Zambezi Canoe Safari - Marula (Kariba Gorge)
Marula canoe safari 3 Days / 2 nights trail through Kariba Gorge from Kariba Dam to Chirundu. A total of 59 kms canoeing the lower Zambezi river.
Canoeing through the narrow and steep sided Kariba Gorge, the safari offers an abundance of birdlife and antelope species; buffalo and elephant are occasionally seen.
Zambezi Canoe Safari : Overview
The Zambezi canoe safari Marula starts at 07h30 on Day 1.
After arriving at the start point, luggage is portered into the gorge while your group will walk 1.5 kms down to the river. Be prepared as this is quite a long steep descent.
Canoeing will start 8km below the Kariba dam wall and ends in Chirundu. From start to finish the Marula canoe safari covers a total of 59 kms. The Marula trail travels 18 kms through the Kariba Gorge which is narrow and steep sided.
Once we pass Kariba gorge the terrain changes opening up to more flatter ground.Here we get the opportunity to view an abundant variety of birdlife and antelope.
On occasion elephants and buffalo have been seen on this stretch of the river.
The trails daily routine starts with tea, coffee and biscuits at sunrise. We start off early as the mornings make for easy paddling – the wind is calm and the day is not too hot.
We will then canoe for a couple of hours and stop for breakfast. At midday paddling stops for lunch and a well deserted siesta.
No previous experience is necessary but guests should be reasonably fit and healthy.
Animals seen on the trip usually include elephant, buffalo, impala, waterbuck, hippo, crocodile. Birdlife is plentiful.
Lion, leopard and painted hunting dog are rarely seen.
Rates per person valid to 31 October 2019
November 2018 – May 2019 : US$ 668
June 2019 – October 2019 : US$ 809
Marula Canoe safari – Quick Facts
Start point : Kariba, Zimbabwe
Duration : 3 days / 2 nights
Minimum age : 14 years – no maximum
Departure Days: Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday
Available: operational all year round
Group size : Two – Eight