Legends Safari and Travel (PVT) Ltd.
Suite 3, The Heights Centre
PO Box 158, Kariba, Zimbabwe
Tel: +263 61 2532
Mobile: +263 11 603388
Fax: +263 61 2291
Trish or Nikki
Craig, John or Chris
A typical routine on the
Bea-Eater Canoe Safari
Your briefing will be held at
Kariba Breezes Hotel at 18h15 at the lower pool terrace on the evening
before your trip departs. After the briefing you will be asked to sign an
indemnity form. Shearwater will collect you for the briefing and return
you to your hotel afterwards.
For clients on combination safaris where the Matusadona
walking safari is done first, the night at a hotel in Kariba is omitted
and there is no pre-departure briefing - we arrange the early morning
transfer into Kariba so as to allow one more night in the bush.
Please note that you will be
required to pay Z$75 to National Parks on the day of departure - this is
not included in the safari rate and is subject to change without notice.
DAY ONE (18km)
- Shearwater will collect you
from your hotel the morning of your safari in time for a check in at
the Shearwater Office at 08h00 to hand in extra luggage and valuables.
Please do not take your passport on the river with you!
- Your safari will depart from
Kariba Breezes at 08h30.
- Your group will be transferred
by open Land Cruiser to Chirundu, arriving at approximately 11h30. The
canoes and kit will be unloaded.
- A safety talk and a
demonstration of how to paddle a canoe will be given to your group.
- A packed lunch is provided.
- At around 12h00, paddling will
- Your group then paddles until
about 17h00 when you set up camp on an island named Kakomomarara, in
the middle of the river There is time to bathe with the use of a
bucket, relax and have dinner after a brief safety talk on camping.
DAY TWO ( 27km)
- Your group will be woken at
05h30 for tea, coffee and biscuits before paddling from 06h00 to 08h00
when you will make a stop for breakfast.
- At approximately 09h30, the
group will resume their canoeing until you reach the lunch stop at
12h30. After lunch there is a siesta until 15h00.
- Canoeing continues until about
17h00 when the second night stop is made at Lone Acacia island.
DAY THREE (10km)
- After rising at 06.00 to have
tea, coffee and breakfast paddling commences.
- The group paddles to Vundu
Camp where they will be met by a vehicle from Ruckomechi
which will transfer them into camp in time for lunch.
- Ruckomechi is one of the
luxury bushcamps and lodges on the Legends of Africa safari circuit -
four times winner of the coveted "Best Safari Camp" award.
- Clients overnight at
Ruckomechi and participate in activities on offer as part of the
- The group follows the daily
routine in Ruckomechi camp.
- Overnight at Ruckomechi.
- The transfer back to Kariba
takes place mid-morning, the drive is approximately 4 hours back to
Kariba and includes the Mana floodplain route.
- An additional night at
Ruckomechi is highly recommended as an extension to the Bea-Eater
What to bring on your canoe
- Please keep your luggage to a
maximum of 10kg per person, packed in a soft bag, not a suitcase.
- We recommend you pack the
following for your safari:
- Swimming Costume Shorts
Shirts (including one with long sleeves for sun protection)
- Canvas shoes or rafting
- A hat with a wide brim
- A jacket or cardigan for
- A kikoi or length of cloth
to cover your legs to protect them from the sun
- Personal toiletries and
- A torch/flashlight and
extra batteries. Film and spare camera batteries. Binoculars
- Insect repellant
- Socks for winter nights
- Warm clothes to sleep in
for winter nights
- During the Canoe Safari
Shearwater provides all camping equipment and food as well as
cordials, and wine for dinner. Should you wish to take any hard
liquor, beer or carbonated drinks, we will take you to a shop in
Kariba to purchase these before the trip departs. Dome tents are
available on request. The Ruckomechi portion of this safari on the 3rd
and 4th nights is all inclusive.
- Please ensure that you have
begun a course of anti malaria tablets before your arrival in Zimbabwe
and that you continue with the medication for four weeks after
- Please ensure that you advise
us of any dietary preferences or requirements at least a week before
your trip departs. Please ensure you advise us of any medical
disorders which may require special attention.
- Go to the Information Desk for additional general
information or our guidelines for planning a
Please feel free to contact us for any
clarification or additional info.