Zambezi Canoeing Safari

From 3 days/2 nights
ex Kariba

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Experience the excitement of canoeing down Zimbabwe’s mighty Zambezi River encountering magnificent wildlife set against a backdrop of stunning landscapes.

Experience the adventure of canoeing down the mighty Zambezi River through some of Africa’s most beautiful wilderness encountering magnificent wildlife. These canoe trails are operated by Natureways in the manner of early explorers, where everything is carried in the canoes. Imagine the thrill as your canoe passes close to a herd of elephants drinking in the river, or a pod of hippo wallowing in the shallows. No method of travel could bring you closer to the beauty and remoteness of the African bush.

Accommodation is in two-man dome tents on the shore. Canoe trails are semi-participatory, with each trip accompanied by 2 qualified canoe guides who will take care of all of the cooking, washing and other camp chores. Travellers are free to help out if they wish. Canoe trips range from 2 nights to 7 nights, covering a distance of approx 22 km daily. No prior canoeing experience is necessary, but you must be able to swim.

  • Experience the unique thrill of canoeing down the mighty Zambezi River
  • Glide quietly past herds of bathing elephants or grunting pods of hippo
  • Fall asleep at night in a comfortable dome tent to the sounds of the African bush
  • Have all camp chores taken care off by a team of staff
  • Get closer to wild animals and birds than you ever thought possible

Light aircraft flights are available from Victoria Falls to Lake Kariba then road transfers from Kariba to the Zambezi River

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Zambezi Canoeing Safari

Sample Itinerary

From 3 days/2 nights

Day 1


Early morning pick up and briefing, before walking down a steep gorge to the river, where canoes and camping equipment await. After a safety demonstration, paddle to a shady picnic spot where lunch is served. There’s time for a siesta before continuing to your campsite, on an island named Crocodile Rocks. Enjoy a well-deserved hot bucket shower and dinner tonight. LD

Day 2

Zambezi River Canoeing

Awaken at sunrise for tea or coffee and biscuits, before another few hours of canoeing. After a leisurely breakfast, set off for more incredible Zambezi Valley scenery and wildlife spotting. Following lunch, head to Twin Logs Island, the location of your second campsite. BLD

Day 3

Tour ends Kariba/airport

Up again at daybreak, making good time on the river to your pick-up point at Chirundu. A driver will return you to Kariba or the airport by mid-afternoon. 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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