Tick Running 1st class
safaris since 1995
Tick Independent
African experts
Tick 99% delivered as
promised or better
Tick On call
24 / 7 / 365

Fisheagle Canoe Safari

A firm Zambezi favourite! Our Fisheagle Canoe safari starts at Kariba and follows the river down to Mana Pools. Paddling through the Kariba Gorge with its imposing towering cliffs to the floodplains rich with wildlife.

This has the be the ultimate way to get back to nature in Africa, so come and join us and see for yourself.

  • A really good canoe adventure
  • Fish eagles soar above the water
  • Lower Zambezi River and Mana Pools National Park
  • 6 days / 5 nights

Highlights of the Fisheagle Canoe Safari

We’re at the top of our game when it comes to canoe safaris. With over 21 years behind us our experience talks volumes! Our Fisheagle canoeing adventure is a leisurely affair.  We set up camp before sunset on the river shore and only use top experienced canoe guides throughout the trip.

Fisheagle Canoe Safari is semi-participatory so, everyone helps set up the camp each evening.  We use two man dome tents which are simple to erect. All the food and equipment is transported by canoe so there are no back up vehicles. And, you don’t have to be an experienced paddler just so long as you’re fit and healthy.

  • Great canoe safari for the adventurous. Excellent for viewing wildlife close-up. Look out for elephant, buffalo, impala, waterbuck, hippo, crocodile and plentiful birdlife. Leopard, lion and painted hunting dog can also be seen but they’re a little more illusive
  • Spectacular birding including fish eagles hunting fish in the river
  • All our guides are knowledgeable and experienced and are passionate canoeists
  • Paddle strong and stable Canadian canoes

Best time to do the Fisheagle Canoe Safari

  • Available all year round
  • August to November  is the best time to view game and it gets pretty hot just before the rains in Mid-November

Finally, follow this link to read more about canoeing in Africa and other canoe safaris and more info about other Upper Zambezi Canoeing options on our sister website.

(Mana sunset courtesy James Varden)

ItineraryFrom $938

Day 1 - Kariba to Crocodile Rocks - 18km

Safety briefing/check-in before heading to the start point. Paddle until lunchtime and siesta during the heat of the day. Carry on canoeing until 5pm when you reach the island, set up camp and relax!

Day 2 - Twin Logs Island - 27 km

Tea and biscuits at sunrise, then onto the river, paddle until breakfast through the incredible Zambezi valley. Lunch stop, paddle on to Twin Logs island, home for the night.

Day 3 - Kakomarara - 28 km Day 3 - Kakomarara - 28 km

Days follow a similar theme. Excellent wildlife -
look out for elephant, impala, buffalo, crocodile and some amazing birdlife. Wild dog and lion are in the area but may be a little more illusive.

Day 4 - Lone Acacia Island - 27 km

Coffee at sunrise then it's all aboard the canoes to paddle to Lone Acacia Island, stopping for breakfast, lunch and siesta en route. Canoe until early evening and set up camp.

Day 5 - Trichelia Island - 23 km

Today canoe to Trichelia Island on the Zambezi River. Stop at midday for a well-earned lunch and siesta, until mid afternoon, paddle until 5pm, set up camp and watch the sun go down.

Day 6 - Mana Pools

An early start to arrive at Mana Pools at 10am. Canoes are loaded on to the vehicles, returning to Kariba by 3pm.

View full digital itinerary here
Useful info Tips and notesHow to get there

Tips and notes


  • Services of fully qualified canoe guide
  • use of all camping and canoe equipment
  • road transfers from and to Kariba Town
  • all meals, basic drinks (water, tea, coffee & imported wine with dinner).


  • National Parks fees
  • personal expenses
  • international flights

Please note :

The maximum luggage limit per client to take on the river is 10 kgs. A luggage room and safe facilities are provided for any extra luggage at the Kariba office.

The minimum lower age limit is 14.

Please keep luggage to a maximum of 10kgs per person.  Bags should be soft duffel type not a suitcase.

We recommend you pack the following for your canoeing safari:

  • Swimming/bathing costume
  • shorts and T-shirts
  • personal Toiletries
  • canvas shoes or rafting sandals
  • hat with a wide brim
  • jacket or sweater for the evenings
  • shirts (including a long sleeved one for sun protection)
  • a kikoi (or sarong) to cover your legs to protect them from the sun
  • torch or flashlight and extra batteries
  • camera, film and spare camera batteries
  • binoculars
  • sunscreen.

How to get there

Our Fisheagle Canoe adventure starts and ends in Kariba.

Best Locations

Mana Pools National Park Mana Pools National Park

Mana Pools National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve is best known for Zambezi canoeing and walking safaris

Read More