Canoeing and Walking Safaris - Imagine Africa - Luxury Tailor-made Safari and Beach Holidays

Canoeing and Walking Safaris

This Exploration is perfect for adventurous travellers, allowing guests the closest possible encounters with wildlife on one of the greatest rivers in Africa. This thrilling experience traverses the Mana Pools National Park, through the heart of Mana Pools and along the Zambezi's shoreline, canoeing past countless hippos on the way! Each night is spent camping on the banks of the Zambezi River, ultimately finishing 65km downstream with many adventures to recall. Encounters with animals, whether on canoe or on foot, are up close and awe-inspiring.

9 days, from £2,195 per person sharing inclusive of international flights

Matt, Zimbabwe specialist: 
"WOW! An iconic African adventure! Paddle the might Zambezi River, camps in the wilds, and search for wildlife on foot. "
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020 7622 5114

The Trail is for reasonably fit guests and is led by an experienced guide. Support vehicles and staff assist guests and set up camp each day.


Day 1
Please make your own way to London Heathrow to check in for the overnight British Airways flight for Lusaka.

Day 2
On arrival into Lusaka you will clear customs and immigration, collect your bags and then proceed to the arrivals hall where you will be met by and transferred by road (approx 1 ½ hours) to Chirundu where you will then get a boat transfer (approx 2 hours) downstream to Ruckomechi Camp for a two night stay, all meals, and all game viewing activities included.

Day 3
A full day to enjoy the activities on offer on the Lower Zambezi. These include game drives, bush walks, boat cruises looking for game coming down to drink on the banks of the Zambezi, fishing for the famous tiger fish, as well as many other types of fish.

Day 4
Today you will start your three day Mana Canoe Safari with Mana Canoe Trails. You will spend your days canoeing and walking, with a picnic lunch on route and the evenings your camp will be moved by the support team and set up for you each day. This will be inclusive of all meals and all activities. At approximately 2 pm, after meeting the guide and going through a thorough safety briefing, canoeists start paddling downstream in sturdy Canadian canoes to the mobile camp in the Mana Pools National Park. The camp will have already been set up in advance; the first afternoon of paddling covers about 11 kilometres. This is a relatively easy distance to cover in the time available and gives canoeists a chance to familiarise themselves with the canoes and the various paddle strokes required.

Day 5-6
Typically, canoeists are awakened before dawn with tea/coffee and biscuits and you will try to get onto the water just before sunrise. This is a magical time on the river as the water is usually calm and the peace and tranquillity is amazing.

After paddling for usually about two hours, you will beach the canoes on the bank of the Zambezi River and set out for a game walk. The guide chooses a suitable area, based on his knowledge of the area and game movements and you will take a few hours to explore on foot, and unravel some of the intricacies of the bush. After returning to the canoes, and a light snack, you will continue canoeing to a suitable lunch spot, arriving around midday.

Lunch is carried in the canoes and usually consists of salad and cold meats. You will normally rest up in the shade for a while or take another short walk before moving on, and arriving at the next camp at dusk. The camp, and all the luggage, will have been moved by the camp staff and all that is required to be done by participants is to enjoy a hot shower under the stars, and a cold drink, followed by dinner. The daily distances covered from one camp to the next are around 20 to 25 kilometres and the daily routine will vary according to wildlife movements.

Day 7
After breakfast by the river, you will be transferred by road (game driving through the park), back to Ruckomechi Camp for a one night stay all meals, and activities included.

Day 8
After lunch, you will be transferred by boat, back upstream to Chirundu, where you will then get a road transfer back to Lusaka.
On arrival into Lusaka you will be transferred to the Pioneer Camp, where you will stay for one night, in a luxury en-suite cottage with dinner and breakfast included.

Day 9
You will have an early start this morning. You will be transferred to Lusaka airport, in time to catch the morning British Airways flight departing for London Heathrow, arriving early evening.

Price: from £2,195 per person sharing inclusive of international flights

international flights from London Heathrow to Lusaka on British Airways with Airport taxes, return road transfers from Lusaka Airport, 3 nights at Ruckomechi and 3 nights canoe safari with all meals and scheduled activities included, 1 night at Pioneer Camp in Lusaka with breakfast and airport transfer.

Our tailor-made itineraries
All our itineraries are tailor-made therefore we can tailor the above itinerary to your specifications to work around your budget, dates and preferences. We can add or remove nights, or suggest upgrade options. Call our expert team for a tailor-made itinerary on 020 7622 5114 or complete an enquiry form here...

Althorp House
5-6 Althorp Road
London, SW17 7ED
t: 020 7622 5114
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