4 Nights / 5 Days Zambezi Canoe Safari Trail
£0 per person
This safari incorporates several activities along the Zambezi River as it passes through the flood plains of the Mana Pools region. The additional activities on this safari offer a wider variety of game-viewing options and a chance to meet and interact with the local community. This may include a visit to a local orphanage/school/village as well as game drives and walks. These canoeing safaris are self-contained in that all equipment/supplies are carried in the canoes for the duration of the canoeing trip. Guides prepare meals while the guests participate in erecting their tents, sorting out their bedding and helping with the general loading and off-loading of their canoes. The first two nights are spent wild camping on islands with the last two nights being spent in a pre-established fly camp on the banks of the river with walk-in tents, beds, and shared ablution amenities.
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 on a 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.
- 4 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 to be paid direct on arrival where applicable.
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 pre-cooked and deep-frozen prior to the safari, so it is important to have sufficient notice of what is required.
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 and toast with marmalade or jam. Tea and coffee is 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.