The Quick Tour
The Zambezi Safari & Travel Co.
Suite 3, The Heights Centre
PO Box 158, Kariba, Zimbabwe
Tel: +263 61 2532
Fax: +263 61 2291
Family adventurers tend to prefer being self-sufficient and need activities
which will allow them space, freedom and activities broad enough to keep
youngsters safely occupied.
Every year we host a few foreign families on full-blown safaris. Children
are generally attentive and become totally absorbed by some of the activities
to which they're exposed. We actively encourage children on safari - special
arrangements are usually necessary - feel free to contact us.
Minimum ages on safari don't apply for National Parks camps, the general
lower limit is 8 years on private safari camps, 15 years on canoe safaris.
Some cruisers and houseboats don't allow children
at all - most do. Some local resorts will provide nannies and baby-sitters
One of the more popular options is to spend four days in a camp in
Mana Pools, Matusadona
or Kuburi added on to three day cruise on a houseboat with vehicle and valuables
safely stowed in Kariba. This allows the family
first hand experience of the bush and wildlife plus privacy whilst spending
much of the day fishing, game viewing and being forced into "relax-mode".
Even Mom isn't allowed to do any work!
A second option is to book into one of the local
hotels or camp sites and between soaking up a novel in the sun, explore
Kariba via several short or "one-day" options.
This could mean fishing, sailing, canoeing,
horse-riding, skiing, parasailing, game drives, short walking safaris, taking
a sunset cruise or flip over the lake.
If you're a visitor in transit or insist on being totally self-sufficient
then we can point you to both close-by and remote camp sites in Kariba to
set up temporary base. Please note that we don't do any National Park bookings
- we recommend that you make enquiries by registered mail to:
Central Booking Office
Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management
PO Box 8151, Causeway, Harare.
Mana Pools used to be off limits during the wet season from November to April
- with heavy rains you stand a very good chance of getting stuck if you're
on one of the side roads.
Be aware that the roads in remoter areas, including Mana Pools can become
more than just challenging with some rain about.
Fresh food stocks, refreshments and fuel are available at all times in Kariba
and the other "centres".
During school holidays, the Ferry service between
Milibizi and Kariba requires booking well in advance.
The alternate routes between Vic Falls/Hwange and Kariba are acceptable
alternatives - the Zambian side is safe and tarred (under constant repair),
the Zimbabwean side is dirt all the way and some bridges which washed away
in 1996, 1997 and 1998 are definite problems in the rainy season.
The route between Harare and Vic Falls and Harare and Kariba is good tar
- you're very likely to encounter lots of game between Makuti and Kariba
- take particular care at night.
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