The Zambezi Safari & Travel Co.
Suite 3, The Heights Centre
PO Box 158, Kariba, Zimbabwe
Tel: +263 61 2532
Mobile: +263 11 603388
Fax: +263 61 2291
Mukuyu Canoeing and Walking Trail
The Mukuyu Trail is a backed up
canoe safari covering the full length of the Mana Pools shoreline from
Ruckomechi to Chikwenya. The format is a rolling camp with three night
stops, supported by a full camp crew and hosted by a Professional Guide.
The level of support, quality of the staff, and small group size assures
an exclusive and varied safari experience.
- Canoeing - using extremely
stable 18ft 6in Canadian-style canoes fitted with comfortable bucket
seats, seat cushions and optional lifejackets, you will surely enjoy a
unique experience as you drift silently on the current, enjoying the
spectacular scenery and approaching wildlife up-close and in total
silence. No previous canoeing experience is necessary - just an
adventurous spirit and a dose of enthusiasm.
- Walking - early mornings are
the best time to set out from camp on foot, when the animal spoor is
still fresh from the activities of the night before. Your senses come
alive as you hear every sound and become aware of every movement. Test
the wind as you approach some of Africa's big game for that close-up
encounter - and share in the knowledge and experience of our qualified
- Game-drives - using an open 4
x 4 vehicle you are able to explore the many pools and more distant
areas of the Park away from the river.
Each day our mobile-tented
camps are erected in a different location along the Zambezi, complete
with bush kitchen, hot water bucket showers and mobile flush toilet.
Each location has its own charm and enjoys lovely views across the
river. With spacious walk-in tents, comfortable camp stretchers,
mattress, sheets and blankets, bedside light, drinking water, wash basin
and mirror, bath and hand towels - you will find your every comfort has
been provided for. After a full day on the river you are welcomed into
camp with cold drinks, teas and coffees and a hot bush shower. Sit
around the warming campfire and enjoy the company of your fellow
travellers as you begin to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the
approaching African night. Dinner is announced with a cheerful smile
from your attendant waiter and you will enjoy the sheer splendour of
dining out under the African sky. With wine flowing and many a tale
being told .......
"... a canoe safari
along Mana Pools National Park is the highlight for almost everyone who
does a canoe trip as part of their safari." - Mark W.
Nolting - Africa's Top Wildlife Countries
Pools Tented Camp
In addition to the
3-night/4-day Mukuyu Canoeing and Walking Trail, Classic Africa Safaris
offers an exclusive 8-bed Tented Camp within Mana Pools National Park.
Situated on the banks of the Zambezi in an area known as Mucheni, the
Tented Camp enjoys stunning views across the river to the Zambian
escarpment beyond. Being centrally located within the Park, guests have
easy access to the main game-drive area as well as more remote walking
locations and of course, the river itself.
The camp is seasonal in nature,
being open from May to November each year, and is intended to give
guests a truly traditional African safari in a genuine tented safari
camp. The entire camp construction is designed not to impact on its
surroundings - with the capability of being taken down within a couple
of hours - leaving nothing behind to indicate that anyone had been there
at all. With spacious walk-in tents, comfortable sprung beds, mattress,
sheets and blankets, bedside light, drinking water, wash basin and
mirror, bath and hand towels - you will find your every comfort has been
provided for. The camp is complete with its own bush kitchen, hot-water
showers and flush toilets. A licensed resident Professional Guide
together with camp cook and support staff are at hand to provide a level
of personal attention found only in small, exclusive safari camps.
Guests are able to participate
in guided walks, canoeing and game-drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles as well
as have the opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking scenery that is so
much a part of this unique World Heritage area. A strong emphasis is
placed on walking and canoeing.
Mana Pools offers exceptional
opportunities for close encounters with Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Wild
Dog, Leopard and many of the larger antelope species - both on the water
and on foot. Early mornings are the best time to set out from camp on
foot, when the animal spoor is still fresh from the activities of the
night before. Afternoons are usually spent canoeing on the river or
taking game-drives to the more remote and less frequented parts of the
Park. Breakfasts are generally taken in camp, with lunch being a cold
buffet followed by an afternoon siesta. Dinners are served out under the
stars, with waiters in attendance and a warming campfire nearby. A full
bar is also available.