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    2 Nights / 3 Days Zambezi Short Canoe Trail

    2 Nights / 3 Days Zambezi Short Canoe Trail

    £0 per person

    This short canoeing safari is ideally suited to those wishing to get a feel of the area but doesn’t have the time to cover the longer stretches of the river. Hippopotamus, elephants, buffalo, crocodiles, various plains game and an array of birdlife can be seen on these safaris. This canoeing trip is totally self-contained with all equipment and supplies carried in the canoes for the duration of the trip. Guides prepare meals while guests participate in erecting their tents, sorting out their bedding and helping with the general loading and unloading of their canoes.

    Daily Routine
    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 stop as it becomes cooler again in the late afternoons.

    What to Bring
    As a guideline on what to bring on your safari, clients are asked to keep luggage to a minimum of +/- 7kgs. Excess baggage may be kept for safekeeping at our office for collection at the end of the safari.

    • Neutral coloured shorts and T-shirts, swimming costume for summer months.
    • Personal Toiletries and a small towel.
    • Canvas shoes or rafting sandals, a comfortable pair of hiking shoes where walks are involved.
    • Hat with a wide brim.
    • Jacket or sweater for the evenings.
    • Shirts (including a long-sleeved one for sun protection).
    • A kikoi (or sarong) to help protect your legs from the sun.
    • Torch or flashlight and extra batteries.
    • Camera and accessories. Recharging facilities at River Horse.
    • Binoculars, sunglasses.
    • Sunscreen, Insect repellent.
    • Warm clothes to sleep in for winter nights/light waterproof clothing for the wet season.
    • Personnel drinking flask for your canoe along with a dry bags for personal items if available


    • 2 nights’ accommodation.
    • Canoeing safari activities.
    • Traditional Village Visit.
    • All meals.
    • Beverages.
    • Treated water.
    • Equipment.
    • Qualified guides.
    • Transfers to and from the immediate safari area.
    • Return Airport Lusaka Transfers (to and from Lusaka)


    • National Park entry fees are to be paid directly on arrival where applicable!

    Meals included
    Three meals a day, with cordials and safe, treated water is supplied on every safari. However, those wishing to bring their own bottled water may do so. Cooler boxes are provided should clients wish to bring their own selection of beverages for the duration of the safari.

    Daily Meal Plan
    Unless notified, meals will follow the program below. Please note that we require a prior warning of at least 2 weeks to cater for special diets or allergies to certain ingredients etc. The main dinners are in most cases part pre-cooked and deep-frozen prior to the safari, so it is important to have sufficient notice of what is required.

    Early mornings
    Start with tea/coffee biscuits before setting off downstream after packing up canoes and clearing camp.

    Generally, after several hours of canoeing, the trip will stop for everyone to stretch their legs while the guide prepares an English breakfast of tinned fruit; eggs, bacon, sausages, fried tomatoes, toast with marmalade or jam; tea and coffee.

    An assortment of cold meats, green salads, rolls and cheeses are served, along with a variety of sauces and pickled onions or gherkins to complete the meal.

    Assortments of crisps or popcorn for snacks are served followed by a full dinner consisting of beef, chicken or mutton as main course options with two green vegetables and a carbohydrate of potatoes, rice or pasta.

    • Destination
    • Included
      Personal Guide
    Day 1: Depart from the Chirundu Launch Site at Zambezi Breezes
    Unless otherwise arranged, trips depart from the Chirundu launch site at Zambezi Breezes at 1030hrs on the morning of departure, after clients have been briefed by their guide. After an hour of canoeing, there is a riverbank stop for lunch before paddling on to the first evening’s island Campsite. This is a total canoeing distance of approximately 15km, mainly through the network of channels visible on the above Google earth map. ETA at Kakomalala Island is around 1700hrs and Camp is then set up.
    Day 2: Full Day of Canoeing
    The full day of canoeing, approx. 25km. Approx. 0630hrs tea/coffee and biscuits then depart 0730hrs downstream. Breakfast approx. 0830hrs – 0900hrs. Lunch approx. 1230hrs – 1430hrs in shade out of mid-day sun. Proceed to the 2nd Island camp - Magurumeno Islands or beyond.
    Day 3: Canoeing & Traditional Village
    Canoeing is the same as Day 2 exiting the river by approx. 1200hrs followed by lunch en route. On the return journey, a visit to a traditional village is made before crossing the Kafue River pontoon by barge before reaching the Zambezi Breezes Camp.

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