Zambezi Classic Long Canoe
FROM PRICE: $ 1300 | ON SPECIAL FOR ONLY: $ 1300
Lower Zambezi - Kariba to Kanyemba - 10 days / 9 nights
Special price valid November to June per person (low season).
This semi-participatory canoe safari option begins and ends in Kariba (we can meet you in Lusaka and transfer you to Kariba); we recommend spending the night prior to trip departure in Kariba town. This is a self-contained safari. All equipment and food is carried in the canoes and there is no vehicle back up apart from pick-up and drop off. They are to a small extent participatory; however the guides do the cooking and washing up.
Where is it?
This canoe safari takes place on the stretch of river between Kariba and Kanyemba and is 10 days/9 nights long.
What is the best time of year to go?
All year bearing in mind the wettest time of the year is late Nov to end of March.
This canoe trip departs on Tuesdays/Saturdays and Sundays
How to get there
We will pick you up in Lusaka or Kariba.
If you're arriving via Lusaka, we will need to pick you up the day before the safari and transfer you to Kariba. All clients need to overnight in Kariba the night before the safari.
You will be given a briefing the evening before at your hotel when you'll also meet your guide.
Tips and Notes
EXPERIENCE AND FITNESS
No previous experience needed however a reasonable level of fitness is required.
The canoes are Canadian-style two-man canoes that are 5.5 metres long and 0.92 metres wide. There 5 buoyancy tanks so the canoe does not sink if overturned or damaged. The canoes have proper seats with backrest and canvas cushions. Canoes are very stable and can carry up to 420kgs with ease. The paddles are American Carlisle, lightweight single-bladed.
You will be able to leave excess baggage and your passport in the Kariba office before you depart. DO NOT TAKE YOUR PASSPORT ON THE RIVER WITH YOU!
You will be able to purchase extra drinks in Kariba before you depart as a limited amount are supplied by your guide.
The price EXCLUDES National Parks fees and River usage fees. Your consultant will let you know how much to take and this is paid in cash to National Parks direct whilst canoeing.
Our Recommended Accommodation
Zambezi Canoe overnight camp
Overnight stops are on islands or the river bank and usually on a sandy beach. All the equipment is provided and carried on the canoes during the day. Luggage is kept to a minimum of 10kgs per person.
Bed mats with sleeping bags and liners are provided and the zipped tents are made of mosquito proof netting. There are no ablution facilities, washing is done in the river and a spade with toilet paper and matches are provided.
All food is supplied and meals are of a good standard. The meat and poultry dishes are pre-cooked and frozen. Food supplies carried by one rig will last for a 5-day safari; any longer trips are re-supplied either in Chirundu or Mana Pools. Breakfast / brunch usually consists of fruit, eggs, bacon or sausages, beans or tomato relish, bread (toast), marmalade, tea, and coffee. Lunch consists of cold meats and salads, cheese, biscuits, pickles and rolls. Dinners consist of a variety of meat and vegetable dishes.
Carribea Bay Hotel, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
Situated on the Lake Kariba shoreline with southerly views across to Matusadona National Park and the Zambezi escarpment in the east, is Caribbea Bay. This Sardinian-style resort with its sprawling complex is reminiscent of a Mediterranean resort with facilities and entertainment for the whole family. This hotel makes an ideal overnight stop before or after a canoe safari on the Lower Zambezi river Mana Pools National Park.
Caribbea Bay offers guests a sun-filled holiday in relaxed comfort. Linger over sundowners on the pool deck, enjoy an informal dinner in the restaurant.
The hotel has 80 attractively furnished deluxe suites and casitas which are fully air-conditioned. Guests can cool off in any of the two swimming pools, whilst children can play on the small sandy beach, in the playground, amusement centre or on the waterslide. The resort has two restaurants and three bars.
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