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Shearwater's Mupata Canoe Safari
Mana Pools to Chewore

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The Mupata Canoeing Safari
Lower Zambezi - Zimbabwe
Participatory Camping Safari


  • 4 days/3 nights
  • Departs - Thu/Fri/Sun (Apr - Nov)
  • This trip focuses on the Mana Pools shoreline, a pristine area of wildlife of all types. The trip takes out at Chewore - "the home of the Elephant".
  • Price: Low Season US$500 High Season US$600


Scroll down for full details on the Mupata Canoe Safari

Please be sure to read our general notes on the Full Participation Canoe Safaris

Contact Details
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

Speak to:
Trish or Nikki
Craig, John or Chris

Mana Pools canoeing - courtesy Graham Walker

Mana sunset - courtesy Jeremy Woodhouse

Zambezi hippo - courtesy Jeremy Woodhouse

A typical routine on the Mupata 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 (5km)

  • 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 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 Mana Pools Main Camp, arriving at approximately 12h30. 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.
  • At between 14h00 and 15h00 your group will have a picnic lunch and then begin paddling.
  • Your group paddles through an intricate network of channels until about 17h00 when you set up camp on an island in the middle of the river. There is time to bath with the use of a bucket, relax and have dinner after a brief safety talk on camping.

DAY TWO (25km)

  • Your group will be woken at 05h30 for tea, coffee and biscuits before paddling from 06h00 to 08h00 when there will be a stop for breakfast
  • At approximately 09h30, the group will resume their canoeing until the lunch stop at 12h30 and siesta until about 15h00.
  • Canoeing continues until about 17h00 when the second night stop is made at G Camp Channels.

DAY THREE ( 20km)

  • The group wakes up at 05h30 for tea, coffee and biscuits before paddling commences.
  • After breakfast which is between 08h30 and 10h30 you paddle until 12h30 when a long lunch break and siesta is taken until 15h00, after which paddling will resume.
  • The group paddles to Chewore High Sand Bank where the night stop is made.

DAY FOUR (1km)

  • The group wakes at 06h30 for tea, coffee and biscuits before breaking up the camp before breakfast.
  • At approximately 09h00 the group begins paddling to the take out point where canoes are loaded onto the vehicle.
  • Your group is driven back to Kariba, lunch is had en route, and approximate arrival time in Kariba is 15h00. As the Chewore return is quite late in the afternoon we recommend an overnight stay at one of the better hotels in Kariba - the return is in time for clients to move onto the next safari activity if the Mopane Canoe Safari is included in one of our combination safaris.

What to bring on your canoe safari

  1. Please keep your luggage to a maximum of 10kg per person, packed in a soft bag, not a suitcase.
  2. 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 sandals
    • A hat with a wide brim
    • A jacket or cardigan for the evenings
    • A kikoi or length of cloth to cover your legs to protect them from the sun
    • Personal toiletries and towel
    • A torch/flashlight and extra batteries. Film and spare camera batteries. Binoculars
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect repellant
    • Socks for winter nights
    • Warm clothes to sleep in for winter nights
  3. 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.
  4. 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 arriving home.
  5. 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.
  6. Go to the Information Desk for additional general information or our guidelines for planning a safari.

Please feel free to contact us for any clarification or additional info.

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