Mana Pools Canoe
and Walking Trail

For those looking for a little adventure, this is possibly the best safari in all of Africa! This thrilling experience provides incredibly close encounters with animals and birds either from the canoe or on foot. Each trip is led by an armed professional guide who is licensed to take guests both canoeing on the river and walking in the national park. Accommodation is in fully serviced, comfortable camps on the banks of the Zambezi with bedding, hot bucket showers, meals and waiter service.

The canoe trails traverse the entire length of the enchanting Mana Pools National Park. Canoeing is in comfortable, stable Canadian canoes, travelling at a leisurely pace. The combination of walking and canoeing allows maximum flexibility, and provides the best opportunity to experience all that Mana Pools has to offer.

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Highlights:

  • Get amazingly close to iconic African wildlife such as elephant and hippo
  • Paddle at a relaxed pace along the mighty Zambezi River
  • Explore magnificent landscapes in beautiful Mana Pools National Park on foot
  • Enjoy fully serviced camping on the shore with hot bucket showers
  • Traverse the entire length of the reserve with the flexibility to canoe or walk throughout your safari

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Mana Pools Canoe and Walking Trails

Itinerary

4 days/3 nights

Day 1

Mana Pools National Park
Arrive in Mana Pools no later than 11:30AM, where you are driven through the game-rich floodplain to reach your first night’s campsite. Enjoy a light lunch and a safety briefing before launching your canoe near the confluence of the Ruckmechi and Zambezi rivers. Hippo, buffalo, elephant, crocodile and an array of antelope species are often seen on the banks. Return to camp around sunset, where sundowner drinks and a three-course dinner by a campfire awaits. LD

Days 2/3

Canoeing
Start the day early, on the water by sunrise. Drift along, enjoying the scenery and possible predator action, before disembarking for breakfast and a walk through riverine woodland. Learn how to identify an animal by its spoor or a bird by its call as you traverse the landscape on foot. After a well-earned lunch break and siesta, drift downriver to your second campsite, which overlooks a large grassy plain and the Zambezi River. Day 3 follows a similar itinerary, but in a much more remote area, far from roads. There is an opportunity to walk across a wild island before paddling to a third campsite. BLD

Day 4

Tour ends Mana Pools
Enjoy a final walk before breakfast, or simply sleep in. A game drive takes you back to the airstrip or the Nyamepi main camp where you say goodbye to your hosts. B

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Zimbabwe Overview

Why should I travel to Zimbabwe? Zimbabwe offers amazing wildlife experiences, from the safari parks and reserves along the mighty Zambezi River and Lake Kariba to the vast wilderness of Hwange National Park. The jewel in the country’s crown is the spectacular Victoria Falls. The country has a long history and the ancient stone city of Great Zimbabwe gave the country its name.

When is the best time to go to Zimbabwe?The dry season (May-Oct) is the best time for gameviewing as the bush dries out and game congregates at the precious remaining waterholes. Late in the dry season, there will be much less water going over the Victoria Falls, whilst at the height of summer there will be a lot of spray and it may be more difficult to see the falls.

What is the culture of Zimbabwe? Zimbabweans are known for their rich culture, dance and music traditions. They are also recognised for their fine art and craft including basketware, pottery and the famous Shona stone sculptures. The two main tribes are the Shona and the Matabele.

What is the climate in Zimbabwe? Moderate climate (22°-29°C) though hotter in the Zambezi Valley and around the Victoria Falls where temperatures can reach 40°C. The dry season is from May-Oct when almost no rain falls and the days are warm and sunny. Nights can be very cold with sub-zero temperatures from Jun-Aug. Oct is the hottest month. Rain falls regularly in the summer (Nov-Mar/Apr) turning the bush lush and green.

What can I combine Zimbabwe with? Zambia, Botswana or South Africa. Chobe National Park in Botswana is just across the border and can be easily reached by road from Victoria Falls. Zambia and the town of Livingstone is across the river from Victoria Falls.

How to get to Zimbabwe? Fly from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls. Alternatively you can easily take a road transfer from Livingstone in Zambia or from Botswana. For an Edwardian-style, luxury rail experience travel by Rovos Rail from Pretoria in South Africa to Victoria Falls.

Do I need a Visa for Zimbabwe? Please call us on 1300 363 302 or visit or FAQ page

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