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Zimbabwe Canoeing Safari

Tour Highlights:

Glide down Zambezi, camping along the way
Zimbabwe safari walks, riverbank camps, and wildlife wonders
Chobe Park, breathtaking falls, and unforgettable activities

Zimbabwe Canoeing Safari

Journey Overview

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure with our exhilarating twelve-night Zimbabwe Canoeing Safari, a journey that immerses you in the heart of southern Africa's wilderness. Your expedition begins in the vibrant city of Johannesburg before whisking you away to Harare, Zimbabwe, the gateway to your extraordinary safari experience. From there, a brief flight transports you to Mana Pools, a pristine national park nestled on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, where the magic truly begins.

Spend three unforgettable nights canoeing down the legendary Zambezi River, navigating its gentle currents and marveling at the diverse wildlife that call its banks home. Each night, retire to specially set-up tented camps along the river, where the sounds of the African wilderness serenade you to sleep.

After your canoeing safari expedition, continue your exploration within Mana Pools, staying at a permanent camp nestled along the riverbank for another three nights. Here, you'll have the opportunity to embark on guided walks and thrilling vehicle safaris, led by knowledgeable rangers who will unveil the secrets of this pristine wilderness.

The second week of your adventure commences with a charter flight to Victoria Falls, where the majestic Chobe National Park awaits your discovery. Spend three nights immersing yourself in the untamed beauty of Botswana's renowned riverine national park before crossing back into Zimbabwe for a three-night stay at the awe-inspiring Natural Wonder of the World, Victoria Falls.

Filled with thrilling activities and unforgettable moments, your sustainable safari concludes as you bid farewell to Victoria Falls and fly home via Johannesburg, cherishing the memories of an expedition that will stay with you for a lifetime.

 

Explore the Wonders of a Canoeing Safari in Zimbabwe

days 1 - 3

Rapid Rivers: Zimbabwe Canoeing Extravaganza

  • Your Accommodation

    Welcome to Zimbabwe! Your flight will arrive in Harare today, from where you'll take a small charter aircraft to the beginning of your canoeing safari, known as Vundu Camp. The first night will be just to arrive, settle in and prepare for the canoeing.

    On Day 2, you'll launch your canoe early in the morning. The safari takes place over three days, travelling downstream, staying at different camps each night and through the Mana Pools National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has over 2,500km² of untouched nature to explore. It's home to over 100 iconic African mammals, particularly hippos and more than 450 bird species. The river itself is home to 75 species of fish, including the famous tiger fish and enormous vundu and several types of crocodile.

    You'll be canoeing for approximately 15km a day, stopping at specially erected canvas camping sites all the way along. Fear not: this is not basic camping! Each tent is a large walk-in unit with beds and furniture and each has its own en-suite sink and shower facilities and a long-drop toilet is dug for each camp. Each site is designed in such a way that there is no evidence of it ever having existed once it's taken down. The camps are fully equipped with a kitchen accompanied with an experienced bush cook, bar facilities and dining area as well as waiter service.

    Your home away from home:

  • Your Travel Time

    You'll be canoeing for approximately 15km a day.

  • Your Activities
  • Your Food

    Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

days 4 - 6

Untamed Elegance: Camp Safari Sojourn

  • Your Accommodation

    You'll come on shore for the next part of your exploration of Mana Pools, now staying at the luxurious tented lodge of Nyamatusi Camp (DLB&B). The camp's name, lightly translated, means ‘wild game’. You'll spend your time here exploring the wilderness in the most unintrusive way possible: by walking. At times, you'll follow elephant tracks that criss-cross the floodplain and at other times walk off the tracks to follow other animals.

    There are only six tented suites at Naymatusi so this is an intimate experience with a high staff to guest ratio. There's a swimming pool, bar, wine cellar and even a pizza oven. Each suite has its own plunge pool for cooling off in as well as a private deck for watching the wilderness unfold throughout the day.

    Your home away from home:

    Nyamatusi Camp
    africanbushcamps.com/camps/nyamatusi-camp
    Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
    Tel 021 201 6787

  • Your Travel Time

  • Your Activities

    The camp is entirely solar powered and built as far as possible from locally available and natural materials. You can enjoy some 'catch and release' fishing, specialised birding safaris or just watch the river and its residents ebb and flow around you.

  • Your Food

    Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

days 7 - 9

Sustainable Safari: Wilderness Escape

  • Your Accommodation

    After a final early morning walk into the wilds from Nyamatusi, you'll take a charter flight from the Mana Pools airstrip direct to Victoria Falls International. From here, you'll be met from the plane and taken by road across the border at Kasane into Botswana. After roughly three hours' drive through Chobe National Park, you'll come across your home for the next three nights, Ghoha Hills Nogatsaa Pans (DLB&B).

    Your home away from home:

    Ghoha Hills Nogatsaa Pans
    ghohahills.com/nogatsaa-pans
    Nogatsaa, Botswana
    Tel 063 613 9144

  • Your Travel Time

  • Your Activities

    This ultra-ethical and sustainable lodge offers a lot more than just game viewing: there's visits to San rock art paintings (many millennia old), a spa, and excursions to the baobab theatre, a particularly special collection of these magnificent 'upside-down' trees.

    Whilst here, you'll go on drives into the park which will include some of the most spectacular game viewing on the continent: the country of Botswana is nearly 80% desert (the Kalahari) and while many of the larger animals are specifically adapted to this harsh environment, during the dry season, the most plentiful water available is along the Zambezi corridor. This means that everyone comes here for a drink (and might find themselves dinner or find themselves made into dinner in the process).

  • Your Food

    Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

days 10 - 13

Falls Essence: Victoria Falls River Lodge Escape

  • Your Accommodation

    After a final game drive from your camp this morning, you'll take a charter flight from the Mana Pools airstrip direct to Victoria Falls International. You'll be met here by a transfer and taken to your lodging for the next three nights, Victoria Falls River Lodge (DB&B) where you'll be staying in a Starbed Treehouse Suite. Situated on a separate island in the middle of the Zambezi, the double-storey Starbed Treehouses have a spacious sitting area, en-suite bathroom with twin vanities, twin rain-showers and a private rooftop sitting area, with a starbed that's open to the African sky.

    Your home away from home:

    Victoria Falls River Lodge
    victoriafallsriverlodge.com
    Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
    Tel +263 77 465 9532

  • Your Travel Time

  • Your Activities

    During your time at Victoria Falls, you'll start with a guided walk through the rainforest that surrounds the falls, then go on a helicopter flight over the falls themselves, take a guided walk underneath the famous steel railway bridge over the gorge, enjoy a high tea in colonial-era splendour at the Victoria Falls Hotel, rope swing across the Batoka Gorge and end the stay with a dinner cruise as the sun sets over the Zambezi.

    On day 13, as the saying goes...all good things must come to an end and so here is the last day of your safari. You'll be collected from Victoria Falls River Lodge and will then fly from from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg, where you'll meet your flight home.

    Safe travels!

     

  • Your Food

    Meal Inclusions: Dinner & Breakfast

YOUR JOURNEY ENDS HERE

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