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 Zambezi
Classic Short 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 approximately 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 will be
provided and canoeing will commence at 12h30.
- Your group then paddles until
about 17h00 when you set up camp on an island, Kakomomarara, in the
middle of the river. There is time to bathe, relax and have dinner
after a brief safety talk for camping.
DAY TWO (27km)
- 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 15h00.
- Canoeing continues until about
17h00 when the second night stop is made at Lone Acacia island.
DAY THREE ( 23km)
- Your program is as per day
two, with the night stop being made at Trichelia Island.
DAY FOUR (16km)
- The group wakes at 05h30 for
tea, coffee and biscuits before paddling to Mana Pools Main Camp for
breakfast between 07h30 and 09h00 and fresh supplies will be
- Your group will paddle until
lunch between 12h00 and 15h00 with time for a siesta afterwards.
- Canoeing resumes until about
17h00 when the sixth night stop is made at Nyamatusi
DAY FIVE (20km)
- The group wakes up at 06h30
for tea, coffee and biscuits before paddling for about an hour to the
- After breakfast between 08h30
and 10h30 you paddle until 12h30 where a long lunch break is taken
- The group paddles to G Camp
Channels where the night stop is made.
DAY SIX (25km)
- The group wakes at 05h30 for
tea, coffee and biscuits. The group then paddles from 06h00 to 08h30
when a stop is made for breakfast.
- At approximately 10h00
paddling begins until around noon when the lunch spot is reached.
- After a siesta the group
begins paddling again (15h00) until the night spot is reached in the
DAY SEVEN (25km)
- The program is the same as day
eight with the night stop being made at Redcliffs.
DAY EIGHT (10km)
- Your group wakes up at 05h30
with tea, coffee and biscuits after which they paddle to Kanyemba.
- Breakfast finishes at 09h00
followed by packing up and the trip back to Kariba. Lunch is had en
route. Be prepared for a long, dusty and bumpy drive back to Kariba -
no pleasure without some pain;-).
- Approximate arrival time in
Kariba is 16h00. We recommend a night stop in one of the better hotels
in Kariba - we don't suggest an immediate continuation onto a local
safari or airlink to Harare or Victoria Falls after returning from
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
- 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.
- 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.