Canoeing the Zambezi River

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Canoeing the Zambezi River in Victoria Falls

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The Canoeing Trail operates above the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe on the 15km stretch of the Zambezi River between Chundu Campsite and the National Park entrance, running along the banks of the Zambezi National Park. Clients have a good opportunity of viewing various species of animals, such as Elephants, Buffalo, Impala, Kudu, Hippo, Crocodile etc. The birdlife is prolific with at least 50 common species of bird that can beseen from your canoe.

Half Day Canoe Safari- AM Only:

Pick up from Vic Falls Accommodation: Between 07h30-08h00
Drop off at Vic Falls Accommodation: Between 12h30-13h00
Season: Yearly

The Canoeing Trail operates above the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe on the 9km stretch of
the Zambezi River between #19 Campsite and the Mine Fields take out point next to
National Park entrance, running along the banks of the Zambezi National Park.

Clients are picked up from lodging and transferred to Savanna Lodge for check in.
Clients enjoy a game drive from Savanna Lodge (approximately 30minutes) to the
canoe start point, which is upriver at campsite # 19.

  • A packed breakfast is served on the banks of the Zambezi River.
  • On arrival clients are given a safety talk by a professional river guide.
  • Clients then practise their paddling skills before setting off on their canoe safari.
  • Clients spend approx 1.5 to 2 hours on the water canoeing (water level dependant).
  • Clients are transferred from the take out point back to their respective lodging.
  • Clients are offered soft drinks, beers and water on the transfer back to their hotel.

Please note that NO lunch is served on a half-day safari. Half day safaris are only available in the mornings, unless by specific request for larger groups.

Full Day Canoe Safari:

Pick up from Vic Falls Accommodation: Between 07h30-08h00
Drop off at Vic Falls Accommodation: Between 16h00-16h30
Season: Yearly

The Canoeing Trail operates above the Victoria Falls on the 15km stretch of the
Zambezi River between Chundu and the Mine Fields take out point next to the National
Park entrance, running along the banks of the Zambezi National Park.

  • Clients are picked up from lodging and transferred to Savanna Lodge for check in.
  • Clients enjoy a game drive from the national parks entrance (approximately 40 minutes) to the canoe start point, which is upriver at the Chundu campsite.
  • A packed breakfast is enjoyed on the banks of the Zambezi River.
  • On arrival clients are given a safety talk by a professional river guide.
  • Clients then practise their paddling skills before setting off on their canoe safari.
  • Clients canoe approx 1.5 to 2 hours in the morning and in the afternoon.
  • Lunch is served on the banks of the Zambezi and consists of cold meat, rolls, salad and orange juice.
  • The trip ends at the Mine fields take out point. Clients are transferred back to their respective lodging by 16h30 (approximately 10 minutes to Vic Falls Hotels).

Canoe - Camping Safari's Rates:

1 Day Overnight Canoe Safari

Seasonal: Yearly
Rate: $155 (exclude Park fees - usd15pppn camping fee + usd10pp river usage)
Min Number of people: 4

2 Day, 1 Night Canoe Safari

Seasonal: Yearly
Rate: $220 (exclude Park fees - usd15pppn camping fee + usd10pp river usage)
Min Number of people: 4

2 Day, 2 Night Canoe Safari

Seasonal: Yearly
Rate: $265 (exclude Park fees - usd15pppn camping fee + usd10pp river usage)
Min Number of people: 4

3 Day, 2 Night Canoe Safari

Seasonal: Yearly
Rate: $395 (exclude Park fees - usd15pppn camping fee + usd10pp river usage)
Min Number of people: 4

AGE RESTRICTIONS

The minimum age for canoe trips is 10 years. There is no maximum age.

AVAILABILITY

Canoeing trips are available daily. However, during the rainy season (December to March) we may not be able to run the trip if there has been large quantities of rain as the roads become impassable so we are unable to drive to the canoe put in and take out points.

CLIENT REQUIREMENTS

The appropriate dress required is shorts, T-Shirts, shoes, sunscreen and a wide brimmed hat. Dry bags are provided for cameras and valuables.

EQUIPMENT

For the standard day and half day trips, the types of canoes used are the Inflatable crocodile canoes, double sided paddles and X-treme high flotation life jackets. For groups, we can use 16 foot inflatable rafts.

EXPERIENCE AND FITNESS

No previous experience is required and clients need not be proficient swimmers.

VIDEOS AND PHOTOGRAPHS

Videos and photographs will be provided on request for group bookings only and will be
shown the same evening.

GUIDES AND SAFETY

Guides are licensed, fully trained and all hold valid first aid certificates. Whilst every precaution is taken, it is essential that agents make clients aware that an indemnity form must be signed before participating on these safari’s. A comprehensive first aid kit is carried on each trip. The trip leader is in radio contact with our base in Victoria Falls and direct with M.A.R.S. (Medical Air Rescue Service). All our camping trips have a satellite phone present for any emergencies.

* Please note the rates are excluding the park fees


Rates

* All rates are in US Dollar.

Title Price Applicability
Half Day Canoe Safari $115 2012
Full Day Canoe Safari $130 2012
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