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Daily itinerary

Daily itinerary

Day One (18 km)
You'll be collected from your hotel on the morning of your safari at 0800hrs, in time for a check-in at the Kariba office to hand in extra luggage and valuables.

Your safari will depart at around 0830hrs for shopping, to purchase any extra drinks for your trip, before setting off for the river and the start of the canoe safari. Please note that credit cards are not a recommended payment option in Zimbabwe.

After arriving at the starting point your luggage will be portered into the Gorge and your group will walk the 1.5kms down to the River. This is quite a long steep descent - all canoes and camping equipment will have already been carried into the Gorge and packed.

A safety talk and demonstration on how to paddle a canoe will be given to your group and at 1100hrs paddling will begin until a stop is made for lunch at 1300hrs.

Lunch is a picnic style after which there will be time for a siesta to pass the heat of the day until around 1430hrs or 1500hrs at which time paddling recommences.

At around 1700hrs your group will arrive and set up camp on an island in the middle of the river named Crocodile Rocks. There is time to have a brief bucket bath relax and have dinner after a brief safety talk on camping.

Overnight : Crocodiles Rocks

Day Two (27 km)
Your group will be woken up at sunrise for tea, coffee and biscuits before paddling for a couple of hours to the breakfast stop.

At approximately 0930hrs canoeing will resume and you will be able to enjoy the incredible scenery of the Zambezi Valley. A lunch stop will be made at the first suitable spot with time once again for a siesta.

Between 1500hrs and 1700hrs your group will paddle onto the next camping at Twin Logs Island.

Overnight : Twin Logs Island

Day Three (28 km)
Your group will be woken at sunrise for tea, coffee and biscuits and breakfast before you start canoeing.

Paddling will start at around 0800hrs. Between 1030hrs and 1100hrs you will reach the re-supply point at Chirundu where you will receive fresh and clean equipment for the second leg of your journey.

The group will resume paddling after a light packed lunch to the night stop at Kakomarara Island.

Overnight : Kakomarara


Day Four (27km)
Your group will be woken at sunrise for tea, coffee and biscuits and breakfast before you start canoeing.

At 0930hrs canoeing will resume until midday and a well earned lunch and siesta, time to catch up on reference books until mid afternoon (depending on the weather).

Canoeing continues until approximately 1700hrs.

Overnight : Lone Acacia Island

Day Five (23km)
The programme is as per day four.

Overnight : Trichelia Island

Day Six (20km)Again today’s programme is very similar to days four and five.

Lunch will be around midday after which there is a chance to relax, take in your surroundings or siesta until 1500hrs.

The group paddles now until early evening.

Overnight : Chikwenya Island

Day Seven (25km)
Your group will be woken at sunrise for tea, coffee and biscuits before a short mornings paddle. Breakfast will be served either on the banks of the river or on an island at 0800hrs.

At 0930hrs the group resumes canoeing until lunchtime around 1300hrs and a brief siesta is taken on the banks until 1500hrs.

Canoeing continues until early evening.

Overnight : False Gorge

Day Eight (20km)
The programme is as per day seven

The days is spent exploring the shoreline of Chewore are) the home of the Great Elephant)

Overnight : Mupata Gorge

Day Nine (35km)
The schedule for this day is as per day six and seven with the day spent mainly in the austere Mupata Gorge, viewing its many endemic species of wild life and taking in its spectacular geographical features.

Overnight : Base of the towering Red Cliffs

Day Ten (7km)
After an early wake up call and breakfast the group will paddle down to the take out point at Kanyemba.

The equipment is loaded onto the vehicle and the group is transferred back to Kariba.

Arrival time in Kariba is approximately 1600hrs

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS AN EXPLORER CANOE SAFARI AND THERE ARE NO FIXED ABLUTION FACILITIES ALONG THE WAY. ALL TIMINGS GIVEN IN THIS TRIP DESCRIPTION ARE APPROXIMATE AND WILL VARY FROM TRIP TO TRIP.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Our explorer safaris are self-participatory which means that camps are not already set up and that everyone helps set up their tents each evening (very easy to set up two-man dome tents).
  • We can take a minimum of 2 pax and a maximum of 8 pax.
  • We have a minimum age limit of 15 years - there is no maximum age limit but discretion must be used.

No previous canoeing experience is necessary but we do require our guests to be reasonably fit and healthy. We have a luggage room and safe facilities for any extra luggage - the maximum luggage limit on the River is 10 kgs.

We prefer guests to be in Kariba the day before and the day after their safari.

Animals seen on the trip usually include elephant, buffalo, impala, waterbuck, hippo, crocodile and plentiful birdlife. Lion, leopard, wild dog etc. are more difficult to see but they are certainly in the area. We do not guarantee that plenty of game will be seen on safari.

COSTS INCLUDE:

 

  • Road transfers to and from the safari from Kariba - e.g. from Chirundu / to Mana Pools –in open 4x4 vehicles – these transfers can be very dusty and bumpy.
  • All meals - we do cater for dietary preferences, such as vegetarian or diabetic – if we are given enough advance warning – at least four Weeks
  • Drinks - cordials not minerals. There is no alcohol, other than wine with dinner each evening. If guests would like to take their own alcohol, minerals and bottled water - we do supply adequate cooler boxes.
  • All canoeing equipment - the canoes are two-man Canadian-style canoes, and the paddles are American Carlisle paddles.
  • All camping equipment - two-man dome tents, sleeping bags, liners, mattress, mosquito net, fly sheet, ground sheet and tarpaulin (in case of rainy weather).
  • Fully qualified canoe guides.

PLEASE NOTE THAT COSTS DO NOT INCLUDE NATIONAL PARKS FEES WHICH ARE PAYABLE DIRECTLY TO PARKS EN-ROUTE. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR THE FEE BEFORE TRAVEL. WE CANNOT BE HELD LIABLE FOR THE PAYMENT OF NATIONAL PARKS FEES.

WHAT TO BRING
Please keep all your luggage for the Safari to a maximum of 10 kgs per person packed in a soft duffel bag not a suitcase
We recommend you pack the following for your Safari:
swimming costume
shorts
Personal Toiletries
Towel
Canvas Shoes and Rating Sandals
A Hat with a wide brim
A jacket or sweater for the evenings
Shirts (including a long sleeved one for sun protection)
A kikoi or length of cloth to cover your legs to protect them from the sun
A torch or flash / flashlight and extra batteries
Film and spare camera batteries
Binoculars
Sunscreen
Insect repellent
Socks for winter nights
Warm clothes to sleep in for winter nights

Please ensure that you begin a course of anti malaria tablets before your arrival iand that you continue the medication for four weeks after arriving home.

Please ensure that you advise us of any medical or dietary requirements at least 14 days before your trip departs.




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