Zambezi Classic Short Canoe
FROM PRICE: $ 1150 | ON SPECIAL FOR ONLY: $ 0
Canoe the Zambezi River, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe.
Lower Zambezi river - Chirundu to Kanyemba - 8 days/7 nights
Available April to end of October (dry season).
This semi-participatory canoe safari begins and ends in Kariba (we can pick-up from Lusaka if needed). This is a self-contained safari and equipment and food is carried in the canoes. There is no vehicle back up apart from pick-up and drop off. This is an adventure of a lifetime and will never be forgotten!
Where is it?
Chirundu to Mana Pools National Park to Kanyemba on the Lower Zambezi River, Zimbabwe side.
What is the best time of year to go?
This canoe safari departs on Monday/Tuesday and Thursdays.
How to get there
You will need to overnight in Kariba town the night before departure. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and give you and any other guests a briefing during the evening. On the morning of departure, your guide will pick you up early in the morning and together with the canoes, luggage, other guests and any back-up staff you'll drive to the Lower Zambezi River (up to 3hrs), to the put-in point.
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 are 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 purchase extra drinks in Kariba before you depart as a limited amount are supplied by your guide.
The prices 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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