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5 Days Canoe Safari in Zambezi River Area, Zambia

Pioneer Lodge, Zambia

Amazing Safari in Zambia

Absolute Zambia Safaris invites you to join them in this wonderful canoe safari in Zambia. On this safari tour, you will have the chance to explore the Zambezi River by canoeing across the river. This will be a perfect safari for you if you love water-sport combined with sightseeing of the wildlife animals. You could enjoy the beauty of nature because of every night of this retreat, you will camp beside the river. Embrace this opportunity and enjoy the safari to your heart content!

Overview

  • Starting point and ending point: Starts and ends in Chirundu
  • Children policy: Children with the minimum age of 9 are allowed to join the tour along with parents
  • Vaccines needed: Yellow fever and malaria vaccines are mandatory

Highlights

  • 4 days of canoe safaris
  • Well-experienced guides
  • Beverages on canoeing safari
  • Experience the beauty of the Zambezi River
  • Use of canoe and jeep 4x4 Land Rovers or Land Cruiser
  • Airport and road transfers
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals

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4 activity days
Airport transfer included: Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
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Accommodation

During your safari trip, you will stay in a camping tent. On your first night in Zambia you will be accommodated in a chalet at Pioneer Lodge and during this safari, you will spend the night by camping on selected islands along the Lower Zambezi River as it makes its way through the floodplains of the Mana-pools region.

Program

Day 1: Arrive and transfer to Pioneer Lodge

Upon arrival at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN) in Lusaka, you will be met by Absolute Zambia Safaris representative who will then transfer you to Pioneer Lodge one night before you start your canoe safari the next day. Today’s meal includes dinner.

Day 2: Zambezi breezes/Chirundu - Kakomalala Island

You will have your morning breakfast at Pioneer Lodge and transfer to Zambezi Breezes unless otherwise arranged, trips depart from Zambezi Breezes / Chirundu at 10:30 in the morning of departure after clients have been briefed by the guide.

After an hour of canoeing, there is a riverbank stop for lunch before paddling on to the first evening’s campsite on Kakomalala Island. This is a total canoeing distance of approximately 15 kilometers, predominantly through channels with an average of three to four kilometers per hour river flow rate. Arrival at the island is around 5 p.m. and camp is then set up.

Day 3: Kakomalala Island - Magurumeno/Mtondo Islands

You will have a full day of canoeing with the distances that will be traveled are approximately 25 kilometers. Approximately 6:30 a.m. in the morning, you will have tea or coffee and biscuits and you will depart at 7:30 a.m. downstream.

Breakfast will be given at 8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and lunch will be given at 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in shade out of the midday sun. Proceed to Magurumeno or Mtondo Islands depending on distances covered and weather permitting.

Day 4: Magurumeno/Mtondo Islands - Elephant/Nyamangwe Islands

On day three, you will canoe through Lower Zambezi floodplain region. The activities are similar to day two but on this day, you will have the chance to go to the Mana section of the river. You will stay overnight at Elephant or Nyamangwe Islands depending on the progress made on this day.

Day 5: Elephant/Nyamangwe Islands - Zambezi Breezes

You will have breakfast on the island before a leisurely five to seven kilometers paddle to the take-out point where the support vehicles are met. Canoes and equipment are loaded onto the vehicle and trailer before departing for the return journey through a wildlife area and several rural villages and dwellings.

Estimated time or arrival to Zambezi Breezes is at 2:30 p.m. allowing adequate time to connect onto Lusaka while there is still light or alternatively to spend an additional night at Zambezi Breezes on the banks of the Zambezi.

Location

This safari trip will start and end in Chirundu. This safari will take you to Kakomalala Island, Magurumeno/Mtondo Islands, and Elephant/Nyamangwe Islands in Zambezi River, Zambia. Zambia is a big country as large as France, Switzerland, Austria, and Hungary combined, covering some 750,000 square kilometers and lying in the tropical belt on South Central Africa, 10 to 18 degrees south of the equator.

Being on a high plateau, averaging 1,300 meters above sea level, the climate is very temperate with little humidity. The country is landlocked but has many lakes and rivers with beaches and water sports to be enjoyed in uncrowned and uncluttered surroundings.

Indeed, the unspoiled nature of Zambia is perhaps its greatest tourist asset. Rich in scenery and wildlife, Zambia today has become the tourist heart of a great continent which offers something that is becoming progressively rare in this shrinking world, the chance to escape from holiday masses and sour something of an environment that has remained unchanged since the very beginning of time.

Food

During this safari trip, you will be served daily meals as per itinerary. During your canoeing trip, unless notified, meals will follow the program below. Please note that prior warning of at least two weeks is needed to cater for special diets or allergies to certain ingredients and more. 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 morning

These 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 you to stretch your legs while the guide prepares an English breakfast of tinned fruit; eggs, bacon, tomatoes, and toast with marmalade or jam. Tea and coffee are served before starting off again.

Lunch

The lunches will be including 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. Cordials/water are always available throughout the day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 4 days of canoe safaris
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All road and airport transfers from and to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN)
  • All Daily meals during Canoe Safaris
  • Bed & Breakfast at Pioneer Lodge in Lusaka on your first night
  • Beverages on canoeing safari
  • Well-experienced guides
  • Experience the beauty of the Zambezi River
  • 4 days with instruction in English

What's not included

  • Visa Fees & Travel Insurance
  • Drinks from the bar
  • Flights
  • Anything of personal nature and not included

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 45 days before arrival.

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