Mana Pools Canoe and Walking Trail

4 days/3 nights
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This thrilling safari provides incredibly close encounters with wildlife either from your canoe or on foot in Zimbabwe’s stunning Mana Pools National Park.

For those looking for a little adventure, this is possibly the best safari in all of Africa! This thrilling experience provides incredibly close encounters with animals and birds either from the canoe or on foot. Each trip is led by an armed professional guide who is licensed to take guests both canoeing on the river and walking in the national park. Accommodation is in fully serviced, comfortable camps on the banks of the Zambezi with bedding, hot bucket showers, meals and waiter service.

The canoe trails traverse the entire length of the enchanting Mana Pools National Park. Canoeing is in comfortable, stable Canadian canoes, travelling at a leisurely pace. The combination of walking and canoeing allows maximum flexibility, and provides the best opportunity to experience all that Mana Pools has to offer.

  • Get amazingly close to iconic African wildlife such as elephant and hippo
  • Paddle at a relaxed pace along the mighty Zambezi River
  • Explore magnificent landscapes in beautiful Mana Pools National Park on foot
  • Enjoy fully serviced camping on the shore with hot bucket showers
  • Traverse the entire length of the reserve with the flexibility to canoe or walk throughout your safari

Sample Itinerary

Mana Pools Canoe and Walking Trails

4 days/3 nights

Day 1

Mana Pools National Park

Arrive in Mana Pools no later than 11:30AM, where you are driven through the game-rich floodplain to reach your first night’s campsite. Enjoy a light lunch and a safety briefing before launching your canoe near the confluence of the Ruckmechi and Zambezi rivers. Hippo, buffalo, elephant, crocodile and an array of antelope species are often seen on the banks. Return to camp around sunset, where sundowner drinks and a three-course dinner by a campfire awaits. LD

Days 2/3


Start the day early, on the water by sunrise. Drift along, enjoying the scenery and possible predator action, before disembarking for breakfast and a walk through riverine woodland. Learn how to identify an animal by its spoor or a bird by its call as you traverse the landscape on foot. After a well-earned lunch break and siesta, drift downriver to your second campsite, which overlooks a large grassy plain and the Zambezi River. Day 3 follows a similar itinerary, but in a much more remote area, far from roads. There is an opportunity to walk across a wild island before paddling to a third campsite. BLD

Day 4

Tour ends Mana Pools

Enjoy a final walk before breakfast, or simply sleep in. A game drive takes you back to the airstrip or the Nyamepi main camp where you say goodbye to your hosts. B

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Zimbabwe Overview

What is the best thing to do in Zimbabwe?
Zimbabwe offers plenty of fabulous safari experiences and the two major national parks – Hwange and Mana Pools – are top of the list when visiting the country. For the more adventurous, Zimbabwe is one of the best countries across Africa for walking and canoeing safaris, whilst the magnificent Victoria Falls is a must-visit.

What is the climate like in Zimbabwe?
Overall the country has a pleasant climate but temperatures vary with elevation. The highveld has a moderate climate (up to 29°C in summer) though hotter in the Zambezi Valley and around the Victoria Falls where temperatures can reach 40°C. The dry season is from May-October when almost no rain falls and the days are warm and sunny. Nights can be very cold with sub-zero temperatures from June-August. October is the hottest month with days in the mid to high 30°s. Rain falls regularly in the summer (November-March/April) turning the bush lush and green.

How do I get to Zimbabwe?
The easiest way into the country is from the South African hub of Johannesburg. Multiple major airlines fly into the city including British Airways, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Delta Airlines, Qantas, and of course South African Airways. From Johannesburg there are regular flights to Victoria Falls, the start and end point for many safaris. Alternatively, for an Edwardian-style, luxury rail experience, journey by Rovos Rail from Pretoria in South Africa to Victoria Falls.

What can I combine Zimbabwe with?
Zimbabwe is easily combinable with neighbouring countries including Botswana, Zambia and South Africa – all of which provide a different safari experience. Another popular combination with a Zimbabwean safari is a visit to Uganda or Rwanda to see the mountain gorillas.

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