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Safari Par Excellence
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The Island Canoe Trail
Kafue to Chongwe

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Safari Par Excellence offers a participatory canoe safari along the Zambezi river between the Kafue and Chongwe Rivers (Chirundu to Mana Pools) on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River.


Kafue to Chongwe River (Chirundu to Mana)

3 nights / 4 days

DEPARTURES: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday - year round


Safari Par Excellence will collect clients from the Cutty Sark Hotel at 10h00 or from any other hotel in Kariba between 09h30 and 10h00. Safari Par Excellence suggests clients overnight in Kariba prior to their canoe safari in order to attend the pre-departure meeting at the Cutty Sark Hotel at 19h00. Zambian clients requiring transfers to the start of the canoe safari are subject to quotation and on request. On the last day of the safari, guests will be returned to Kariba / Lusaka at approximately 15h30.


Minimum: 2 Pax

Maximum: 16 pax per trip. (Larger groups and tailor-made canoe packages on request).


Minimum age is 15 years. There is no maximum age, however clients must be reasonably healthy and fit.


No previous canoeing experience is necessary. The first day on the River is used to familiarise clients with the stability and art of steering the canoe. The canoe safari is generally relaxing and gentle and no physical exertion is required. Heavy head winds can occur which make paddling more difficult. Winds are normally experienced in August.


18 foot Canadian canoes are used with cushions, paddles and life jackets supplied. All camping and cooking equipment is supplied. Two-man bow tents, sleeping mats, sleeping bags and liners. Each professional guide carries a comprehensive medical aid box. Washing and cleaning are done in the River. For groups over 10 pax a third seat may be added to each canoe.


All meals are supplied. No alcohol or carbonated drinks are supplied, only cordial soft drinks. Beer and other drinks can be purchased by clients in Kariba prior to departure. Cooler boxes and ice are provided. Drinking water is taken in containers on the canoes.


After clients have been collected (in Kariba), they will then be driven across Kariba Dam Wall, clear customs and immigration and be transferred to the Kafue River where they will begin canoeing. This transfer takes approximately two hours.

The safari is designed for the camping enthusiast and all sleeping, camping and cooking equipment is carried in the canoes. Overnight stops are enjoyed on selected islands approximately 25kms apart in the Zambezi River. Each safari is accompanied by a fully qualified river guide and participation by clients is encouraged.

NB: On the last day of the safari clients will be transferred by vehicle or boat to the Kafue River for a vehicle transfer back to Kariba. There is NO canoeing on the last day.


Clients are asked to please keep their luggage down to a minimum - +- 10 kg. Excess baggage and valuables can be kept safely at our office in Kariba or Lusaka and collected on your return.


All canoe safari guides carry VHF hand held radios. Each camp has an HF and VHF base set which allows us to communicate between our base camps, various offices in Lusaka, Kariba, Harare, National Parks and MARS.


The Island Trail operates all year round.

UK Head Office
Ermington Mill, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 9NT
Tel: +44 1548 830059 Fax: +44 870 094 1881
Mobile: +44 7900 582746

African Head Office
The Heights, Kariba, Zimbabwe
Tel: +263 61 3351  Fax: +263 61 2291
Cell: +263 91 343616 

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