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Activity level: Level 3 Involves a high level of physical activity over an extended period, in terrain that may often be uneven, slippery and steep. You would be expected to carry your own backpack and equipment. Not suitable if you have limited mobility.
Destination: Zambezi Canoe Safari
Duration: 6 days
Pickup location: Harare International Airport

Overview

An adventure like no other. Paddle the mighty Zambezi and experience Africa from a unique and thrilling perspective!

There is no better way to see Africa’s mighty Zambezi than from the water itself. This spectacular adventure takes you into the heart of the Zambezi National Park. An important conservation area, it is teeming with elephants as well as lions, leopards, spotted hyenas, wild dogs, hippos and crocodiles. On this special canoe safari you will be able to spot wildlife from the water - a thrilling experience. The expedition camping facilities are comfortable but basic and there are no fixed ablution facilities along the way. However, you will see pristine landscapes, enjoy spectacular stargazing and finish the trip at Mana Pools, one of Africa's most renowned game viewing spots.

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On this itinerary a contribution is made by us to Travel for Impact to ensure that your safari has a meaningful impact on the people who live locally. For more information please visit www.travelforimpact.com

Itinerary

Itinerary summary:

Day 1 - Lake Kariba
Day 2 - Lower Zambezi
Day 3 - Lower Zambezi
Day 4 - Lower Zambezi
Day 5 - Mana Pools National Park
Day 6 - Harare and home

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Day 1 - Lake Kariba

Internal flight between Harare Airport and Kariba Airport and then transfer 15 minutes to Hornbill Lodge. The lodge has a panoramic view of Lake Kariba, one of the largest reservoirs in the world, home to hippo and crocodiles and offering dramatic views and spectacular sunsets.

The lodge has comfortable chalets and you can relax in a central bar and lounge area. Guests can cool off in the plunge pool and dine alfresco on the deck, with beautiful panoramic views under the shade of Africa’s indigenous trees.

Included meals: Dinner
Accomodation: Hornbill Lodge
Optional Extras: (weather and time permitting) include fishing, game safari, motorboat safari or a visit to the lake's massive dam wall.

Day 2 - Lower Zambezi

Today you start your canoe safari! You will be collected in the early morning and transferred to Chirundu in an open 4x4 vehicle. Once the canoes and kit are unloaded, a safety talk and demonstration of how to paddle a canoe will be given. A packed lunch will be taken on the river. At approximately 5pm camp is set up on an Kakomarara Island with time to relax before dinner. Total distance - 11 miles

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accomodation: Tamarind Safari

Day 3 - Lower Zambezi

This morning, guests will wake up at sunrise for tea, coffee and biscuits before paddling for a couple of hours to the breakfast stop. Canoeing will resume until midday for a well-earned lunch & time to relax until mid afternoon (depending on the weather). At approximately 5pm you will stop canoeing and set up camp on Lone Acacia Island.
Total distance - 17 miles

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accomodation: Tamarind Safari Camp

Day 4 - Lower Zambezi

Today’s programme is as per the previous day with the overnight camp on Trichelia Island.
Total distance - 14 miles

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accomodation: Tamarind Safari Camp

Day 5 - Mana Pools National Park

This morning you will have a more leisurely start before setting off at approximately 8am. You will arrive at Mana Pools at approximately 10am.
Total distance - 4 miles

Transfer to Kanga Camp in Mana Pools National Park. This remote area and World Heritage Site has never been developed and Kanga Camp offers you a pure and unspoilt African experience to finish your trip.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accomodation: African Bush Camps Kanga Camp

Day 6 - Harare and home

After breakfast transfer to Dandawa Airstrip for your flight to Harare Airport for your onward international flight home

Included meals: Breakfast

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What's included

  • Ground transfers as specified
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation, meals and local drinks as specified
  • Safaris and activities specified
  • Guided activities
  • English speaking guide 
  • National Park fees

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Phone calls
  • Laundry
  • Premium drinks
  • Personal purchases
  • Tips and gratuities

Important information

  • Vaccinations are recommended for Zimbabwe (and Zambia). Please consult your doctor for advice.
  • US Passport holders require a visa to visit Zimbabwe (and Zambia).
  • Please let The Big Safari Company know prior to travelling if you have any medical needs or take any medication that we need to be made aware of to ensure that you have a safe and pleasant tour.
  • Cancellation 90 - 0 days prior to departure: cancellation fee is 100%. It is your responsibility to ensure the correct travel insurance in place to protect you against the need to cancel your holiday. Deposits are non-refundable. Balance payments due 14 weeks prior to departure.
  • Further terms and conditions apply and will be provided upon request or at the time of booking. The Big Safari Company reserves the right to withdraw any offer prior to accepting a reservation request. This does not affect your statutory rights. This offer is subject to availability and space is limited.

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