This popular canoeing safari is spent camping on selected islands along the Lower Zambezi River as it makes its way through the flood plains of the Mana-pools region. This unique river experience encompasses much of what the best of the Zambezi River has to offer.
These canoeing safaris are self-contained with all the safari equipment being carried in the canoes for the duration of the trip. Guides prepare meals while the guests participate in erecting their tents, sorting out their bedding and general loading and offloading of their canoes.
During the hot summer months, early morning departures are encouraged to make the most of the cooler time and also to cover a reasonable distance before the wind may pick up. Deep shade is sought in the hottest part of the day for lunch breaks and rest. Canoeing continues to overnight stops as it becomes cooler again in the late afternoons
Unless otherwise arranged, trips depart from Zambezi Breezes/Chirundu at 1030hrs on the morning of departure, after clients have been briefed by their guide.
After an hour of canoeing there is a riverbank stop for lunch before paddling on to the first evening’s camp site on Kakomalala Island. This is a total canoeing distance of approximately 15km, predominantly through channels with an average of 3 – 4km/hour river flow rate. Arrival at the island is around 1700hrs and camp is then set up.
The full day of canoeing, approx. 25km
Approx. 0630hrs tea/coffee and biscuits depart 0730hrs downstream.
Breakfast approx. 0830hrs – 0900hrs.
Lunch approx. 1230hrs – 1430hrs in shade out of mid day sun.
Proceed to Magurumeno or Mtondo Islands depending on distances covered weather permitting.
Canoe through lower Zambezi flood plain region.
Daily routine much the same as Day two although now well into the Mana section of the river.
Overnight at Elephant or Nyamangwe Islands pending progress made.
Breakfast is had on the island before a leisurely 5 – 7km paddle to the take out point where the support vehicles are met. Canoes and equipment are loaded onto the vehicle and trailer before departing for the return journey to the through a wildlife area and several rural villages and dwellings. ETA Zambezi Breezes is 1430hrs allowing adequate time to connect onto Lusaka while it is still light or alternatively to spend an additional night at Zambezi Breezes on the banks of the Zambezi.
Three meals a day, cordial soft drinks and treated water are supplied on every safari. However, those wishing to bring their own bottled water may do so. Cooler boxes are provided for should clients wish to bring their own selection of beverages for the duration of the safari.
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