4 Days Zimbabwe Canoe Safari

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4 Days Zimbabwe Canoe Safari Overview

This 4 Days Zimbabwe Canoe Safari features a luxurious mobile camp that allows you to leave camp with the sunrise and leisurely canoe your way to the next camp before evening. As you float into the next camp with the sunset you will find an ice-cold drink, hot shower and dinner being prepared for you. This 4 Days Zimbabwe Canoe Safari follows the Zambezi River through the Mana Pools. Canoeing offers guests a unique way of game viewing. You can glide up to elephants crossing the Zambezi and watch game coming down to the river to drink.
4 Days Zimbabwe Canoe Safari

Day 1: Kariba – Mana Pools

After being collected by your guide, guests will be driven 30km on a leisurely game drive through the spectacular Mana Pools floodplain to the first night’s campsite. This area has one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Zimbabwe and the drive is usually very rewarding. Upon arrival at the Vundu Camp, you will be met by the welcoming smiles of our support staff and eat lunch. This meal usually consists of cold meats, a variety of salads and freshly baked breads.

The group then departs downstream by canoe. This first afternoon of paddling is taken at a slow pace, allowing you time to become acquainted with the canoes and their steering methods. Hippo, buffalo, elephant and crocodile, as well as a variety of antelope species, may be seen. You will return to the camp at sunset. The camp will be fully prepared and you will be able to sit back and relax with sundowners and snacks. Tents are 4x3m in size with en suite washing stations.

Main Destination: Mana Pools National Park
Accommodation: Mid-range camping
Inside Mana Pools NP
Meals & Drinks: Lunch & dinner (Breakfast not included)
4 Days Zimbabwe Canoe Safari

Day 2: Mana Pools National Park

An early-wake up beckons you as the dawn breaks. Hot water for freshening up will be placed in raised basins outside each tent, while tea, freshly brewed coffee, muffins or home-made biscuits wait by the campfire. Guests need only worry about a small daypack carrying essentials such as sun block, a camera, spare batteries, a hat and binoculars. The aim is to be in the canoes and on the water in time to watch the sunrise.

After breakfast, guests will have the opportunity to set off on a walk along the floodplain and surrounding woodlands. This is a great time to try and view predators before they hide for the day. Guests will then return to the canoes and head downstream to an area renowned for its huge, old elephant bulls. This night’s camp, Chessa, overlooks a small channel with a large grass plain separating it from the main Zambezi (which is 500 meters away). The nearby plain frequently hosts buffalo, waterbuck, elephant and hippo in the evenings.

Main Destination: Mana Pools National Park
Accommodation: Mid-range camping
Inside Mana Pools NP
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
4 Days Zimbabwe Canoe Safari

Day 3: Mana Pools National Park

Today follows the same basic itinerary as day two, with a predawn wake up and sunrise greeting you as you drift down the Zambezi. This is the day that guests will enter the wilderness area of Mana Pools National Park, where there is limited access to people and vehicles.

From here on, you are entering a much more remote environment. Breakfast may be taken on the Mbera River floodplain, which is comprised of stunning acacia woodland and large patches of thick “adrenaline” grass—a habitat much favoured by all the predators. Towards the end of the dry season, it also hosts large groups of female elephants with their babies.

The day will be spent paddling through a maze of small channels before you once again join the Zambezi. This afternoon is your last chance for canoeing. Depending on the water levels and the available time, there may be an opportunity to explore Chikwenya Island on foot. In the afternoon, you will paddle into the Illala Camp.

Main Destination: Mana Pools National Park
Accommodation: Mid-range camping
Inside Mana Pools NP
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
4 Days Zimbabwe Canoe Safari

Day 4: Mana Pools – Kariba

Depending on your departure time, or if you are moving on to an alternative camp, an early morning walk before breakfast (or well-deserved sleep in) is possible! You will then go on a short game drive to the airstrip or Nyamepi main camp, where we will bid you farewell! As you depart with your memories, we will take comfort knowing this experience will have enriched your life and touched your soul!

Main Destination: Kariba (Lake Kariba)
Accommodation: No accommodation

End of 4 Days Zimbabwe Canoe Safari


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: All visitors to Zimbabwe must have a valid passport with at least 4 consecutive blanks pages.  Any applicable visa and/or relevant documentation are the responsibility of the traveller.  For further information on Visa requirements visitors are advised to contact their nearest Zimbabwe Embassy or Consulate.
VOLTAGE: 220 Volts/AC50Hz. Sockets are UK style, 3 pin square plugs. Power is from the government in the city/major towns and generator with inverter back up in the Safari Lodges and Camps.
CURRENCY: Foreign currency must be changed at the Bank, Bureau de Change, and Hotel/Safari lodge/Camp/Resort.   Major Credit Cards, Master card, Visa, American Express, are usually accepted throughout the country.  Where credit cards are accepted, the payment will normally be recorded in US$ regardless of the card’s default currency.
CLOTHING: Dress is mainly informal and should be comfortable as well as practical. Something warm should be brought along for early morning and evenings. Safari clothes are available from hotels/lodges/camps.
BAGGAGE: Where possible, travel light. Baggage space on safari is limited to medium suitcase or soft bag per person plus reasonable amount of hand luggage. There is 15 Kilogram per person limit on all flights to the wildlife sanctuaries. Excess luggage must be stored in your arrival hotel.
WATER: You will find many different of opinion of what is safe and what is not. We recommend for peace of mind, to drink local Bottled Mineral water. It is important to drink plenty of water especially during the hotter months. We would recommend that guests drink at least 2 to 3 liters of water per day to limit the effects of dehydration.
HEALTH; East Africa is a safe and secure destination; however, it is a good idea to take a few precautions.  Kindly consult your GP or local doctor at least 6 weeks before you travel, with regards: Malaria prophylactics. East Africa is a known malaria area and preventive measures are essential. You are advised to take one of the recommended anti-malarial drugs.  Be sure to wear long sleeved shorts and trousers after sunset and spray the exposed parts of your body with a mosquito repellent spray Remember to protect yourself from direct sun rays with sunscreen cream or safari hat.
DIETARY REQUIREMENTS: For those guests with specific dietary requirement, please ensure we are notified prior to travel
GRATUITIES: As a guideline and dependent on how happy you are, we would suggest the following: The General Hotel/Lodge/Camp Staff – Approximately U$ 10.00 per person per day Driver Guides – Approximately US$ 15.00 to US$ 20.00 per person per day.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Please be careful when photographing public buildings, airports, bridges, the national flag and people in uniform.  Ensure that you have sought permission before photographing local people and their villages.  If in doubt, please check with your guide.

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  • Park fees(For non-residents)
  • All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation(Unless listed as upgrade)
  • Camping equipment
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Bed linen
  • Bath towels
  • International flights(From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips(Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

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