Marula daily itinerary
Day One (18 km)
We will collect you 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. PLEASE DO NOT TAKE YOUR PASSPORT ON THE RIVER WITH YOU!
Your safari will depart at 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 start point, luggage will be portaged 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 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 the group should arrive and set up camp on an island in the middle of the River named Crocodile Rocks. There is time to have a bucket bath, relax and have dinner after a brief safety talk on camping.
Overnight : Crocodile Rocks
Day Two (27 km)
Your group will be woken at sunrise for tea, coffee and biscuits before you start canoeing for a couple of hours before stopping for a leisurely breakfast continuing around 0930hrs.
After breakfast set off once again and 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 to the next camping spot.
Overnight : Twin Logs Island
Day Three (20 km)
Your group will be woken at sunrise for tea, coffee; biscuits and breakfast before you start canoeing.
Paddling will start around 0800hrs and between 1030hrs and 1100hrs you will reach the pick up point at Chirundu where your equipment will be loaded for your return trip to Kariba or the Kariba airport.
Arrival back in Kariba is expected to be 1500hrs.
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 AN APPROXIMATION AND WILL VARY FROM TRIP TO TRIP.
- 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 14 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 suggest guests should 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, painted hunting 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 especially in the green season.
- Road transfers to and from the safari from Kariba - e.g. from Chirundu / Mana Pools – are in open 4x4 vehicles – these transfers can be dusty and bumpy.
- Meals -we do cater for dietary preferences, such as vegetarian/diabetic however we do require advance warning – at least four weeks
- Certain 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 – these can be purchased in Kariba Town - 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, sleeping roll, 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 ASK YOUR AGENT OR CONTACT US FOR THE FEE BEFORE TRAVEL. NATUREWAYS SAFARIS WILL NOT BE 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:
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
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 in Africa and 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.