Tamarind Canoe Safari
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.
Transfers are by open 4x4 vehicles to Chirundu, arriving at approximately 1130hrs at which time the canoes and kit will be unloaded.
Following this a safety talk and demonstration of how to paddle a canoe will be given to your group and at around 1200hrs. Lunch is a packed lunch taken on the River.
At approximately 1700hrs you will set up camp on an island named Kakomarara, there is time to relax and have dinner after a brief safety talk on camping.
Overnight : Kakomarara Island
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 until midday and a well earned lunch & 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 Three (23 km)
The programme is as per day two.
Overnight : Trichelia Island
Day Four (7 km)
This morning is a more leisurely wake up and then after tea, coffee, biscuits and breakfast, camp is broken and you will set off at approximately 0800hrs.
The group arrives at Mana Pools at 1000hrs where the canoes and equipment are loaded on to the vehicles for the return trip to Kariba.
Arrival time in Kariba is approximately 1400hrs.
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.
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.
- 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 CONSULTANT FOR THE FEE BEFORE TRAVEL. WE 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 let us know of any medical or dietary requirements at least 14 days before your trip departs.