The 7-night Mana Pools Explorer safari is a canoeing and walking adventure. You’ll paddle the Zambezi River for 3 days, and explore Mana Pools for 3 days. On the trip you’ll meet top professional guides and stay in authentic camps. Spotting wildlife in this area is generally rewarding, especially within the Mana Pools National Park.
Start off in a homely lodge overlooking beautiful Lake Kariba. This is an ideal position for a spectacular Kariba sunset. You’ll descend the Zambezi Escarpment to the lower stretches of the river the next day. The canoe section is 75km (46 miles) and departs on Sunday, Monday or Wednesday’s. You don’t need any previous experience to paddle the river. At the end point, exit the river and explore Mana Pools National Park from a fixed base camp for the next three days. Game viewing activities will be on foot and by vehicle.
The canoe section is a semi-participatory trip, which means that everyone mucks in to help set up the fly-camp each night. Camps are simple as you’ll be carrying everything with you in your two man Canadian canoes. Sit back and relax on reaching Camp Zambezi at the end of the canoe trail. This is a larger tented camp with a full complement of staff. Joy of joy’s after three nights on the river, is the hot bucket shower in the evenings. Dinner is served under the stars with a glass of wine.
Follow this link to read More about canoeing in Africa and other canoe safaris on this website. On our sister website find a section on Upper Zambezi Canoeing options. For more walking safari options take a look at Walking in Hwange
(Mana Explorer courtesy James Varden)
|Day 1 - Lake Kariba||Mana Pools Explorer trip will start with an overnight stay in Hornbill Lodge. Safety briefings for preparation of the canoes on the river and procedures for camping.|
|Day 2 - Mana Pools National Park||7.30 pick up from your hotel and transfer to Chirundu for the start of your canoe adventure. Paddle to Kakomarara Island to spend the night. You will enjoy your first encounters with wildlife.|
|Day 3 - Mana Pools National Park||Up at sunrise for tea/coffee/biscuits. 2 hours paddling until breakfast stop. Canoe until noon, lunch and siesta. Canoe until 5, set up camp on Lone Acacia Island.|
|Day 4 - Mana Pools National Park||The day takes follows the same pattern as day 3. Regular stops for drinks/paddle breaks. Stopping on Trichelia Island for the night.|
|Days 5-7 - Mana Pools National Park||A leisurely start before canoeing for 2 hours to meet transfer vehicle, drive to Camp Zambezi, your base for 3 nights. Relax and enjoy game watching, birding and botany with your Professional Guide.|
|Day 8 - Departure||Road transfer from Mana Pools to Kariba Airport. From here, you will connect to your ongoing flights.|