Zambezi Classic Long Canoe Safari
10 Days Kariba to Kanyemba. The best canoe trip for enthusiasts
DAY ONE (18 KM)you will be collected on the morning of your safari at 7:30am, in good time for a check-in at the operations office, handing in extra luggage and valuables.
PLEASE DO NOT TAKE YOUR PASSPORT ON THE RIVER. There will be a short briefingto summarise what the safari entails and questions may be asked. Guests will berequired to sign an indemnity form before leaving on the safari.After the briefing, a visit to the shops will be made, purchasing any extra drinkswanted for the trip before setting off for the river. Please note that credit cards arenot a recommended payment option in Zimbabwe.
After arriving at the start point, luggage will be portered into the gorge and yourgroup 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 andpacked.A safety talk and demonstration on how to paddle a canoe will be givenafter which you will be launched, then paddling until a stop is made for lunch.
After a picnic-style lunch, there will be time for a siesta to avoid the worst heat ofthe day, then paddling recommences. At approximately 5pm the group reachesCrocodile Rocks Island and sets up camp. There will be time to have a bucket bath,relax and have dinner after a brief safety talk on camping.
DAY TWO (27 KM)Waking at sunrise for tea, coffee and biscuits, followed by a couple of hours‘canoeing and a stop for a leisurely breakfast. After breakfast, you will set off onceagain, enjoying the incredible scenery of the Zambezi Valley. A lunch stop will bemade at the first suitable spot – with time once again, for a siesta. In the earlyevening you will reach your second campsite at Twin Logs Island.
DAY THREE (28 KM)The group will be woken at sunrise for tea, coffee and biscuits and breakfast beforecanoeing starts. Between 10:30 and 11am you will reach the re-supply point atChirundu where fresh supplies of fruit and vegetables for the second leg of thejourney are obtained. Paddling resumes after a light packed lunch, continuing tothe night stop at Kakomarara Island.
DAY FOUR (27 KM)Up at sunrise for tea, coffee and biscuits and breakfast before you start canoeing.Canoeing continues until midday and a well-earned lunch and siesta, time to catchup on reference books until mid-afternoon (depending on the weather). The groupwill continue to paddle until approximately 5pm, spending the night camped onLone Acacia Island.
DAY FIVE (23 KM)The programme is as per day four. The night’s campsite will be at Trichelia Island.
DAY SIX (20 KM)Again, today’s programme is very similar to days four and five. Lunch will be atabout midday after which there is a chance to relax, take in your surroundingsor siesta. The group will paddle until early evening where camp will be made onChikwenya Island.
DAY SEVEN (25 KM)Up at dawn for tea, coffee and biscuits before a short early morning paddle. Breakfastwill be served either on the banks of the river or on an island. Afterwards you willresume canoeing until lunchtime after which a brief siesta can be taken on thebanks of the river. Once the heat subsides, canoeing will continue to False Gorge.
DAY EIGHT (20 KM)The programme is as per day seven. The day will be spent exploring the shoreline
of Chewore (home of the Great Elephant). Camp will be made at Mupata Gorge.
DAY NINE (35 KM)The schedule for this day will be as per day six and seven with the day spent mainly inthe austere Mupata Gorge, viewing its many endemic species of wildlife and takingin its spectacular geographical features. This night’s campsite will be established atthe base of the towering Red Cliffs.
DAY TEN (7 KM)After an early wake-up and breakfast, you will paddle down to the take-out pointat Kanyemba. Equipment will then be loaded onto the vehicle and the grouptransferred back to Kariba. Arrival time in Kariba is approximately 4pm
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 routineGenerally 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.
ablutionsThere 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 statusExplorer 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 suppliedAll 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
foodAll 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.
drinksTea, 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 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.
Please ensure that you advise your travel agent of any medical or dietary requirements at least 14 days before your trip departs.