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Offered by Tafika Travel Advisor

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 spent 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.

Daily Routine

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.

*Minimum of two people required to place a booking

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Meals included in this canoeing safari;

Three meals a day, cordial soft drinks and safe, treated water is supplied on every safari.

However those wishing to bring their own bottled water may do so. Cooler boxes are provided 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 we require prior warning of at least 2 weeks 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.

 

Early mornings:

Start with tea/coffee biscuits before setting off downstream after packing up canoes and clearing camp.

 

Breakfast:

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, sausages and toast with marmalade or jam. Tea and coffee is served before starting off again.

 

Lunch:

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.

Dinner:

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.

 

What to bring on the canoeing safari;

As a guide line on what to bring on your safari, clients are asked to keep luggage to minimum of

+/- 7kgs. Excess baggage may be kept for safe keeping at our office for collection at the end of

the safari.

  • Neutral colored shorts and T-shirts, swimming costume for summer months.
  • Personal Toiletries and small towel
  • Canvas shoes or rafting sandals, a comfortable pair of hiking shoes where walks are involved
  • Hat with a wide brim
  • Jacket or sweater for the evenings
  • Shirts (including a long sleeved one for sun protection)
  • A kikoi (or sarong) to cover your legs to protect them from the sun
  • Torch or flashlight and extra batteries
  • Camera and accessories. Recharging facilities at River Horse
  • Binoculars, sun glasses
  • Sunscreen, Insect repellent
  • Warm clothes to sleep in for winter nights/light waterproof clothing for wet season
  • Personnel drinking flask for your canoe along with a dry bags for personal items if available

Itineraries

Day 1

Your Plan

Meet the guides after breakfast for trip briefing before setting off at approx. 10.00hrs from Zambezi
Breezes. Canoe through approx. 2hrs before stopping for lunch on the banks of the Zambezi under the shade of a tree. Lunch stop and brief rest for approx. 2hrs out of hottest time of day. Today we canoe approx. 15km through off shoot channels of the main river system before reaching our first overnight island camp site Kakomarara Island nestled below two hills.

Day 2

Your Plan

Canoeing starts early after morning tea/coffee and biscuits. Depart island camp for downstream breakfast stop at approx. 2 hours after setting off downstream. Continue through to shaded lunch
stop from approx. 1230hrs -1430hrs out of mid-day sun. Afternoon paddle through to Island Camp for
the 2nd night wild camping.

Day 3

Your Plan

Early tea/coffee followed by canoeing through our fixed fly camp late breakfast 0900hrs. After breakfast we depart for a village tour after driving through the game management area. Return for late lunch 1400hrs followed by afternoon break from activities. After an early dinner we then proceed on a 2hr night game drive. Retire for the night after coffee around camp fire.

Day 4

Your Plan

Early morning rise tea/coffee & biscuits followed by a game walk lasting approx.2 hrs. Return camp
for breakfast and short break before setting off downstream again by canoe. We travel light on this
canoeing section with a picnic lunch and suitable provisions packed for the day. This section of river
is one of the best in terms of wildlife which takes up the remainder of the day on water. After loading the canoes onto our trailer we return to our fly camp after an hours in the back of a game viewing vehicle. After showers and dinner we offer a night drive for those left with the energy to do so.

Day 5

Your Plan

Early morning tea/coffee & biscuits followed by an English breakfast. Pack belongings for the return transfer to Zambezi Breezes approx. 3hrs by road. Cross the Kafue river pontoon approx. 1200hrs
before arriving at Zambezi Breezes 1300hrs for lunch. Relax at Zambezi Breezes or catch return transfer
to Lusaka.

  • 4 nights’ accommodation 
  • Canoeing safari activities
  • Traditional Village Visit
  • All meals
  • Beverages
  • Treated water
  • Equipment
  • Qualified guides
  • Transfers to and from the immediate safari area
  • Return Airport Lusaka Transfers (to and from Lusaka)
  • National Park entry fees to be paid direct on arrival where applicable

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