Marula Canoe Safari
Kariba to Chirundu (2 nights / 3 days) semi participatory
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
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.
DAY TWO (27 KM)
sunrise wake up for 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
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.
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.
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 beansor 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 ExplorerSafaris. 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