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Group size:

Minimum 2 maximum 8. Age >15yrs


[3] - Moderate (participants must be in good health but no previous experience required)


6 day , 5 nights (4day/3nights on river)

Depart dates:

Monday, Wednesday, Sunday
01 Jan - 31 Dec 2005

Departure point:

Johannesburg international airport

Finish point:

Johannesburg international airport

Luggage limit:

Maximum of 10 kg per person - preferably in soft duffel bags
Trails for Africa Lower Zambezi canoe trail
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The trail begins deep in the Zambezi floodplain at the border town of Chirundu. The river meanders through the spectacular Mana Pools area, a World Heritage Site, renowned for its incredible abundance of variety of wildlife. Here the river is filtered by a series of channels and pools, which attract vast quantities of animals. Large herds of buffalo swim out to the grassy islands, and many pods of hippo bathe in the clear waters. This is the Eden of people's dreams - a safari that will satisfy the most thirsty desire for adventure and a wildlife experience. At Mana Pools the Zambezi meanders through a wide valley of channels, sandbanks and islands with Zambia on one side and Zimbabwe on the other. It is these lagoons and channels that attract hordes of Africa's largest animals in the dry season and make this probably the greatest concentration of wildlife in the whole of this great continent

Price includes:Airfare Johannesburg-Harare-Johannesburg on South Africa Airways; Road transfers ex Harare as specified; Bed and breakfast accommodation at Kariba Breezes Hotel; 4 day/3 night Tamarind canoe safari including all meals, teas, cordials and wine with dinner; Canadian style 2 man canoes; Camping equipment including tents, camping mattresses, sleeping bags, liners, mosquito nets, pillows, gas stoves, kitchen utensils, plastic plates and mugs, pots, pans, tables, stools, candles and cooler boxes; Qualified river guide; MARS (Medical Air Rescue Services) cover.

Price excludes:visas, travel insurance, health requirements, park fees (currently charged at USD 15 per person for the 4 day trip), all items of a personal nature and any service not specified. You can expect the following per person additional charges : R685.00 to cover airport/airline taxes, Single room supplement (applicable to Kariba Breezes Hotel only) R 690.00, For 2 persons travelling together there is a surcharge of R 730 per person to cover vehicle costs Harare-Kariba-Harare

Detailed intinerary

Day 1:Fly from Johannesburg to Harare on South African Airways. On arrival you will be met by a representative from Canoeing Safaris and transferred by road to Kariba, a 4 -hour journey.
Accommodation for 1 night at Kariba Breezes Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis. Evening canoeing safari briefing at your hotel. Kariba Breezes is a comfortable 2 star hotel with large rooms, en-suite facilities and air-conditioning. There are 2 swimming pools and a charming and lively pub, which is the hub of the social activity in Kariba.

Day 2:This morning you will be transferred to the put-in point at Chirundu, a 2 hour drive. Commence your 4 day/3 night safari to Mana Pools fully inclusive of all meals, canoeing and camping equipment. Camp is generally set up on islands at sites designated by the National Parks. There are no ablution facilities.

The distance covered per day is approximately 22 km. No previous experience is required for this trip, however clients need to be reasonably fit. These safaris are self-contained - all equipment and food is carried in the canoes and there is no vehicle back up. Guides are experienced professionals and carry weapons and radios. Please note that this is a participatory safari which means you help with some of the camp chores.

Days 3-4:You continue down the zambezi river.

Day 5:On the last day of your safari, the party is met by a vehicle and clients and equipment are transferred back to Kariba, a 4 hour drive from Mana Pools. Overnight at Kariba Breezes Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 6:Road transfer back to Harare in time for your South African Airways flight to Johannesburg.

Please Note:Terms and conditions apply. We reserve the right to change prices if necessary.

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Saying hello to big daddy!
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