Kiambi – Canoe Safaris

23Mar

KIAMBI
2 – 3 OR 4 NIGHT CANOE SAFARIS

Departure is after breakfast at 09h00 to the top of the Island in front of Kiambi, by power boat.

From the top of the island, you canoe on the southern side of the island to the lower point of the island.

We canoe on this side due to good game viewing.

You are then returned back to Kiambi by power boat.

2, 3 or 4 night canoe safari down stream

Day 1 – arrival at Kiambi

Overnight: Kiambi with choice of Luxury Air-conditioned chalets, Luxury Tented

Accommodation, Self Catering Accommodation or Camping.

Day 2

Breakfast is at 07h30 / 8am and then you meet your canoeing guide. Your canoe guide will then give you a brief run down of the canoeing days, dangerous animals, safety measures while on the river and at the campsites, and techniques on canoeing.

Departure is from our jetty and we proceed down river.

A stop is made for tea time, which is set up by our back up boat.

We stop for lunch, which is set up by our back up boat.

We continue downriver after lunch.

Our back up boat goes on ahead to set up the campsite

In the late afternoon we stop at our campsite at Buffalo Beans on an island.

Tents, Standard camping mattress, bedrolls, wash up facilities, a drop toilet, and

bucket shower facilities are all set up. Dinner, bore hole drinking water and juice are

always provided.

Overnight: Buffalo Beans Island Campsite – all meals included (Buffalo bean island is located 20Kms down river from Kiambi)

Kindly note there are no pillows included on our canoe excursions.

Bath towels are not included in the canoe excursion, but should the clients not have

towels, a request for towels can be made at the lodge reception, this can be arranged at the lodge reception before departure.

Day 3

Breakfast is enjoyed cooked over the fire.

We depart again on canoe downriver. Our back up boat follows close behind

We stop to visit a local village on the banks of the Zambezi. Here we can visit the school, the shops and view the local way of life.

A stop is made again for tea, set up by our back up boat

Stop for lunch, set up by our back up boat and continue downriver after lunch.

Arrive at our campsite, already set up by our back up boat and overnight as above.

Overnight at MUTONDO ISLAND– all meals included (Mutondo Island is located 40Kms down river from Kiambi)

Day 4– Return to Kiambi or proceed another day

Breakfast is enjoyed cooked over the fire.

We depart again by canoe downriver. Our back up boat follows close behind

A stop is made again for tea, set up by our back up boat

Stop for lunch, set up by our back up boat and continue downriver after lunch.

Arrive at our campsite, already set up by our back up boat and overnight as above.

Breakfast and canoe downriver again.

Overnight at our campsite, already set up by our back up boat team

Overnight at the CHONGWE COMMUNITY CAMPSITE- all meals included (Community campsite is located 65Kms down river from Kiambi)

Day 5

Breakfast and transfer by motorboat back to Kiambi.

You are welcome to spend another night with us at Kiambi Lower Zambezi before your departure.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Temperatures in the area are generally very warm through out the year and so please feel free to pack shorts and T-shirts, which are most acceptable at any time of the day or night on the Lower Zambezi.

Depending on the time of year the winter nights in June, July and August are cool, with winter days being warm and pleasant. September to December brings hot days and warm nights.

October is the warmest month of the year and is hot during the day as well as at night.

Hats, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, walking shoes and appropriate clothing should be packed, that being apart from the above mentioned a warm jumper for the cool winter evenings as everyone’s idea of cold is different. For those memorable moments, bring along your camera, a book to read while on the excursion and binoculars should you require

Tailor made trips can be arranged to suit your interests.

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Lower Zambezi Short Canoe 2N

15Feb

 

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

15Feb

 

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 toevening 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. Campchannels 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
compulsoryfor 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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Tamarind Canoe Safari

15Feb

Canoe trip Lower Zambezi

4 days Tamarind Canoe Safarifrom Chirundu to Mana Pools

general information

daily routine

equipment supplied

what to bring

DAY ONE (18 KM)

the operations company will collect you on the morning of your safari at 7:30am, in good time for a check-in, handing in extra luggage and valuables

PLEASE DO NOT TAKE YOUR PASSPORT ON THE RIVER. There will be a short briefing to summarise what the safari entails and questions may be asked. Guests will be required to sign an indemnity form before leaving on the safari.

After the briefing, a visit to the shops will be made, purchasing any extra drinks wanted for the trip before setting off for the river. Please note that credit cards are not a recommended payment option in Zimbabwe.

Transfers are by open 4×4 vehicles to Chirundu, arriving at approximately 11:30am, at which time the canoes and kit will be unloaded. Following this, a safety talk and demonstration of how to paddle a canoe will be given. A packed lunch will be taken on the river. At approximately 5pm camp is set up on an island named Kakomarara, there is time to relax and, after a brief safety talk on camping, have dinner.


DAY TWO (27 KM)
Up at sunrise for tea, coffee and biscuits before paddling for a couple of hours to the breakfast stop. Afterwards, canoeing will resume until midday and a well-earned lunch & siesta, time to catch up on reference books until mid afternoon (depending on the weather). Canoeing will continue until approximately 5pm when camp will be set up on Lone Acacia Island

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DAY THREE (23 KM)

The programme is as per day two. With the night’s camp stop on Trichelia Island.

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DAY FOUR (7 KM)

This morning you will have a more leisurely start with the usual tea, coffee and biscuits. After breakfast, camp is broken. Setting off at approximately 8am, the group will arrive at Mana Pools at 10am where the canoes and equipment will be loaded on to the vehicle for the return trip to Kariba. Arrival time in Kariba is approximately 3pm.

As you depart with your memories, we know that this experience will have enriched your life and touched your soul!

Notes

All timings given in this trip description are an approximation and could vary from trip to trip.

This itinerary is a guideline only and may change due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather conditions.

general information

Explorer Canoe Safaris are semi-participatory – meaning camps are not already set up for your arrival and that everyone helps to put up tents each evening.

Tents supplied are very easy to set up, two-man, dome tents.

฀ These safaris are self-contained – meaning all equipment and food is carried in the canoes and there is no vehicle back up.

฀ We take a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 people (special arrangements can be made for larger groups upon request).

฀ Our minimum age limit for canoe safaris is 14 years – there is no maximum age limit but sound judgement should be used.

฀ No previous canoeing experience is necessary but guests are required to be reasonably fit and healthy.

฀ The maximum luggage limit per client to take on the river is 10 kgs. A luggage room and safe facilities are provided for any extra luggage at the Kariba office.

฀ Animals seen on the trip usually include elephant, buffalo, impala, waterbuck, hippo, crocodile and plentiful birdlife. Lion, leopard, painted hunting dog etc. are more rarely seen but are certainly in the area. We cannot guarantee plenty of game while on safari, particularly during the green (rainy) season.

Our semi-participatory Explorer Canoe Safari options begin and end in Kariba (unless by other arrangement) and we recommend clients spend the night prior to their safari’s departure in Kariba town. We can assist with booking this accommodation. Safaris depart from our offices in Kariba, clients can self-drive there or, be picked up by us from their various hotels at 7:30am. Once at the office, clients may arrange for excess luggage and valuables to be locked away safely until their return. (We do not recommend taking passports or valuables on the river). A short briefing will then be given to help clients understand what the trip entails and any questions will be answered.

A shopping trip follows to allow the purchase of any additional groceries or personal items required, as well to purchase particular drinks clients may want. Clients will then be driven to the starting point of their safari
daily routine

Generally the day starts with tea/coffee and biscuits at sunrise. Camp is then packed up and the party sets off. Early mornings make for easy paddling as the wind is calm and it is not yet too hot. A stop will be made for breakfast, usually after a couple of hours. The trip continues after breakfast, until breaking for a light lunch and siesta to avoid the midday heat. The night stop is reached at approximately 5pm and the camp is unpacked and setup. Campsites are typically set up on islands and all sites are designated by National Parks.

ablutions

There are no ablution facilities on these safaris. Clients are provided with a spade, toilet paper and matches – with which to burn the toilet paper. Bathing is done from a bucket using water scooped out of the river.

backup status

Explorer Safaris are self-contained. All equipment and food is carried in the canoes and there is no vehicle back-up apart from drop-off and pick-up. As these safaris are semi-participatory, clients are required to help up setup tents and to assist the guide with the cooking and washing up.

equipment supplied

All camping equipment is supplied. This includes gas stoves, kitchen utensils, pots and pans, plastic plates, mugs, tables, stools, camping mattresses, sleeping bags and liners, candles, matches, cooler boxes and dome tents. Clients can bring their own sleeping bags if preferred. Fishing equipment is not supplied but clients may bring their own

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food

All food is supplied and meals are of a good standard. Meat and poultry dishes are precooked, frozen and stored in a cooler box during the safari. Some fresh produce (fruit and vegetables) are provided on the safari. Long safaris such as the Zambezi Classic Long are re-supplied in either Chirundu or Mana Pools.

฀ Breakfast usually consists of fruit, eggs, bacon, sausages, baked beans

or tomato relish, toast and jams.

฀ Lunch consists of cold meats, salads, cheese and bread.

฀ Dinner consist of a variety of meat and vegetable dishes.

drinks

Tea, coffee, water and imported wine with dinner are provided on Explorer

Safaris. Processed water is provided on all our trips however we also provide 2 litres of bottled mineral water per person per day. Clients are therefore advised to bring their own minerals (soft drinks), beer and spirits. Clients will be able to purchase these before the trip when taken shopping prior to departure. Drinks must be bought in cans to reduce weight and space. A cooler box is set aside for keeping drinks cold. There are no opportunities to replenish stocks on the river.

what to bring

Please keep all your luggage for the Safari to a maximum of 10kgs per person packed in a soft duffel bag, not a suitcase.

We recommend you pack the following for your Safari:

• Swimming/bathing costume

• Shorts and T-shirts

• Personal Toiletries

• Canvas shoes or rafting sandals

• 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, film and spare camera batteries

• Binoculars

• Sunscreen

• Insect repellent

• Socks for winter nights

• Warm clothes to sleep in during winter

• Waterproof bags for personal items.

• Money for National Parks Fees as well as identification documents where relevant


It is recommended that clients take a course anti malaria medication before travelling to Africa, please consult with your doctor or GP. Please ensure that you advise your travel agent of any medical or dietary requirements at least 14 days before your trip departs.

PLEASE NOTE THAT COSTS DO NOT INCLUDE
NATIONAL PARKS FEES WHICH ARE PAYABLE DIRECTLY
TO PARKS EN-ROUTE. PLEASE ASK US FOR THE FEE BEFORE TRAVEL.

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Zambezi canoe camping trip – Mopane

15Feb

Zambezi canoe camping trip Mopane

4 day semi participatory canoe safari Mana Pools to Chewore

DAY ONE (18 KM)

the operations company will collect you on the morning of your safari at 7:30am, in good time for a check-in, handing in extra luggage and valuables.

PLEASE DO NOT TAKE YOUR PASSPORT ON THE RIVER. There will be a short briefing to summarise what the safari entails and questions may be asked. Guests will be required to sign an indemnity form before leaving on the safari.


After the briefing, a visit to the shops will be made, purchasing any extra drinks wanted for the trip before setting off for the river. Please note that credit cards are not a recommended payment option in Zimbabwe.

Your group will be transferred in open 4×4 vehicles to Nyamepi (Mana Pools Main Camp) arriving at approximately 1:30pm. The canoes and kit will be off-loaded. The guide will give a safety talk and demonstration on how to paddle and lunch will be served before you begin canoeing.
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You will paddle until early evening reaching the first night’s camp on Nyamatusi Island. There is time to have a bucket bath, relax and have dinner after a brief safety talk on camping by your guide.

DAY TWO (25 KM)

You will be woken early for tea, coffee and biscuits before a short morning’s paddle.

Breakfast will be served either on the banks of the river or on an island. Afterwards the group will resume canoeing until around midday – stopping for lunch and a brief siesta on the river bank till the midday heat passes. Canoeing will then continue on until early evening. The second night’s stop is made at ‘G’ Camp in the channels.

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DAY THREE (20 KM)

The programme is as per day two. With the night’s camp being set up at Chewore High Sand Bank.

DAY FOUR (7 KM)

Tea, coffee and biscuits are taken after a more leisurely start to the day. Following breakfast, camp will be broken and you will depart at approximately 8am.

On arriving at Chewore at 10am, canoes and equipment will be loaded on to the vehicle for the return trip to Kariba – a packed lunch is served en route. Arrival time in Kariba is approximately 3pm.

 

Notes

All timings given in this trip description are an approximation and could vary from trip to trip.

This itinerary is a guideline only and may change due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather conditions.

general information

Explorer Canoe Safaris are semi-participatory – meaning camps are not already set up for your arrival and that everyone helps to put up tents each evening.

Tents supplied are very easy to set up, two-man, dome tents.

฀ These safaris are self-contained – meaning all equipment and food is carried in the canoes and there is no vehicle back up.

฀ We take a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 people (special arrangements can be made for larger groups upon request).

฀ Our minimum age limit for canoe safaris is 14 years – there is no maximum age limit but sound judgement should be used.

฀ No previous canoeing experience is necessary but guests are required to be reasonably fit and healthy.

฀ The maximum luggage limit per client to take on the river is 10 kgs. A luggage room and safe facilities are provided for any extra luggage at the Kariba office.

฀ Animals seen on the trip usually include elephant, buffalo, impala, waterbuck, hippo, crocodile and plentiful birdlife. Lion, leopard, painted hunting dog etc. are more rarely seen but are certainly in the area. We cannot guarantee plenty of game while on safari, particularly during the green (rainy) season.

Our semi-participatory Explorer Canoe Safari options begin and end in Kariba (unless by other arrangement) and we recommend clients spend the night prior to their safari’s departure in Kariba town. We can assist with booking this accommodation. Safaris depart from our offices in Kariba, clients can self-drive

there or, be picked up by us from their various hotels at 7:30am. Once at the office, clients may arrange for excess luggage and valuables to be locked away safely until their return. (We do not recommend taking passports or

valuables on the river). A short briefing will then be given to help clients understand what the trip entails and any questions will be answered.

A shopping trip follows to allow the purchase of any additional groceries or personal items required, as well to purchase particular drinks clients may want. Clients will then be driven to the starting point of their safari.

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daily routine

Generally the day starts with tea/coffee and biscuits at sunrise. Camp is then packed up and the party sets off. Early mornings make for easy paddling as the wind is calm and it is not yet too hot. A stop will be made for breakfast, usually after a couple of hours. The trip continues after breakfast, until breaking for a light lunch and siesta to avoid the midday heat. The night stop is reached at approximately 5pm and the camp is unpacked and setup. Campsites are typically set up on islands and all sites are designated by National Parks.

ablutions

There are no ablution facilities on these safaris. Clients are provided with a spade, toilet paper and matches – with which to burn the toilet paper. Bathing is done from a bucket using water scooped out of the river.

back up status

Explorer Safaris are self-contained. All equipment and food is carried in the canoes and there is no vehicle back-up apart from drop-off and pick-up. As these safaris are semi-participatory, clients are required to help up setup tents

and to assist the guide with the cooking and washing up.

equipment supplied

All camping equipment is supplied. This includes gas stoves, kitchen utensils, pots and pans, plastic plates, mugs, tables, stools, camping mattresses, sleeping bags and liners, candles, matches, cooler boxes and dome tents. Clients can bring their own sleeping bags if preferred. Fishing equipment is not supplied but clients may bring their own

food

All food is supplied and meals are of a good standard. Meat and poultry dishes are precooked, frozen and stored in a cooler box during the safari. Some fresh produce (fruit and vegetables) are provided on the safari. Long safaris such as the Zambezi Classic Long are re-supplied in either Chirundu or Mana Pools.

฀ Breakfast usually consists of fruit, eggs, bacon, sausages, baked beans

or tomato relish, toast and jams.

฀ Lunch consists of cold meats, salads, cheese and bread.

฀ Dinner consist of a variety of meat and vegetable dishes.

drinks

Tea, coffee, cordials and imported wine with dinner are provided on Explorer

Safaris. Processed water is provided on all our trips however we also provide 2

litres of bottled mineral water per person per day. Clients are therefore advised

to bring their own minerals (soft drinks), beer and spirits. Clients will be able to

purchase these before the trip when taken shopping prior to departure. Drinks must be bought in cans to reduce weight and space. A cooler box is set aside for keeping drinks cold. There are no opportunities to replenish stocks on the river.

what to bring

Please keep all your luggage for the Safari to a maximum of 10kgs per person

packed in a soft duffel bag, not a suitcase.

We recommend you pack the following for your Safari:

• Swimming/bathing costume

• Shorts and T-shirts

• Personal Toiletries

• Canvas shoes or rafting sandals

• 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, film and spare camera batteries

• Binoculars

• Sunscreen

• Insect repellent

• Socks for winter nights

• Warm clothes to sleep in during winter

• Waterproof bags for personal items.

• Money for National Parks Fees as well as identification documents where relevant


It is recommended that clients take a course of anti malaria medication before travelling to Africa, please consult with your doctor or GP. Please ensure that you advise us of any medical or dietary requirements at least 14 days before your trip departs.

PLEASE NOTE THAT COSTS DO NOT INCLUDE
NATIONAL PARKS FEES WHICH ARE PAYABLE DIRECTLY
TO PARKS EN-ROUTE. PLEASE ASK US FOR THE FEE BEFORE TRAVEL.

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Zambezi Canoe Safari – Marula

15Feb

Zambezi Canoe Safari – Marula

Kariba to Chirundu (2 nights / 3 days) semi participatory

general information

daily routine

equipment supplied

food

what to bring

Marula Canoe Safari reservations

Lower Zambezi map

DAY ONE (18 KM) ………………… the operations companywill collect you on the morning of your safari at 7:30am, in good time for a check-in and handing in extra luggage and valuables.

PLEASE DO NOT TAKE YOUR PASSPORT ON THE RIVER.

There will be a short briefing to summarise what the safari entails and questions may be asked. Guests will be required to sign an indemnity form before leaving on the safari.

After the briefing, a visit to the shops will be made, purchasing any extra drinks wanted for the trip before setting off for the river. Please note that credit cards are not a recommended payment option in Zimbabwe.

After arriving at the start point, luggage will be portered into the gorge and your group will walk the 1.5kms down to the river – quite a long, steep descent. All canoes and camping equipment will have already been carried into the gorge and packed.

A safety talk and demonstration on how to paddle a canoe will be given

after which you will be launched, then paddling until a stop is made for lunch.

Lunch is picnic-style affair after which there will be time for a siesta to avoid the worst heat of the day at which time canoeing recommences. At approximately 5pm you will arrive and set up camp on an island named Crocodile Rocks. There will be time to have a bucket bath, relax and eat dinner after a brief safety talk on camping

Notes

All timings given in this trip description are an approximation and could vary from trip to trip.

This itinerary is a guideline only and may change due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather conditions.

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DAY TWO (27 KM)

You will be woken at sunrise for tea, coffee and biscuits before canoeing a couple of hours and then stopping for a leisurely breakfast. After breakfast you will set off once again, enjoying the incredible scenery of the Zambezi Valley. A lunch stop will be made at the first suitable spot – with time, once again, for a siesta. In the early evening, the second campsite at Twin Logs Island, will be reached

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DAY THREE (20 KM)

Up at sunrise for tea, coffee, biscuits and breakfast before going on the river.

Between 10:30 and 11:00am the pick-up point at Chirundu will be reached. Here the equipment will be loaded for the return trip to Kariba or Kariba airport. Arrival back in Kariba is estimated to be 3pm.

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white headed vulture

general information

Explorer Canoe Safaris are semi-participatory – meaning camps are not already set up for your arrival and that everyone helps to put up tents each evening.

Tents supplied are very easy to set up, two-man, dome tents.

฀ These safaris are self-contained – meaning all equipment and food is carried in the canoes and there is no vehicle back up.

฀ We take a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 people (special arrangements can be made for larger groups upon request).

฀ Our minimum age limit for canoe safaris is 14 years – there is no maximum age limit but sound judgement should be used.

฀ No previous canoeing experience is necessary but guests are required to be reasonably fit and healthy.

฀ The maximum luggage limit per client to take on the river is 10 kgs. A luggage room and safe facilities are provided for any extra luggage at the Kariba office.

฀ Animals seen on the trip usually include elephant, buffalo, impala, waterbuck, hippo, crocodile and plentiful birdlife. Lion, leopard, painted hunting dog etc. are more rarely seen but are certainly in the area. We cannot guarantee plenty of game while on safari, particularly during the green (rainy) season.

The semi-participatory Canoe Safari options begin and end in Kariba (unless by other arrangement) and we recommend clients spend the night prior to their safari’s departure in Kariba town. We can assist with booking this accommodation. Safaris depart from our offices in Kariba, clients can self-drive there or, be picked up by us from their various hotels at 7:30am. Once at the office, clients may arrange for excess luggage and valuables to be locked away safely until their return. (We do not recommend taking passports or valuables on the river). A short briefing will then be given to help clients understand what the trip entails and any questions will be answered.

A shopping trip follows to allow the purchase of any additional groceries or personal items required, as well to purchase particular drinks clients may want. Clients will then be driven to the starting point of their safari.

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daily routine

Generally the day starts with tea/coffee and biscuits at sunrise. Camp is then packed up and the party sets off. Early mornings make for easy paddling as the wind is calm and it is not yet too hot. A stop will be made for breakfast, usually after a couple of hours. The trip continues after breakfast, until breaking for a light lunch and siesta to avoid the midday heat. The night stop is reached at approximately 5pm and the camp is unpacked and setup. Campsites are typically set up on islands and all sites are designated by National Parks.

ablutions

There are no ablution facilities on these safaris. Clients are provided with a spade, toilet paper and matches – with which to burn the toilet paper. Bathing is done from a bucket using water scooped out of the river.

back up status

Explorer Safaris are self-contained. All equipment and food is carried in the canoes and there is no vehicle back-up apart from drop-off and pick-up. As these safaris are semi-participatory, clients are required to help up setup tents and to assist the guide with the cooking and washing up.

equipment supplied

All camping equipment is supplied. This includes gas stoves, kitchen utensils, pots and pans, plastic plates, mugs, tables, stools, camping mattresses, sleeping bags and liners, candles, matches, cooler boxes and dome tents. Clients can bring their own sleeping bags if preferred. Fishing equipment is not supplied but clients may bring their own

food

All food is supplied and meals are of a good standard. Meat and poultry dishes are precooked, frozen and stored in a cooler box during the safari. Some fresh produce (fruit and vegetables) are provided on the safari. Long safaris such as the Zambezi Classic Long are re-supplied in either Chirundu or Mana Pools.

฀ Breakfast usually consists of fruit, eggs, bacon, sausages, baked beans

or tomato relish, toast and jams.

฀ Lunch consists of cold meats, salads, cheese and bread.

฀ Dinner consist of a variety of meat and vegetable dishes.

drinks

Tea, coffee, cordials and imported wine with dinner are provided on Explorer

Safaris. Processed water is provided on all our trips however we also provide 2 litres of bottled mineral water per person per day. Clients are therefore advised to bring their own minerals (soft drinks), beer and spirits. Clients will be able to purchase these before the trip when taken shopping prior to departure. Drinks must be bought in cans to reduce weight and space. A cooler box is set aside for keeping drinks cold. There are no opportunities to replenish stocks on the river
what to bring

Please keep all your luggage for the Safari to a maximum of 10kgs per person packed in a soft duffel bag, not a suitcase.

We recommend you pack the following for your Safari:

• Swimming/bathing costume • Shorts and T-shirts • Personal Toiletries

• Canvas shoes or rafting sandals • 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, film and spare camera batteries

• Binoculars • Sunscreen • Insect repellent • Socks for winter nights

• Warm clothes to sleep in during winter • Waterproof bags for personal items.

• Money for National Parks Fees as well as identification documents where relevant


It is recommended that clients take a course anti malaria medication before travelling to Africa, please consult with your doctor or GP. Please ensure that you advise your travel agent of any medical or dietary requirements at least 14 days before your trip departs
.

PLEASE NOTE THAT COSTS DO NOT INCLUDE
NATIONAL PARKS FEES WHICH ARE PAYABLE DIRECTLY
TO PARKS EN-ROUTE. PLEASE ASK US FOR THE FEE BEFORE TRAVEL

Marula Canoe Safari reservations

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Upper Zambezi Canoe Trails

15Feb

Upper Zambezi Canoe Trails

Year round Canoeing Trails above the Victoria Fallsalongside the Zambezi Park

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

The rapids are small and at their peak are only classed as grade two, which is the second easiest grade.

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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.

The vegetation predominantly consists of ebonies, waterberries, palms and a tremendous variety of acacia and albizia.

The Canoe Trail passes along the banks of the Zambezi National Park, where 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 canoe.

Minimum and Maximum Numbers:Minimum number is 2 pax and maximum of 20 pax.
Larger groups on request using canoes and inflatable rafts.

Age Restrictions:The minimum age for canoe trips is 10 years, subject to lifejacket fitting
There is no maximum age.
Management retains the right to refuse a child who they feel is unsuitable for the activity for any reason whatsoever.

Availability:Canoeing trips are available 365 days a year. However, during the rainy season (December to March) we may not be able to run the trip if there has been large quantities of rain as the roads become impassable so we are unable to drive to the canoe put in and take out points.

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Clients are picked up from their lodging and transferred to our Lodge for check in.

Pick up from Vic Falls Accommodation: Between 15h30-16h00
Drop off at Vic Falls Accommodation: Between 18h30-19h00

Clients enjoy a short game drive to the float start point at the Minefields. The transfer is approximately 15 minutes.
On arrival clients are given a safety talk by a professional river guide.
Clients use Canadian canoes with two people per canoe and each canoe has a paddler.
There is a professional guide per trip who will explain the wildlife, birdlife, flora & fauna during the trip.
Please note that the paddlers are not guides, they may have some knowledge of the area, but the guide/s will be the one giving out information and answering questions from clients

Clients spend anywhere up to 1.5 hours on the water (water level dependant).
Clients are offered snacks and drinks (Beer, wine, soft drinks) during the wine route
The trip ends at the Big Tree take out point. Clients are transferred back to their respective lodging by 18h30/19h00 (approximately 10 minutes to Vic Falls Hotels)

Daily Canoe Safaris:

Pick up from Vic Falls Accommodation: Between 06h45-07h00
Drop off at Vic Falls Accommodation: Between 14h00-14h30

Turnaround Trip duration is approx 7 hours.

The Canoeing Trail operates above the Victoria Falls on the 15km stretch of the Zambezi River between Chundu and the Minefields take out point next to 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 the national parks entrance (approximately 40 minutes) to the canoe start point, which is upriver at the Chundu campsite.

¨ On arrival clients are given a safety talk by a professional river guide.

¨ During the safety briefing clients will be served a light breakfast, with Tea and Coffee.

¨ Clients then practise their paddling skills before setting off on their canoe safari.

¨ Please note that clients will paddle themselves down the river, following their professional Canoe Guide, who will lead them done the various channels of the Zambezi river.

¨ Clients then canoe the channels of the Zambezi river, exploring and experiencing the diverse flaura, fauna, birdlife and wildlife in this area.

¨ Lunch is served on the banks of the Zambezi and consists of cold meats, rolls, salad and orange juice.

¨ The trip ends at the Mine fields take out point. Clients are transferred back to their respective lodging by 14h30 (approximately 10 minutes to Vic Falls Hotels).

HALF DAY OR SLIGHTLY LONGER DAY TRIPS ARE AVAILABLE, HALF DAY WILL BE THE SAME PRICE AND THE FULL DAY WILL CARRY A SUPPLEMENT CHARGE. BOTH THESE OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST AND ARE SUBJECT TO MINIMUM NUMBERS


Canoe Camping Safaris

Overnight, 2 day / 1 night, 2 day / 2 night and 3 day / 2 night safaris are on offer on a request basis only unlesspre-bookedand are largely water level dependent. Min numbers for these trips are 4

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Client Requirements

The appropriate dress required is shorts, T-Shirts, shoes, sunscreen and a wide brimmed hat. Dry bags are provided for cameras and valuables.

Equipment

For the standard and Multi day Canoe trips, the types of canoes used are the Inflatable crocodile canoes, double sided paddles and X-treme high flotation life jackets. For groups, we can use 16 foot inflatable rafts. For the wine route we use the Canadian type canoes, each being powered by a guide or paddler

Experience and Fitness

No previous experience is required and clients need not be proficient swimmers.

Videos and Photographs

Videos and photographs will be provided on request for group bookings only and will be shown the same evening.

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 these safari’s. A comprehensive first aid kit is carried on each trip. The trip leader is in radio and cell phone contact with our base in Victoria Falls and direct with M.A.R.S. (Medical Air Rescue Service).

Insurance

All clients are covered by Medical Air Rescue Services (MARS) through Adventure Zone,however, this only covers them for emergency evacuation in life threatening situations from the accident site to the local clinic/hospital. Itdoes notcover their hospitalisation and medication expenses. As such travel and medical insurance is COMPULSORY for all clients. Please ensure clients bring the details of their insurance policy with them. Adventure Zone will not cover clients expenses, 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.

Daily Trail Year Round
One Day and Overnight Canoe Safari

2 Day, 1 Night Canoe Safari

2 Day, 2 Night Canoe Safari

3 Day, 2 Night Canoe Safari

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Upper Zambezi Canoeing

15Feb

The upper Zambezi 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

Canoe trails Victoria Falls
Elephants enjoying the Zambezi river

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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.