Canoe Overnight Trip
One of the finest ways to see magnificent African wildlife is on a canoeing safari on the Upper Zambezi River above the flow of Victoria Falls. You’ll paddle downstream on a relaxing adventure and enjoy incredible sightings of birdlife, elephant, buffalo, hippo and crocodile who share their domain with you.Canoeing on the Zambezi is an easy-going experience and very enjoyable as you make your way downstream, and generally no experience is needed. There are safety briefings and instructions at the start of each trip and these adventures are led by professional river guides.
Paddle your own canoes, following our experienced Guides for a 22km stretch of pristine Zambezi water.
Explore islands, channels and master grade 1 and 2 rapids on the adventure.
Our lead Guide Titus has over 20 seasons on the Zambezi River!
Camp on white beaches under the African stars.
Look out for hippos, crocodiles, waterbuck, lechwe, puku, giraffe, kudu, roan and sable, impala, warthog, bushbuck, monkeys and baboons, along with the accompanying predators – lion, leopard, hyena and jackal and over 460 species of bird!
The Canoe Safari is operated on the fourth largest river in Africa, theMighty Zambezi. With an abundance of wildlife, flora and fauna this guided safari allows ample time to experience this majestic of rivers with ease.
The Upper Zambezi River is regarded as “FREE FLOW” and as such the water is subject to seasonal variation. Water levels begin to rise in December and normally peak in April / May. Therefore,throughout the season the route varies as channels open and closes with the rise and fall in water levels.
The Upper Zambezi has numerous heavily wooded islands, which are dissected by channels that may be
as much as several kilometres in length and vary in width from one to twenty meters. The vegetation predominately consists of Ebonies, Waterberry, Palms and a tremendous variety of Acacia and Albizia. The rapids are small and at their peak are only classed as grade two, which as categorized by the British Canoe Union is the second easiest grade.
Light quick-drying shirt and long pants for sun protection
Water bottle with clip
Hat / Sunglasses (with strap / croakies)
Go-Pro / Waterproof Camera Equipment (at your own risk)
Personal Medications / Basic Toiletries you may require
A 2-season sleeping bag.
Small pack towel.
Headlamp or head torch and spare batteries.
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DAY 1: THIS IS THE ZAMBEZI
Today we meet early, get a transfer to our launch site and have our Safety Briefing covering all areas of the trip including equipment, methods necessary to manoeuver, steer and paddle the canoes, distance, emergency procedures – wildlife encounter procedure, capsize procedure and care of personal items. Once we have practiced our paddling skills, it’s time to set off for our adventure! The Canoe Safari is operated on the fourth largest river in Africa, theMighty Zambezi. With an abundance of wildlife, flora and fauna this guided safari allows ample time to experience this majestic of rivers with ease. A hearty packed lunch is served enroute to the camp, consisting of rolls, cold meats, salad and fruit. Upon arrival at camp we have time to relax and reflect on our day on the river. Accommodation is in two-man tents bordering the river’sedge whilst tonight’s dinner is served under the African Stars.
Accommodation: Campsite with Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, Soft Drinks, Beers and Water. Please feel free to bring a bottle of your favourite tipple with you!
DAY 2: IN LIVINGSTONE’S FOOTSTEPS
Wake Up with an African alarm clock with the sound of the Fish Eagle and Hippos greeting the dawn. After a hearty breakfast,it’s time to repack our kit, take that last cup of coffee and continue our journey tracing the footsteps of the great explorer David Livingstone as we paddle on further downstream and stop for lunch. The Upper Zambezi River is regarded as “FREE FLOW” and as such the water is subject to seasonal variation. Water levels begin to rise in December and normally peak in April / May. Therefore,throughout the season the route varies as channels open and closes with the rise and fall in water levels.The Upper Zambezi has numerous heavily wooded islands, which are dissected by channels that may beas much as several kilometres in length and vary in width from one to twenty meters. The vegetation predominately consists of Ebonies, Waterberry, Palms and a tremendous variety ofAcacia and Albizia. The rapids are small and at their peak are only classed as grade two, which ascategorized by the British Canoe Union is the second easiest grade. Upon arrival at our take out point which can vary depending upon the water levels prevalent atthe time, our vehicle will be waiting to transfer everyone back to Livingstone (approximately 20min).
The Canoe Trail whilst operated in Zambia passes through National Parks located in Zimbabwe, and the pristine bush land of Zambia where there is a possibility of chances to see game such as hippo, crocodile, elephant, giraffe and numerous birdlife.
Guides and Safety
Guides are 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 and Livingstone and direct with SES.
Two seater crocodile canoes are used with America’s Cup high flotation life jackets for each client.
Experience and Fitness
No previous experience is required and clients need not be proficient swimmers.
Minimum and Maximum numbers
Minimum number is 2 pax and maximum is 8 pax. Larger groups on request using canoes and inflatable rafts.
The minimum age for canoe trips is 12 years (no child rate). There is no maximum age but clients must be of a reasonable fitness.
The appropriate dress required is shorts, t-shirts, shoes and sunscreen and a wide brimmed hat. Dry bags are provided for cameras and valuables.
All clients are covered by SES through Safari Par Excellence; however, this only covers them for emergency evacuation in life threatening situations. It does not cover their hospitalization and medication. As such travel and medical insurance is COMPULSORY for all clients. Please ensure clients bring the details of their insurance policy with them. Safari Par Excellence will not cover clients should they not have insurance. Safari Par Excellence has US$1.5 million public and passenger liability cover.