This safari incorporates several activities along the Zambezi River as it passes through the flood plains of the Mana Pools region. The additional activities on this safari offer a wider variety of game viewing options and a chance to meet and interact with the local community. This may include a visit to a local orphanage / school / village as well as game drives and walks. These canoeing safaris are self-contained in that all equipment / supplies are carried in the canoes for the duration of the canoeing trip. Guides prepare meals while the guests participate in erecting their tents, sorting out their bedding and helping with general loading and off-loading of their canoes. The first two nights are spents wild camping on islands with the last two night being spent in an pre-established fly camp on the banks of the river with walk in tents, beds, and shared ablution amenities.
During the hot summer months, early morning departures are encouraged to make the most of the cooler time and also to cover a reasonable distance before the wind may pick up. Deep shade is sought in the hottest part of the day for lunch breaks and rest. Canoeing continues to overnight stops as it becomes cooler again in the late afternoons
Unless otherwise arranged, trips depart from Zambezi Breezes/Chirundu at 10:30hrs on the morning of departure, after clients have been briefed by their guide. After an hour of canoeing there is a riverbank stop for lunch before paddling on to the first evening’s camp site on Kakomalala Island. This is a total canoeing distance of approximately 15km,predominantly through channels with an average of 3 - 4km/hour river flow rate. Arrival at the island is around 17:00hrs and camp is then set up.
The full day of canoeing, approx 25km. Approx. 0630hrs tea/coffee and biscuits depart 0730hrs downstream. Breakfast approx. 0830hrs – 0900hrs. Lunch approx. 1230hrs – 1430hrs in shade out of mid day sun. Proceed to Magurumeno or Mtondo Islands depending on distances covered weather permitting.
Canoe through lower Zambezi flood plain region. Daily routine much the same as Day two although now well into the Mana section of the river. Overnight at Elephant or Nyamangwe Islands pending progress made.
Breakfast is had on the island before a leisurely 5 - 7km paddle to the take out point where the support vehicles are met. Canoes and equipment are loaded onto the vehicle and trailer before departing for the return journey to the through a wildlife area and several rural villages and dwellings. ETA Zambezi Breezes is 1430hrs allowing adequate time to connect onto Lusaka while it is still light or alternatively to spend an additional night at Zambezi Breezes on the banks of the Zambezi.
Three meals a day, cordial soft drinks and treated water are supplied on every safari. However those wishing to bring their own bottled water may do so. Cooler boxes are provided for should clients wish to bring their own selection of beverages for the duration of the safari.
DAILY MEAL PLAN:
Unless notified, meals will follow the program below. Please note that prior warning of at least 2 weeks is needed to cater for special diets or allergies to certain ingredients etc. The main dinners are in most cases pre-cooked and deep frozen prior to the safari, so it is important to have sufficient notice of what is required.
These start with tea/coffee biscuits before setting off downstream after packing up canoes and clearing camp.
Generally after several hours of canoeing, the trip will stop for everyone to stretch their legs while the guide prepares an English breakfast of tinned fruit; eggs, bacon, tomatoes and toast with marmalade or jam. Tea and coffee is served before starting off again.
An assortment of cold meats, green salads, rolls and cheeses are served, along with a variety of sauces and pickled vegetables to complete the meal.
Assortments of snacks are served followed by a full dinner consisting of beef, chicken or mutton as main course options with two green vegetables and a carbohydrate of potatoes, rice or pasta. Cordials / H20 are always available throughout the day.