic Falls/Livingstone town to the border, through Customs & Immigration, then down to the bridge and up to the registration area to check in.  As such, clients should leave town ONE HOUR before their appointed jump time.

 

Combo for Bridge Swing, Slide and Tour 

Safety Issues

50,000 people make the leap each year from Vic Falls Bridge and in 10 years there has only been one incident and that was neither fatal or even resulted in any broken bones.
The probability of an incident is one in 500,000 jumps

 

Bungee snaps over Zambezi River – from the operations company

We wish to advise that on the 31st of December 2011 at about 17.30 hours there was an incident at the Victoria Falls Bridge whereby a bungee cord broke which resulted in a tourist from Australia falling into the water from a height of approximately 20 metres. The lady was able to swim to the Zimbabwe side of the river and was then rescued by the bridge crew and a local medical response team. She sustained relatively minor injuries, mostly bruising and has no broken bones.

BBC Video  Bungee cord snaps above crocodile-infested waters

As usual the media lie through their teeth, the water current below the falls and in most of Batoka Gorge is far too strong for any self respecting crocodile to squat in.

The steps taken include the daily load-testing of the bungee cords to confirm their strength and thorough inspections of the bungee cords after every 75 jumps

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Bridge Tour, Swing and Slide

19 Feb

Bridge Tour, Swing & Slide-  Victoria falls

whichever way you choose to swing into no-man’s land above the Zambezi River!

Products:
Bridge Swing – 111 meters
Bridge Slide – 240 meters (Across the gorge)
Bridge Tour
Bungi Jumping ‑ 111 meters

Location:  Victoria Falls Border Bridge

 Availability:         365 days per year

Bridge Swing

Bridge Slide (Zipline)

The Bungi Jump

The Bridge Tour

General Info

Bridge Swing

Swing, Rock and Roll off the famous Victoria Falls Bridge which is one of the most iconic landmarks in the area. Includes exclusive access to the walkway platforms under the historical Victoria Falls Bridge

Bridge Swing.jpgTake a leap of faith before free falling for up to 70 metres before you fly out over the raging rapids of the Zambezi River in a huge arc with the mighty waterfalls rumbling by your side… what a thrill!

Our crew offers clients the most fun & adrenaline packed Swing while keeping you “alive and kicking” (literally)

Options include: Forwards, Backwards and Tandem… whichever way you choose to swing into no-man’s land!

The bridge swing operates from the same platform as the bungi jumping but utilizes the System B. The most substantial difference between the Bridge Swing and the Bungi Jump is that there is only one method of attachment. That attachment is done using both the pelvis and sternum attachment of the full body harness.

 

The client is briefed and harnessed up in the same manner as the bungi jump, and first attached to the secure line on the platform before being escorted onto the platform.

The swing is done using two 65 meter static line climbing rope attached to a 10 tonne safe working load cable by a steel clamp. A 1m  bungi cord is positioned on the clamp to provide the swinger with a smoother ride and more comfortable swing.

Bridge Swing minimum:        10 years. Persons under the age of 18 must have written consent of a parent of guardian who is in attendance at the site

Bridge Swing – Solo         
Bridge Swing Tandem                                                                    

                                                         


Bridge Slide (Zipline) as it was over hundred years ago

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The building of Victoria Falls Bridge using a (Bosuns Chair )   

Today you slide 240 metres for fun

The Bridge Slide is mildly adventurous but friendly for all ages from six years and up – either alone or with a friend.

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Beginning from a platform on the Zambian edge, the zipline glides 240 metres over the rapids in the Batoka Gorge below affording incomparable views of the Victoria Falls before gently coming to rest on the Zimbabwean side of the bridge.

Lower down Batoka Gorge is one of the world’s most spectacular High Wire zip line slides, running 425 metres across the Zambezi river, starting from the Zimbabwe side                             


Bridge Slide Solo                                                                  Bridge Slide Tandem      


The Bungi Jump 

The ankle harness has two components:

Padding to provide protection to the ankles.  Mountaineering webbing (3,000 kg working load).

The webbing is secured over the padding and around both legs just above the ankles, binding both legs firmly together.  The knot used is a self-loading knot that is impossible to either slip or come undone during the jump.  There have been over 1 000,000 jumps world wide using this particular ankle tie method without an incident of it slipping or coming undone.

The client is harnessed up for the jump and is safely attached at all times. Jumpers utilize the sternum attachment with a separate sling attachment to the bungi cord as a secondary back up and for recovery back to the bridge. All connections to the bungi cord are made before the platform safety line is removed.  

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The Jumpers’ weight is transmitted through the ankle harness to the bungi cord, which stretches out to approximately three times the original length. This elongation provides a gradual deceleration of the jumper’s free fall without placing any sudden stressful forces on the jumper.

Clients can decide at any stage not to jump. At no stage is anybody forced to jump or pushed.  However, after the registration process has been completed, jumps paid for are considered non refundable and non transferable.

Recovery Position:

After the client has jumped, a recovery operator is lowered down to the jumper, who then attaches a recovery line to the body harness of the jumper.  Both the jumper and operator are then winched back onto the catwalk below the bridge.  During this process, the jumper is pulled into an upright position.

Clients are attached to a safety line on the catwalk and checked by a senior jumpmaster before being escorted onto the bridge road-deck.


The Bridge Tour

The Bridge Tour is a wonderful experience for all ages and contains aspects of theatre, history and adventure and can be enjoyed by all ages.

Wonderfully entertained by the reincarnation of the builder of the bridge

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This includes a theatrical and entertaining presentation on the history of the Bridge and the men who built it and a rare opportunity to walk on the catwalks beneath the Bridge used in the original construction in 1904.

Return transfers from your local hotel(Zimbabwe) or Day Activity Centre (Zambia)

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Georges C Imbault was the French engineer in charge and here he is, although the sun got to him a bit 🙂

Victoria Falls Bridge tour 

General Info

Minimum age: 6 years for Slide /14 years or 40kg in weight for Bungee & Swing

Maximum weight: 140 kg for Bungee & Swing / 200kg for Slide

Please advise if you have any of the following health conditions:

Pregnancy – High blood pressure – Heart conditions

Bungi Jump

Times:  0900 to 1700 (Start at 10h00 in High Water) (Closed for lunch)

Notes:

* During the rainy season (November to February) jumping may be interrupted by rain.

From March to June when the Victoria Falls are in full flood, operating times will commence at                1000hrs due to excess morning spray from the falls over the bridge

* Prices include Zimbabwean Government tourism levy

* Prices exclude Zimbabwean Sales Tax where applicable

* Prices include Zambian VAT if paid direct on the bridge

* US Dollar rate applicable to all nationalities

* ZAC reserve the right to amend prices without notice

 

AGE RESTRICTIONS:
Bungi minimum:
14 years. Persons under the age of 18 must have the written consent (a signature on the indemnity form is sufficient) of a parent or guardian who is in attendance at the site.

Weight Limits: 

Bungi minimum:                     Minimum client weight is 40 kilograms (88 pounds)

Bungi maximum:                    Maximum client weight is 140 kilograms (308 pounds)
[Low water]:  130 kilograms (286 pounds)[High water]

 

Bridge Swing minimum:           Minimum client weight is 30 kilograms (66 pounds)

Bridge Swing maximum:           Maximum client/s weight is 180 kilograms (396 pounds)

 

Bridge Slide minimum:             Minimum client weight is 30 kilograms ( 66 pounds)

Bridge Side maximum:             Maximum client/s weight is 200 kilograms (440 pounds)

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Client Registration:

The registration area is set up adjacent to the bridge on the Zambian bank of the Zambezi River.  All clients are to proceed to the registration area prior to jumping/swinging/sliding.  No special clothing, equipment or experience is necessary.  Jumpers/sliders/swingers are advised to remove any jewelry and accessories.

 

Clients who have pre-booked and/or prepaid need to present their voucher at registration.

The clients are screened, weighed, and registered for their product of choice.  Registering includes signing an indemnity form, payment (or voucher presentation) and the recording of the payment transaction.

 

The jump/swing/slide number and weight is clearly written on the back of the clients hand

All connections to the swing ropes are made before the platform safety line is removed.

 

Clients can decide at any stage not to swing. At no stage is anybody forced to jump or pushed.  However, after the registration process has been completed, jumps paid for are considered non refundable and non transferable.

All Activities – Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Should a client decide not to jump PRIOR to the registration process, we will offer a full refund, however once a client has been registered and has signed the indemnity form, a 100% cancellation fee will be levied. Agents should only issue refunds to clients that present a written ‘authorization slip’ issued by our registration staff at the bridge.

* IMPORTANT

Operating hours may differ from those stated due to seasonal conditions (rain Nov to Feb & spray Apr to June).

The BV (bridge visit) gate pass does NOT entitle the client to visit Zambia or vice versa   he or she MUST HAVE THEIR PASSPORT STAMPED for exit by the relevant immigration authorities before proceeding to the next country!

 

The BV (bridge visit) gate pass does NOT entitle the client to visit Zambia or vice versa ‑ he or she MUST HAVE THEIR PASSPORT STAMPED for exit by the relevant immigration authorities before proceeding to the next country!

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Okavango Delta Circuit

18 Feb

Okavango Delta Circuit 3 star Safari Lodges  

All Safaris around Okavango Delta

Okavango delta & Chobe

 

Accommodated Safari Vehicle

 A 14-seater air-conditioned minibus with integrated fridge and trailer
BWA Quantum 007

BWA Quantum 009

Approximate time frame between camping areas 

Maun to Xakanaxa : 3 hours

Xakanaxa to Khwai : .2 hours

Khwai to Savuti : 3 hour

Savuti to Chobe River : 2 hours

Maun to Makgadigadi Pan : 3.5 hours

Maun to Naxi Pan : .3.5 hours

Maun to Deception Valley : 6 hours

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Kruger national Park from Johannesburg 3 days

15 Feb

Kruger National Park from Johannesburg
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Itinerary
Day 1 Johannesburg to Kruger National park (± 450km) 
Guests are collected from the hotel and head eastwards to the Kruger National Park in province of Mpumalanga, ‘the place where the sun rises’. Guests have the opportunity of freshening up, on arrival, before embarking on an afternoon’s game drive in an open safari vehicle.

The Kruger National Park forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. This peace park links South Africa’s Kruger National Park with Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park, in the north and with Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park, in the east. At 20 000 km2 the park is roughly the size of the Netherlands. Guests return to the hotel and enjoy dinner before retiring for the night

Accommodation : Protea Hotel Kruger Gate DBB

Day 2 Full day in the Kruger National Park

After breakfast guests enjoy a game drive in an open safari vehicle. The Kruger National Park boasts 16 macro ecozones and because of its varied topography provides sanctuary for 500 avian species and 1 980 species of plant. The park’s diversity ensures an unforgettable bushveld experience. The tour stops for lunch (own account) in the park. Guests return to the hotel and enjoy dinner before retiring for the night
Accommodation : Protea Hotel Kruger Gate DBB 

Day 3 Kruger National Park to Johannesburg via Long Tom Pass (± 520km)
Guests enjoy an early-morning game drive before returning to the hotel for breakfast. The tour departs, after breakfast, for Johannesburg, via Long Tom Pass (time and weather permitting). Enjoy lunch (own account) en-route. The tour concludes, on arrival, at a Johannesburg city hotel.

Protea Hotel Kruger Gate

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Etosha Shuttle – Tour code ETL-B

15 Feb

Etosha Park Stay from Windhoek
Encounter the rich and diverse wildlife of the Etosha National Park in open vehicle game drives

Highlights: This 4-day tour departs and ends in Windhoek on a daily basis and visits one of Africa’s most famous wildlife areas, the Etosha National Park.  Choice of game drives: Morning, afternoon or a combination of both. As the vegetation is thinner than in other African parks Game is more visible

Itinerary – Road Tour ETL

Day 1 / 440 km

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

We travel north to Namibia’s prime wildlife sanctuary, the Etosha National Park. Upon arrival we check in, after which we spend the day at leisure. Take in the savannah environment, relax on the private veranda of your chalet or cool off in the sparkling pool.

Etosha Safari Camp – Dinner

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Day 2 / 300 km

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

The day is devoted purely to open vehicle game drives in search of the abundant wildlife found in the Etosha National Park, which surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. The park is home to 4 of the Big Five – elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. The Park was proclaimed as Namibia’s first conservation area in 1907 by the then Governor, von Lindequist. Despite the size of the Etosha National Park, only the southern edge of the pan is accessible to visitors. Game viewing in the park is largely focussed around the waterholes, some of which are spring fed and some supplied from a borehole, ideal places to sit and watch over 114 different game species, or for an avid birder, in excess of 340 bird species. Popular game species such as giraffe, blue wildebeest, plains and mountain zebra, hyena, lion, leopard, antelopes such as kudu, oryx, eland, as well as some of the endangered species such as Black rhino, cheetah and the black-faced impala are all found here. An extensive network of roads link the over 30 water holes allowing the visitor an opportunity to do a real game viewing safari over the stretch of the park as each different area will provide different encounters.

Etosha Safari Camp – Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 3 / 300 km

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Today you again take part in open vehicle game drives through the Etosha National Park. You may encounter animal species we have not seen the previous day and look forward to any new surprises at the different waterholes visited. The Etosha Pan dominates the park. This salt pan desert, which is nearly completely enclosed by the park and is lined by numerous watering holes, is roughly 130 km long and as wide as 50 km in places.

During Etosha’s notorious dry spells the pan is a deathly place, lying parched and cracked under the molten African sun. It is claimed that game viewing is best during the dry spells as animals will then congregate closer to water. But even in the rainy season the park remains an abundant wildlife haven. You then have the pleasure of experiencing the rebirth of life as the young foals, cubs and chicks are seen frolicking with their parents and the sprouting new green shrubs and grasses create a pleasing green oasis. In the afternoon we travel back to our lodge, where we enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

Etosha Safari Camp – Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 4 / 440 km

DEPARTURE

After breakfast we have some time at leisure. In the early afternoon we travel back to Windhoek. Upon our arrival we are dropped off at our respective accommodation, where the tour ends.

Breakfast

 

TOUR SUMMARY: EXPLORER ETL

 

day

accommodation

meal basis

activities

KM

1

Etosha Safari Camp

Dinner

Travel to the Etosha National Park, Afternoon at leisure

440

2

Etosha Safari Camp

Breakfast, Dinner

Morning and / or afternoon or both game drive in open vehicle

300

3

Etosha Safari Camp

Breakfast, Dinner

Morning and / or afternoon or both game drive in open vehicle

300

4

Departure

Breakfast

Travel back to Windhoek in the early afternoon

440

Alternative accommodation may be used

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Lower Zambezi Short Canoe 2N

15 Feb

 

Lower Zambezi : Short Canoe Trail
(2 nights / 3 days) 

semi-participatory Canoe Trail on the Zambian Side of the Zambezi river

Itinerary for 3 day Canoe Trail Map

During the hot summer months, early morning departures are encouraged to make the most of the cooler time and also to cover a reasonable distance before the wind may pick up. Deep shade is sought in the hottest part of the day for lunch breaks and rest. Canoeing continues to overnight stops as it becomes cooler again in the late afternoons

DAY ONE

Unless otherwise arranged, trips depart from the Chirundu launch site at Zambezi Breezes at 1030hrs on the morning of departure, after clients have been briefed by their guide. After an hour of canoeing there is a riverbank stop for lunch before paddling on to the first evening’s island camp site. This is a total canoeing distance of approximately 15km, mainly through the net work of channels visible on the above Google earth map. ETA at Kakomalala Island is around 1700 hrs and camp is then set up.

DAY TWO

The full day of canoeing, approx 25km. Approx. 0630hrs tea/coffee and biscuits then depart

0730hrs downstream. Breakfast approx. 0830hrs – 0900hrs. Lunch approx 1230hrs – 1430hrs in shade out of mid day sun. Proceed to 2nd Island camp – Magurumeno Islands or beyond.

DAY THREE

Canoeing is the same as Day 2 exiting the river by approx 1200hrs followed by lunch enroute.On the return road transfer a visit to a traditional village is made before crossing the Kafue river pontoon by barge before reaching the Zambezi Breezes Camp.

MEALS

Three meals a day, with cordials and safe, treated water is supplied on every safari. However those wishing to bring their own bottled water may do so. Cooler boxes are provided should clients wish to bring their own selection of beverages for the duration of the safari.

Daily Meal Plan:

Unless notified, meals will follow the program below. Please note that we require prior warning of at least 2 weeks to cater for special diets or allergies to certain ingredients etc. The main dinners are in most cases part pre-cooked and deep frozen prior to the safari, so it is important to have sufficient notice of what is required.

Early mornings:  Start with tea/coffee biscuits before setting off down stream after packing up canoes and clearing camp.

Breakfast:  Generally after several hours of canoeing, the trip will stop for everyone to stretch their legs while the guide prepares an English breakfast of tinned fruit; eggs, bacon, sausages, fried tomatoes, toast with marmalade or jam; tea and coffee.

Lunch:An assortment of cold meats, green salads, rolls and cheeses are served, along with a variety of sauces and pickled onions or gherkins to complete the meal.

Dinner:  Assortments of crisps or popcorn for snacks are served followed by a full dinner consisting of beef, chicken or mutton as main course options with two green vegetables and a carbohydrate of potatoes, rice or pasta.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Return Transfers

Arriving at the takeout point, clients assist in loading the canoes and equipment onto the support vehicle and trailer for the return transfer to Zambezi Breezes/Chirundu. On the return journey lunch is had before crossing the Kafue River by barge approx 15km before the end of the road transfer.

Road transfers take approx two and a half hours back to Zambezi Breezes/Chirundu to the starting point of the trip.

Boat transfers take approx One hour back to Zambezi Breezes but at an additional cost when required.

Flights scheduled charters take approx 35 minutes to Lusaka after a short road transfer to Royal airstrip. Additional cost.

Experience & Fitness

No previous canoeing experience is necessary. This short island hopping canoe safari is generally relaxing with little physical exertion required. However, at certain times of the year strong winds may occur which makes paddling more difficult. Should this occur the guide will decide whether it is feasible to carry on canoeing or wait until it is safe to proceed. Guides have ultimate jurisdiction when determining the course of action required for the safety and welfare of the guests.

Equipment Supplied

Fiber glass 18ft two man Canadian style Canoes are used for their robust structure, with single bladed paddles. Each canoe has five buoyancy chambers with fixed bucket seats allowing for a reasonable level of comfort. Each is fitted with containment nets to ensure safari and personal belongings are secure at all times.

Two-man industrial mosquito netted bow tents are used. These allow for a full view of the night sky and give maximum aeration. Sleeping bags, sheet liners and airline pillows are also provided along with fold out mattresses. Should guests wish to bring their own sleeping bags, this is also acceptable.

Other equipment includes: cooler boxes, tables, chairs, gas cookers, melamine crockery, along with a variety of other items to ensure a reasonable level of comfort is maintained for the duration of the safari.

Four-wheel drive vehicles are generally used as support vehicles for the return transfers. Depending on the weather and time of year boat transfers may be arranged.

Personal Requirements

As a guideline on what to bring on your safari, clients are asked to keep luggage to minimum of +/

– 7kgs. Excess baggage may be kept for safe keeping at our office for the duration of the canoeing

safari.

•    Neutral coloured shorts and T-shirts, swimming costume for summer months.

•    Personal Toiletries and small towel. Optional your personal pillow

•    Canvas shoes or rafting sandals, a comfortable pair of hiking shoes where walks are involved

•    Hat with a wide brim

•    Jacket or sweater for the evenings

•    Shirts (including a long sleeved one for sun protection)

•    A kikoi (or sarong) to cover your legs to protect them from the sun

•    Torch or flashlight and extra batteries

•    Camera and accessories

•    Binoculars, sunglasses

•    Sunscreen,  Insect repellent

•    Warm clothes to sleep in for winter nights/light waterproof clothing for wet season

•    Dry bags for personal items.

Luggage on Safari should be kept to a maximum of 7kgs p/person where possible. Excess luggage may be stored safely at our base for collection at the end of the safari.

Safety

• All guides are qualified through the governing bodies of both the Zambian & Zimbabwe wildlife and National Parks authorities qualifying them to lead canoeing and walking safaris having passed both practical and written exams.

• In addition, all guides have a minimum practical training period of two years with the company prior to becoming a trip leaders.

• H20 proof Pelican cases are carried as first aid boxes with the basic essentials.

Communications

• On the shorter canoeing trips we operate local cellular networks while satellite phones are used in the more remote regions of the lower Zambezi.

• All clients are briefed on the safety aspects of a canoeing safari prior to the trips departure while we always ensure everyone has time to familiarise themselves with their canoes and paddling techniques early on in the safari.

Health

Malaria

The Zambezi Valley is a malarial area, but your doctor can advise you on the appropriate prophylactics to protect you. Any health concerns or medical conditions such as allergies, epilepsy etc should be brought to the attention of the management prior to the start of the safari.

Nuisance Insects

We recommend the use of insect repellents especially from dusk onwards, together with wearing trousers and long sleeved tops.

Sun Protection

The use of wide brimmed hats and plenty of sunscreen are strongly advised on all trips, both in summer and winter months. Long sleeved shirts and kikois/towels also protect arms and legs from sunburn during canoeing.

First Aid

All safaris carry medical boxes and the guide is trained in first aid.

Individual Health Issues

Any health concerns or medical conditions such as allergies, epilepsy etc should be brought to the attention of the management prior to the start of the safari.

Ablution facilities:

On these semi participatory safaris, there are no ablution facilities.

Clients are provided with a trowel, toilet paper and matches.

For bathing, clients use a bucket of water from the river.

Age restrictions:

The minimum age of clients is 15 years. There is however no maximum age, although the client must be reasonably fit. The age limit may be flexible for a specific group booking with prior consent.

Insurance:

Travel and medical insurance is compulsory for all clients. All clients must have pre arranged insurance in their own country prior to leaving so as to cover any unexpected medical expenses and loss / theft of personal effects. Clients bring the details of these insurance policies with them as they will need to provide proof of insurance should they wish to claim for any losses or medical expenses.  

Visas:

Please check visa requirements with your agent or River Horse Safaris prior to departure. Most visas can be obtained at the point of entry into Zambia.

Season operational:

Year round – however, for those chartering flights in, we suggest pre flight checks on runway conditions to ensure the strip is serviceable.

Temperatures are at their highest in September and October with the onset of the rains from December through to April where light weight, waterproof clothing is required. Winter runs from May to August where warm clothing is necessary in the evenings

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The Great Zambezi Canoe Safari

15 Feb

 

Great Zambezi Canoe Safari 

This safari is geared more towards the canoeing enthusiast looking for the added element of excitement.

 

This is the only trip of its kind in Zambia that takes one through the entire length of the floodplains of the middle Zambezi to the remote Mupata Gorge before ending at the confluence of the Luangwa River.

On the safari clients can explore the numerous subsidiary channels of the Zambezi and the confines of the spectacular basalt gorges as the river winds its way towards the Indian Ocean. As these trips involve more detailed organization, they only depart on a few selected dates every year and prices will vary according to the number of people taking part.

As this trip passes through both the entire Zambian Lower Zambezi National Park on the left and the full length of the Mana pools National Park on the right ending at the Luangwa confluence with the Zambezi we have the option of a 4hr 30min road transfer back to Lusaka or a 45 minute chartered flight out. The cost of the charter is not included in the price of this safari.

Style of safari        semi participatory

Duration:                        5 nights/6 days

Area:                             Zambezi National Park / Mana Pools National Park

Distance:                 163km with overnights on remote island camps

Safari Ends:           road transfer from Luangwa Junction to Lusaka

                                        

(NB -This safari can also be run in conjunction with the Zambezi Short Canoe Trail to make a total of 7 nights 8 days.)

These canoeing safaris are totally self-contained with all the safari equipment carried in the canoes for the duration of the trip. Guides prepare meals while the guests participate in erecting their tents, sorting out their bedding and help with the general loading and off-loading of their canoes.

This trip may be lengthened or shortened accordingly to suit specific groups i.e. bird watchers who need additional observation time on the river.

                

START POINT

There are several options in getting to the start of your Lower Zambezi canoeing safari:

 

Public transport to Oasis (about 15km before Chirundu)

Pre arranged private Mini bus transfers from Lusaka

Charter flight to Kayila Airstrip and then road transfer to Kayila Lodge

 

Public Transport: We will meet you at “Oasis” a “café” about 15km before Chirundu – just ask the bus driver to drop you off at Oasis and our vehicle will collect you from Oasis at around 10:30/11:00 on the morning of departure of the safari).

Private Minibus: We will take you straight to Zambezi Breezers for the start of your safari. Transfers from Lusaka come down on the day of the safari’s departure.

Charter Flight: We suggest landing at Kayila Airstrip

Road Transfer Times:   Lusaka – Zambezi Valley (130km. approx 1 hr 45 min)

Charter Aircraft: Lusaka – Kayila Airstrip, Zambezi Valley air 30min

EQUIPMENT SUPPLIED

We use two man 18-foot Canadian Canoes with containment nets and ropes to ensure both safari and personal belongings are secure at all times.

Each canoe has five buoyancy chambers, while the bucket seats are cushioned allowing a reasonable level of back support. Single blade paddles are used and life jackets supplied.

Two-man mosquito netted bow tents are used, which allows for a full view of the night sky and maximum aeration. Sleeping bags, liners (sleeping bags inners/personal sheets) and airline pillows are also provided along with roll out mattresses.

Other equipment includes: cooler boxes, tables, chairs, gas cookers, melamine crockery, cutlery and a variety of other items are provided, to ensure a reasonable level of comfort is maintained for the duration of your canoeing safari.

 

Four-wheel drive vehicles are used as support vehicles for transfers and game drives where included. Boat transfers may also be used depending on the weather and time of year.

FOOD AND DRINKS

Three meals a day, cordial soft drinks and safe, treated water is supplied on every safari. However those wishing to bring their own bottled water may do so. Cooler boxes are provided should clients wish to bring their own selection of beverages for the duration of the safari. Complimentary wine is served with evening meals.

EXPERIENCE AND FITNESS

No previous canoeing experience is necessary but a reasonable level of fitness is required for this longer safari. At certain times of the year strong winds may occur which makes paddling more difficult. Should this happen, the guide will decide whether it is feasible to carry on canoeing or wait until it is safe to proceed. Guides have ultimate jurisdiction when determining the course of action required for the safety and welfare of the guests.

DAILY MEAL PLAN

Unless notified, meals will follow the program below. Please note that we require prior warning of at  least 2 weeks to cater for special diets or allergies to particular ingredients etc. The main dinners are in most cases part pre-cooked and deep frozen prior to the safari, so it is important to have sufficient notice of what is required.

Early mornings:  Start with tea/coffee biscuits before setting off down stream after packing up canoes and clearing camp.

Breakfast : Generally after several hours of canoeing, the trip will stop for everyone to stretch their legs while the guide prepares an English breakfast of tinned fruit; eggs, bacon, sausages etc; then toast with marmalade or jam. Tea and coffee is served before starting off again.

Lunch : An assortment of cold meats, green salads, rolls and cheeses are served, along with a variety of sauces and pickled vegetables to complete the meal.

Dinner : Assortments of snacks are served followed by a full dinner consisting of beef, chicken or mutton as main course options with two green vegetables and a carbohydrate of potatoes, rice or pasta.

These canoeing safaris are self contained. All safari equipment is carried in the canoes for the

duration of the trip. Guides prepare meals while the guests participate in erecting their tents, sorting out their bedding and helping with general loading and off loading of their canoes.

DAILY ROUTINE

As the Zambezi Valley can get hot in the summer months, we start early to make the most 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.

DAY ONE:

Meet at Zambezi Breezers at approx. 10h30 for connecting road transfer to downstream launch site.    After a briefing and lunch on the banks of the river we start canoeing downstream to evening camp on Mtondo Islandarriving at around 5pm

Set up camp then snacks, dinner and discussion on the following days itinerary

DAY TWO:

Canoeing starts early after morning tea/coffee and biscuits, approx. 06:30                                  

Depart Island camp for downstream breakfast stop approx. 08:30

Continue through to shaded lunch stop from approx. 12:30 to 14:00 out of mid day sun.

We then canoe through to our 2nd nights camp on or around Chikwenya island weather permitting.

This day we cover a good 25km of river through both Mana Pools and the Lower Zambezi National Park.

DAY THREE:

Full day canoeing as above

Again, the day is spent canoeing in the channels, rather than in the mainstream where possible

Part of this section is where the Zambezi is up to 3km wide in places.

It is through this area, flanked by the Mana Pools and the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia,

that the safari is likely to see the highest concentration of game on the river.

Camp is set up at G. Camp channels for the night.

DAY FOUR:

Here the safari exits both national parks into safari areas. The river begins to narrow down and the current becomes stronger as the river progresses into what is known as the False Mupata Gorge.

From this point the safari is confined to the mainstream. Canoes have to avoid the steep rock formations that jut out into the river, as well as the strong eddies and whirlpools that form off the back of those formations.

Camp on this night is selected from one of many sandy beaches on the mainland below the towering cliffs of the gorge.

DAY FIVE:

This day is spent canoeing through the confines of the scenic Mupata Gorge observing the year old volcanic rock formations that form part of the Great Rift Valley.

In the mid afternoon the canoes exit the gorge and the guide locates a sand bank on mainland for the overnight camp.

DAY SIX:

Depending on the selection of campsite there is an early rise tea/coffee breakfast before the remaining paddle through to the end of the canoeing safari. The take out point is reached at approximately 1030hrs for the return transfer to Lusaka. This drive is in an open backed Land Cruiser

with a shaded canopy.

Alternatively, and depending on the group’s requirements and wishes, clients may continue to paddle on Day 5 through to the Feira take out point. This means the transfer will be able to leave earlier for the return 5 hour trip to Lusaka, but it also means that there will be no canoeing on the last day.

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PERSONAL REQUIREMENTS

Clients are asked to keep their luggage down to a maximum of +/-7kg.  Excess baggage and valuables can be kept safely at our office and collected on your return. Appropriate shirts, shorts, trousers etc in bush colours (preferably khaki, greens, greys or browns). Long sleeve cotton shirt suggested for fair skinned people including a light cloth to cover bare legs in summer months.

 

Water Bottle : Comfortable shoes (preferably worn in) they will get wet. : Warm clothing for winter  mornings and evenings being June, July and August : Anti Malarial Prophylactics : Wide Brim Sun Hat

Sun Block : Insect Repellent : Personal Toiletries : Medications : Binoculars : Camera : Torch/Flashlight

Spare Batteries Valid travel and health documents

 

HEALTH

Malaria:  The Zambezi Valley is a malarial area, but your doctor can advise you on the appropriate prophylactics to protect you. Any health concerns or medical conditions such as allergies, epilepsy etc should be brought to the attention of the management prior to the start of the safari.

Nuisance Insects : We recommend the use of insect repellents especially from dusk onwards, together with wearing trousers and long sleeved tops.

Sun Protection : The use of wide brimmed hats and plenty of sunscreen are strongly advised on all trips, bit in summer and winter months. Long sleeved shirts and kikois/towels also protect arms and legs from sunburn during canoeing.

First Aid : All safaris carry medical supplies and the guides are trained in first aid.

Individual Health Issues : Any health concerns or medical conditions such as allergies, epilepsy etc should be brought to the attention of the management prior to the start of the safari.

ABLUTION FACILITIES

On these semi participatory safaris, there are no ablution facilities.    Clients are provided with a trowel, toilet paper and matches.  For bathing, clients use a bucket of water from the river. 

AGE RESTRICTION

Minimum age is 15 years. There is no maximum age; however clients must be reasonably fit. The age limit may be flexible for a specific group booking with prior consent.

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SAFETY

All canoe safari guides carry HF handheld radios.  Each camp has an HF and VHF base set which allows communication between base camps, vehicles, canoes and Medical Air Rescue Services. Each professional canoe guide has passed stringent National Parks canoeing exams prior to leading a canoeing safari.

INSURANCE
Travel and medical insurance is 
compulsory for all clients. Please ensure clients have arranged this insurance in their own country prior to leaving so as to cover unexpected medical expenses and loss / theft of personal effects. Please ensure clients bring the details of their insurance policy with them. Clients will not be covered should they not have insurance.

NATIONAL PARKS ENTRY FEES – LOWER ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK

The Great Zambezi Canoe Safari enters the Lower Zambezi National Park (LZNP) and National Parks fees are payable in US Dollars cash by each client.

VISAS

Please check visa requirements with your agent.  All our safaris take place in Zambia. It is advisable for all clients to check with the Zambian authorities whether or not they need visas for Zambia, and if necessary obtain their visas prior to departure.
SAFARI SEASON

These trips operate year round on pre –set departure dates. Temperatures are at their highest in September and October with the onset of the rains from December through to April where light weight, waterproof clothing is required. Winter runs from May to August where warm clothing is necessary in the evenings .

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