3 Nights / 4 Days Zambezi Island Canoe Trail
£0 per person
This popular canoeing safari is spent camping on selected islands along the Lower Zambezi River as it makes its way through the flood plains of the Mana-pools region. This unique river experience encompasses much of what the best of the Zambezi River has to offer.
These canoeing safaris are self-contained with all the safari equipment being carried in the canoes for the duration of the trip. Guides prepare meals while the guests participate in erecting their tents, sorting out their bedding and general loading and off-loading of their canoes.
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.
What to Bring on a Safari
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 bag for personal items if available.
- 3 nights’ accommodation.
- Canoeing safari activities.
- Traditional Village Visit.
- All meals.
- Treated water.
- 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.
Three meals a day, cordial soft drinks and treated water are supplied on every safari. However, those wishing to bring their own bottled water may do so. Cooler boxes are provided for clients wishing 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 a prior warning of at least 2 weeks is needed to cater for special diets or allergies to certain ingredients etc. The main dinners are in most cases pre-cooked and deep-frozen prior to the safari, so it is important to have sufficient notice of what is required.
These 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, tomatoes and toast with marmalade or jam. Tea and coffee are served before starting off again.
An assortment of cold meats, green salads, rolls and cheeses are served, along with a variety of sauces and pickled vegetables to complete the meal.
Assortments of 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. Cordials / H20 are always available throughout the day.