Mupata Canoe Safari
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 off-loading the equipment and a brief lunch the group then has a chance to explore the Nyamepi area by Game Drive. The evening campsite is made at Nyamepi.
Overnight: Nyamepi campsite
Day Two (20 km)
The group is woken at 0700hrs and after an in-depth safety talk by the guide and a demonstration on how to paddle, the trip on the River begins at 0900hrs. Lunch will be around midday after which there is a chance to relax, take in your surroundings or possibly siesta until 1500hrs. The group paddles now until the early evening when the first night’s camp on the river, is found at Chikwenya Island. You now have a chance to enjoy a bucket shower, and a brief safety talk on camping is given by the guide before dinner is served.
Overnight: Chikwenya Island
Day Three (25 km)
Your group will be woken at 0530hrs for tea, coffee and biscuits before a short morning's paddle. Breakfast will be served either on the banks of the river or on an island at 0830hrs. At 0930hrs the group resumes canoeing until lunchtime around midday and a brief siesta taken on the banks until 1500hrs. Canoeing then continues until early evening. The second night’s stop is made False Gorge.
Overnight: False Gorge
Day Four (20 km)
The Programme is as per day three. The day is spent exploring the shoreline of Chewore area (the home of the Great Elephant) with the night stop being made at the top of the Mupata Gorge.
Overnight: Mupata Gorge
Day Five (35 km)
The schedule for this day is as per days three and four with the day spent mainly in the austere Mupata Gorge. Viewing its many endemic species of wildlife, and taking in its spectacular geographical features. The night’s camp is made at the base of the towering Red Cliffs.
Overnight Towering Red Cliffs
Day Six (7 km)
After an early wake up and breakfast the group paddles down to the take out point at Kanyemba.
The equipment is loaded onto the vehicle and the group is transferred back to Kariba. Arrival in Kariba is expected at 1600hrs.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS AN EXPLORER CANOE SAFARI AND THERE ARE NO FIXED ABLUTION FACILITIES ALONG THE WAY.ALL TIMES GIVEN IN THIS TRIP DESCRIPTION IS APPROXIMATE; THEY 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 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.
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 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:
- Swimming costume
- Personal Toiletries
- 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
- 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 in Zimbabwe 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.
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