Zambezi Canoeing Safari

Experience the adventure of canoeing down the mighty Zambezi River through some of Africa’s most beautiful wilderness encountering magnificent wildlife. These canoe trails are operated by Natureways in the manner of early explorers, where everything is carried in the canoes. Imagine the thrill as your canoe passes close to a herd of elephants drinking in the river, or a pod of hippo wallowing in the shallows. No method of travel could bring you closer to the beauty and remoteness of the African bush.

Accommodation is in two-man dome tents on the shore. Canoe trails are semi-participatory, with each trip accompanied by 2 qualified canoe guides who will take care of all of the cooking, washing and other camp chores. Travellers are free to help out if they wish. Canoe trips range from 2 nights to 7 nights, covering a distance of approx 22 km daily. No prior canoeing experience is necessary, but you must be able to swim.

From 3 days/2 nights
Dome Tents
Departs ex Kariba

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Highlights:

  • Experience the unique thrill of canoeing down the mighty Zambezi River
  • Glide quietly past herds of bathing elephants or grunting pods of hippo
  • Fall asleep at night in a comfortable dome tent to the sounds of the African bush
  • Have all camp chores taken care off by a team of staff
  • Get closer to wild animals and birds than you ever thought possible

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Zambezi Canoeing Safari

Itinerary

From 3 days/2 nights

Day 1

Kariba
Early morning pick up and briefing, before walking down a steep gorge to the river, where canoes and camping equipment await. After a safety demonstration, paddle to a shady picnic spot where lunch is served. There’s time for a siesta before continuing to your campsite, on an island named Crocodile Rocks. Enjoy a well-deserved hot bucket shower and dinner tonight. LD

Day 2

Zambezi River Canoeing
Awaken at sunrise for tea or coffee and biscuits, before another few hours of canoeing. After a leisurely breakfast, set off for more incredible Zambezi Valley scenery and wildlife spotting. Following lunch, head to Twin Logs Island, the location of your second campsite. BLD

Day 3

Tour ends Kariba/airport
Up again at daybreak, making good time on the river to your pick-up point at Chirundu. A driver will return you to Kariba or the airport by mid-afternoon. 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.

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