5 Nights/6 Days Great Zambezi Canoeing Safari
On arrival at Lusaka Airport, you will be met and welcomed by our repetitive Guide from Absolute Zambia Safaris who will transfer you from the airport to Zambezi Breeze where your wonderful canoeing safari will start.
During the hot summer months, early morning departures are encouraged to make the most of the cooler time and also to cover a reasonable distance before the wind may pick up. Deep shade is sought in the hottest part of the day for lunch breaks and rest.
Canoeing continues to overnight stops as it becomes cooler again in the late afternoons. Four-wheel drive vehicles with trailer canoes and equipment are used for the return transfer to Lusaka at the end of the safari.
- Walking Safari - On request
- This trip passes through both the entire Zambian Lower Zambezi National Park on the left and the full length of the Mana pools National Park on the right ending at the Luangwa / Zambezi confluence.
- On this safari clients can explore the numerous back channels of the Zambezi along with spectacular basalt rock formations of the Mupata Gorge as the river winds its way towards the Indian Ocean
- Experience nature in Great Rift Valley
- Visit False Mupata Gorge and Mupata Gorge
- See the awesome mana pools
- Canoe through stunning river canals
- Visit Chikwenya Island
- Explore Lower Zambezi Park
- Canoe to Mtondo Island
- Breathtaking sunrises and sunsets
- Scheduling: Shared Tour
- Languages offered on the Activity / Tour: English
- Duration: 6 days
- Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Children 9-11 years old need to be accompanied by an adult
- Minimum of 2 adults per booking
- Live GuideEnglish
- Pick-up servicePick up from Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (Lusaka Airport) to Zambezi Breezes Lodge in Chirundu
- Easy Cancellation100% Cancellation fee for customers to cancel 30 days prior to the tour and 50% cancellation fee 31-45 days prior to the tour.
- Transfer from Luangwa Bridge on your final day of your safari to Lusaka Airport for yours on wards arrangement
- All meals
- Walking safari on request
- Canoeing safari activities
- 5 nights accommodation
- Transfer from Lusaka Airport to Zambezi Breeze in the Lower Zambezi
- Cool boxes on request
- Anything Not mentioned
- Park entry fees of $150 per person for the whole trip
- Insurance Cover (We recommend you arrange insurance before leaving your home country)
Meet at Zambezi Breezes Lodge in Chirundu at approx 10.00 am for 2-hour road transfer downstream to the launch site. After a briefing and lunch on the banks of the river we start our afternoon canoeing to Mtondo Island for our first night of camping, arriving at around 17.00. Canoeing on this day is kept to mainstream and is easy going with a strong current. We then set camp followed by tea/coffee, snacks and later dinner before retiring for the night.
Canoeing starts early after morning tea/coffee and biscuits at 06.30 am. We will then depart from Mtondo Island for a downstream breakfast stop approximately 2 hrs after canoeing. Continue through into the Lower Zambezi National Park for lunch between 1230hrs to 1400hrs out of the midday sun. We then canoe through to our 2nd nights camp on or around Chikwenya island weather permitting. This day we cover a good 25km of river through both Mana Pools and the Lower Zambezi National Park.
As above in daily routine: On this day we canoe through offshoot river channels where birdlife and game abounds. Guides will stop at points of interest to observe wildlife from time to time. Some parts of the river at this point exceed 3km in width with a maze of channels to explore. Again both sides of the river at this point are flanked by superb national Parks where one is likely to see the highest concentration of game on the river. Tonight we set camp at G. Camp channels in a densely populated game area.
Today we exit Mana Pools and enter safari area on the south bank while continuing through the Lower Zambezi National Park to the north. The river begins to narrow down and the current becomes stronger as the river progresses into what is known as the False Mupata Gorge. From this point, the safari is confined to the main stream for approx 30km as we pass through this scenic gorge with steep rock formations and cliff edges. Camp on this night is selected from one of many pristine sandy beaches on the mainland within the confines of the gorge.
This day is spent canoeing through the rest of the Mupata Gorge observing the 300 million-year-old volcanic rock formations that form part of the Great Rift Valley. Around Mid day the canoes exit the gorge and the guide proceeds through to Red cliffs for lunch and a break from the mid day heat before continuing on to the nights Island camp site. However, depending on connecting flights the following day the guide may consult with the team as to a more suitable camping site closer to the endpoint. However, we do recommend that connecting flights are caught the day after the safari ends so as not to rush the end of this trip.
Depending on the selection of campsite there is an early rise tea/coffee breakfast before the remaining paddle through to the end of the canoeing safari. The take-out point is reached at approximately 0900hrs for the return transfer to Lusaka. This drive is in an open-backed Land Cruiser with a shaded canopy. Alternatively, and depending on the group’s requirements and wishes, clients may continue to paddle on Day 5 through to the Feira take out point. This means the transfer will be able to leave earlier for the return 5 hour trip to Lusaka, but it means there will be no canoeing on the last day. Lunch is had on the way back on the roadside under a tree. Meals Three meals a day, cordial soft drinks and safe, treated water is supplied on every safari. However, those wishing to bring their own bottled water may do so. Cool boxes are provided should clients wish to bring their own selection of beverages for the duration of the safari.
- Warm clothes to sleep in for winter nights/light waterproof clothing for wet season
- Camera and accessories. Recharging facilites at River Horse
- Torch or flashlight and extra batteries
- A kikoi (or sarong) to cover your legs to protect them from the sun
- Shirts (including a long sleeved one for sun protection)
- Jacket or sweater for the evenings
- Hat with a wide brim
- Canvas shoes or rafting sandals, a comfortable pair of hiking shoes where walks are involved
- As a guide line on what to bring on your safari, clients are asked to keep luggage to minimum of +/- 7kgs. Excess baggage may be kept for safe keeping at our office for collection at the end of the safari
- Remember a swimming costume for the summer months
- You should bring your own binoculars and sunglasses
- Bring a personal drinking flask for your canoe along with dry bags for personal items