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Detailed itinerary

Detailed itinerary

Fish Eagle Canoe Safari

Day One (18 km)

We will collect you on the morning of your safari in time for a check-in at the Kariba office at 0800hrs 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. After arriving at the start point, luggage will be portered to the river and your group will walk the 1.5kms down to the River. Here you will meet all the canoes and camping equipment that has been carried down already.

A safety talk and demonstration on how to paddle a canoe will be given to your group and at 11am paddling will begin until a stop is made for lunch at 1300hrs. Lunch is picnic-style with time for a siesta afterwards to pass the heat of the day until around 1430hrs or 1500hrs at which time paddling recommences.

At around 1700hrs you will 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 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 when you will stop in the channels.

Overnight : Twin Logs Island

Day Three (20 km)

The Programme is as per day two, with the night stop being made early evening.

Overnight : On an island called Kakomarara

Day Four (27 km)

The Programme is as per day two, with the night stop being made early evening.

Overnight : Lone Acacia Island

Day Five (23 km)

The Programme is as per day two, with the night stop being made early evening.

Overnight : Trichelia Island

Day Six (6 km)

The group will be woken at six for tea, coffee, biscuits and breakfast before paddling starts at 08h00.

The group arrives at Mana Pools at 10h00 where the canoes are loaded on to the vehicles for the return trip to Kariba. Arrival time in Kariba is approximately 14h30.

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, 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 during the green season.

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 dusty and bumpy.

  • All meals - we do cater for dietary preferences, such as vegetarian or diabetic however we require 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 TO TELL YOU THE FEE BEFORE TRAVEL.

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 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.

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