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The Fisheagle Safari starts from Kariba, eight kilometers downstream from the Kariba Dam Wall and ends in Mana Pools National Park. The safari travels 18 kilometers through the Kariba Gorge after which the river opens up into the floodplains which are prolific in wildlife. The Safari as a whole covers approximately 130 kilometers. However, don’t let this daunt you, the current of the river will do most of the work for you. So relax and take in the magnificent surroundings.
During this safari, you will be accommodated in various campsites along the Zambezi River, including Crocodile Rocks Island (first night), Twin Logs Island (second night), Kakomarara Island (third night), Lone Acacia Island (fourth night), and Trichelia Island (fifth night). This safari is a semi-participatory - meaning the camps are not already set up for your arrival and that everyone helps to put up tents, cooking, and washing up each evening. Tents supplied are very easy to set up, two-man, dome tents.
All camping equipment is supplied. This includes gas stoves, kitchen utensils, pots and pans, plastic plates, mugs, tables, stools, camping mattresses, sleeping bags and liners, candles, matches, cooler boxes, and dome tents. Clients can bring their own sleeping bags if preferred.
There are no ablution facilities on these safaris. Clients are provided with a spade, toilet paper, and matches - with which to burn the toilet paper. Bathing is done from a bucket using water scooped out of the river.
This semi-participatory explorer canoe safari begins and ends in Kariba (unless by other arrangements) and it is recommended that clients spend the night prior to their safari’s departure in Kariba town. Natureways Safaris can assist with booking this accommodation.
Your safari departs from Natureways Safaris' offices in Kariba, clients can self-drive there or, be picked up from their various hotels at 07:30. Once at the office, clients may arrange for excess luggage and valuables to be locked away safely until their return (it is not recommended to take passports or valuables onto the river).
A short briefing will then be given to help clients understand what the trip entails and any questions will be answered. A shopping trip follows to allow the purchase of any additional groceries or personal items required, as well to purchase particular drinks clients may want. Clients will then be driven to the starting point of their safari.
Animals that can be seen on the trip usually include elephant, buffalo, impala, waterbuck, hippo, crocodile, and plentiful birdlife. Lion, leopard, painted hunting dog etc. are more rarely seen but are certainly in the area. Natureways Safaris cannot guarantee plenty of game while on safari, particularly during the green (rainy) season.
The canoes used in this safari are two-man Canadian-style canoes, and the paddles are American Carlisle paddles.No previous canoeing experience is necessary but guests are required to be reasonably fit and healthy.
The maximum luggage limit per client to take on the river is 10 kilograms, packed in a soft duffel bag, not a suitcase. A luggage room and safe facilities are provided for any extra luggage at the Kariba office. This safari is a self-contained, all equipment and food are carried in the canoes and there is no vehicle back-up apart from drop-off and pick-up.
Generally, the day starts with tea / coffee and biscuits at sunrise. The camp is then packed up and the party sets off. Early mornings make for easy paddling as the wind is calm and it is not yet too hot. A stop will be made for breakfast, usually after a couple of hours. The trip continues after breakfast, until breaking for a light lunch and siesta to avoid the midday heat. The night stop is reached at approximately 17:00 and the camp are unpacked and setup. Campsites are typically set up on islands and all sites are designated by national parks.
Natureways Safaris will collect you on the morning of your safari at 07:30, in good time for a check-in at Natureways' office, handing in extra luggage and valuables. Please do not take your passport on the river. There will be a short briefing to summarise what the safari entails and questions may be asked. Guests will be required to sign an indemnity form before leaving on the safari.
After the briefing, a visit to the shops will be made, purchasing any extra drinks wanted for the trip before setting off for the river. Please note that credit cards are not a recommended payment option in Zimbabwe.
After arriving at the start point, luggage will be portered into the gorge and your group will walk for 1.5 kilometers down to the river - quite a long, steep descent. All canoes and camping equipment will have already been carried into the gorge and packed. A safety talk and demonstration on how to paddle a canoe will be given after which you will be launched, then paddling until a stop is made for lunch.
After a picnic-style lunch, there will be time for a siesta to avoid the heat of the day after which, paddling recommences. At approximately 17:00, you will arrive and set up camp on an island named Crocodile Rocks. There will be time to have a bucket bath, relax, and have dinner after a brief safety talk on camping.
You will be woken at sunrise for tea, coffee, and biscuits before canoeing for a couple of hours then stopping for a leisurely breakfast. After breakfast, you will set off once again to enjoy the incredible scenery of the Zambezi Valley. A lunch stop will be made at the first suitable spot with time, once again, for a siesta. In the early evening, you will reach your second campsite at Twin Logs Island.
Again, up at sunrise for tea, coffee, biscuits and also breakfast, before canoeing. A packed lunch is taken on the river. At approximately 17:00, the camp is set up on an island named Kakomarara.
Up at sunrise for tea, coffee, and biscuits before paddling for a couple of hours, then stopping for a relaxed breakfast. Afterwards, canoeing will resume until midday prior to a well-earned lunch and siesta, time to catch up on reading until mid-afternoon (depending on the weather). Canoeing continues until early evening where camp will be set up on Lone Acacia Island for the night.
The programme is as per the previous days with the night stop being made at Trichelia Island.
Up at sunrise for tea, coffee, biscuits and then breakfast before paddling starts at around 08:00. You will arrive at Mana Pools National Park at 10:00 and here the canoes will be loaded onto the vehicles for the return trip to Kariba. Arrival time in Kariba is approximately at 15:00. As you depart with your memories, this experience will have enriched your life and touched your soul!
Elijah or E.G. as he likes to be called as has been with Natureways Safaris for 5 years and has embarked on his career as a canoe guide with the company. Recognizing his enthusiasm for the bush and wildlife Natureways Safaris is nurturing his passion and assisting him to achieve his goal of one day becoming a professional guide. Until then, E.G. works as the team leader in Mana Pools while trying to achieve his 1,000 hours of canoeing necessary to become a qualified canoe guide.
James is Zimbabwean born and raised. From a very young age, he showed a keen interest in the outdoors, preferring to play with skeletons and birds nests rather than toys. This love of nature was developed at school and upon leaving, he started his safari career in Hwange National Park with Touch the Wild safaris. James joined Natureways in 1991 under the tutelage of Garth Thompson. He attained his canoe license in 1992 and his full professional guide status in early 1993. James has been in Mana Pools for 13 years and countless guests have benefited from his knowledge and passion for the bush.
This safari will take place on the Zambezi River, Zimbabwe, starting from Kariba Dam wall, and ends in Mana Pools National Park. Mana Pools National Park is a protected World Heritage Site.
All food is supplied and meals are of a good standard. Meat and poultry dishes are precooked, frozen and stored in a cooler box during the safari. Some fresh produce (fruit and vegetables) are provided on the safari.
Natureways Safaris do cater for dietary preferences, such as vegetarian or diabetic, however, they require advance warning - at least 14 days before the safari starts.
Tea, coffee, cordials, and imported wine with dinner are provided on this safari. Processed water is provided this trip. However, Natureways Safaris also provide two liters of bottled mineral water per person per day. Clients are therefore advised to bring their own minerals (soft drinks), beer, and spirits.
Clients will be able to purchase these before the trip when taken shopping prior to departure. Drinks must be bought in cans to reduce weight and space. A cooler box is set aside for keeping drinks cold. There are no opportunities to replenish stocks on the river.
During this safari, you may go fishing in your spare time.
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