Canoe The Zambezi

The Canoeing Trail operates above the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe on the 60km stretch of the Zambezi River between the Matetsi border with the Zambezi National Park and the entrance of the National Park in Victoria Falls, running along the banks of the Zambezi National Park.


PHYSICAL FEATURES OF THE RIVER
This section of the river is quite unlike the better-known section below Lake Kariba.  The Upper Zambezi River is regarded as FREE FLOW as a dam does not control it and as such the water is subject to seasonal variation.  Floods begin in November and normally peak in April / May.  Therefore, throughout the season the route varies as new channels open with the fluctuations in water levels.   The Upper Zambezi has numerous heavily wooded islands, which are dissected by channels that may be several kilometres in length and vary in width from one to twenty metres.  
The vegetation predominately consists of ebonies, water berries, palms and a tremendous variety of acacia and albizia.  The rapids are small and at their peak are only classed as grade two, which is the second easiest grade.

WILDLIFE
All Canoe Trails pass along the banks of the Zambezi National Park, and in the case of the half and full day trips they also end up with the Mosi oa Tunya National Park on the Zambian side. For this reason 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 be seen from your craft.

EQUIPMENT
For all our trips, the types of canoes used are the Inflatable crocodile type canoes, double sided paddles and X-treme high flotation life jackets. For groups we can use 16-foot inflatable rafts. The over night equipment includes, 2 man tents, sleeping bags (we however recommend clients bring their own bags), sleeping mats, genuine bush shower facility, as well as chemical or long drop toilets set up in suitable locations at all over night camp sites.

INCLUSIONS
Our Canoe - Camping trips include meals, soft drinks, water, tea, coffee and some alcoholic beverages. The alcoholic beverages are rationed as the Canoe Trails are in a National Park which is a wildlife area and as such we do not recommend high consumption of alcohol. Drinks included are beers, gin & tonics and wine with dinner. We will only supply a reasonable portion of these drinks to clients, should clients have any preferred drinks they are welcome to bring their own.

MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM PAX
Minimum number on all multi day trips – 4 pax.
Maximum number on all multi day trips – 20 pax.

AVAILABILITY
365 days a year- trips may start and finish at different points due to water levels, the below itineraries are an outline of the manner in which the trips are run. During the months from December to April it is the wet season and this makes access to the National Park difficult, the National Park is at times closed during this period and as such trips will be dependant on the National Parks rulings.

FULL DAY OVERNIGHT SAFARI
The Canoeing Trail operates above the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe on the 15km stretch of the Zambezi River between Chundu and 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 Savanna (approximately 45 minutes) to the canoe start point, which is upriver at the Chundu campsite.
•    Tea, coffee and breakfast consisting of bacon and egg rolls are served on the banks of the Zambezi.
•    On arrival a professional river guide gives clients a safety talk.
•    Clients then practise their paddling skills before setting off on their canoe safari.
•    Lunch is served on an island in the middle of the Zambezi and consists of cold meats and salads.
•    The trip ends at the Overnight campsite, located on the banks of the Zambezi River in the Zambezi National Park. Clients spend the evening enjoying the ambiance of the wilderness followed by dinner and an evening by the campfire. Clients then spend the night in their tents.
•    In the morning clients are awoken by the early rays of sunshine, after some tea or coffee, clients enjoy a full English Breakfast on the banks of the river.
•    After Breakfast, clients are transferred from this camp site back to their respective lodging by 10h00. Earlier transfers can be arranged for clients on request.   

 
 
TWO DAY, ONE NIGHT 
This trip starts further up the river than the overnight trip so as to cover double the river mileage, thus increasing the chances of wildlife sightings. The over night campsite for this safari is the Chundu Camping area located in 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 (approximately 90 minutes) to the canoe start point, which is 12 km upriver of the Chundu campsite.
•    Tea, coffee and breakfast consisting of bacon and egg rolls are served on the banks of the Zambezi.
•    On arrival a professional river guide gives clients a safety talk.
•    Clients then practise their paddling skills before setting off on their canoe safari.
•    Lunch is served on an island in the middle of the Zambezi and consists of cold meats and salads.
•    The trip ends at the Chundu campsite, located on the banks of the Zambezi River in the Zambezi National Park. Clients spend the evening enjoying the ambiance of the wilderness followed by dinner and an evening by the campfire. 
•    Clients spend the night in their tents.
•    In the morning clients are awoken by the early rays of sunshine, after some tea or coffee, clients enjoy a full English Breakfast on the banks of the river.
•    After Breakfast has settled, clients again start their second day of canoeing. This day is the same stretch of river used for the full day Canoe trips and so the trip format is the same with clients having lunch on an island consisting of cold meats and salads followed by an afternoon of paddling ending at the take out point by the mine fields.  
•    Clients enjoy soft drinks and beers before being transferred back to their respective lodging by 17h00. An earlier transfer can be arranged for clients, if required.

TWO DAY, TWO NIGHT 
This trip is the same as the former with a second night of camping at Leon’s camp, as per the full day overnight trip.

THREE DAY, TWO NIGHT 
This trip is the same as the former with the trip starting at the top of the Zambezi National Park, which is a 3 hour game drive to the start. The first night being spent camping about 90 minutes drive from the Park entrance gates. The second night is spent camping at Chundu camp and then the last day is canoeing back to the take out point for clients to be back at their respective lodgings by 16h30 to 17h00 on day three.

PICK UP TIMES:
Full Day Overnight:    
Pick up 07h30-08h00     Drop off on day two:    09h00-10h00
Two day, One night:  
Pick up 07h30-08h00     Drop off on day two:    16h30-17h00
Two day, Two night:  
Pick up 07h30 – 08h00   Drop off on day three:  09h00-10h00
Three day, Two night:
Pick up 07h30 – 08h00   Drop off on day three:  16h30-17h00

CLIENTS REQUIRMENTS
The appropriate dress required is shorts, T-Shirts, shoes and sunscreen and a wide brimmed hat.  Dry bags are provided for cameras and valuables. Toiletries and over night bags covering the clients` personal clothing requirements are to be supplied by the clients. Should clients be partial to a specific alcoholic beverage it is advised they bring their own.

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

EXPERIENCE AND FITNESS

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

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 this safari. A comprehensive first aid kit is carried on each trip. The trip leader is in radio contact with bases in Victoria Falls, Livingstone and direct with M.A.R.S. (Medical Air Rescue Service). Every multi day trip has a satellite phone accompanying the trip in case of an emergency. 

INSURANCE
All clients are covered by Medical Air Rescue Services (MARS) through Adventure Zone; however, this only covers them for emergency evacuation in life threatening situations.  It does not cover their hospitalisation and medication.  As such travel and medical insurance is COMPULSARY for all clients.  Please ensure clients bring the details of their insurance policy with them.  Adventure Zone will not cover clients should they not have insurance. 

PUBLIC LIABILITY

Our activities are all covered by a US$ 2 000 000 Public Liability Insurance Policy with SATIB and this is underwritten by Lloyds of London.

Rates 2016

FULL DAY OVERNIGHT SAFARI  - US$273 per person
TWO DAY, ONE NIGHT - $391 per person
TWO DAY, TWO NIGHT - $460 per person
THREE DAY, TWO NIGHT - $679 per person

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