Mopane Canoe Safari
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.
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) – early morning wake up callfor 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 tentsand 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 2litres of bottled mineral water per person per day. Clients are therefore advisedto bring their own minerals (soft drinks), beer and spirits. Clients will be able topurchase 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 personpacked 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.