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Zambezi Classic – Chirundu to Kanyemba

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Destinations: Kariba, Mana Pools National Park, Kanyemba
Type of adventure: icon-04.png Rafting / kayaking / sailing
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 1332
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Paddle a Canadian canoe on our classic canoe safari from Chirundu through to the floodplains of the Zambezi and past the shoreline of Mana Pools National Park. Camp overnight on the islands of the mighty Zambezi River.

Zambezi Classic – Chirundu to Kanyemba

Paddle a Canadian canoe on our classic canoe safari from Chirundu through to the floodplains of the Zambezi and past the shoreline of Mana Pools National Park. Camp overnight on the islands of the mighty Zambezi River.

Discover the explorer within and join our Classic Canoe journey along the Zambezi River. Course through the red cliffs of the Mupata Gorge dotted with many species of flora and fauna and on to the gorge at Kanyemba.  This is the Zambezi Classic Short canoe trip. Our classic canoe safari includes participation camping so guests will be required to help out with camp chores and setting up the tents.

  • Lower Zambezi
  • Chirundu to Kanyemba sections
  • 182 km’s

Highlights of the Classic Canoe Safari

  • get into the spirit a pioneering explorer
  • paddle 182 km of the mighty Zambezi River in a Canadian canoe
  • the shorelines of the Lower Zambezi National Park and Mana Pools offer endless opportunities for big game viewing along the broad floodplains. Wildlife roam the plains and the rugged escarpment on either side of the valley
  • we’re canoeing through different ecosystems so there should be some good wildlife encounters along the way. We’ve previously seen elephant, impala, waterbuck, buffalo, hippo and crocodile. Also, more elusive but resident in the area are leopard, lion and African wild dog
  • this is also a good area for seeing some interesting flora and fauna
  • fully qualified canoe guides will accompany us for the duration of the canoe safari
  • get back to nature and experience the real flow of Africa

Best time to do the Classic Canoe Safari

  • September/October: very hot but a good time to see concentrations of game before the rains come
  • April to November: days are sunny but the nights are cool

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Day 1 - Kariba, Lower Zambezi - 18 km - KakomararaStart your canoeing adventure from Kariba. 4x4 transfer to Chirundu for a safety talk followed by lunch on the river. Paddle until around 5pm and set up camp on Kakomarara island, relax and dinner.
Day 2 - Lone Acacia Island - 27 kmUp at sunrise for tea and biscuits. Paddle for a couple of hours until breakfast. Get back on the river and canoe until midday. Lunch and siesta time. Paddle again to Lone Acacia Island.
Day 3 - Trichelia Island - 23 kmDays spent on the river follow a similar pattern but the landscape and wildlife are ever changing. Evenings are spent relaxing and discussing the events and sightings of the day.
Day 4 - Chikwenya Island - 27 kmCamping at the confluence of the Zambezi and Sapi rivers in the Mana Pools NP with excellent views of the mountains of the Rift valley
Day 5 - False Gorge - 25 kmLocated close to G Camp, the False Gorge Camp is situated in the Sapi Safari area of Zimbabwe. A very concentrated wildlife area.
Day 6 - Mupata Gorge - 20 kmA short morning’s paddle followed by breakfast either on the banks of the river or on an island. Canoe until midday then stop for lunch and a siesta then canoe to the top end of Mapata Gorge.
Day 7 - Towering Red Cliffs Camp - 35 kmKnown for its tiger fishing opportunities, camp at the base of the Towering Red Cliffs Camp, on a breathtaking portion of the Zambezi River. Surrounded by spectacular red sandstone cliffs,
Day 8 - Departure - Kanyemba - Kariba - 7 kmEarly wake-up call for breakfast, paddle down to the takeout point at Kanyemba. The equipment will be loaded onto the vehicle and you will be transferred back to Kariba.
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Zambezi
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