Mana Shoreline Canoe Safari

Canoeing is a wonderful way to take in the tranquility of the bush, gliding past herds of animals often unaware or uncaring of our presence. Canoeing is done in 18 ft. Canadian style canoes, fitted with comfortable seats and cushions. Standard canoe trails are three nights, four days. This package includes a pre-night in Harare before you set off on your adventure!

No previous canoeing experience is necessary but guests need to be reasonably fit and healthy.
This is a semi-participation safari, which means you will be required to help set up your own tent each evening, as the camps are not pre built.   

Group Size: Minimum 2 people, maximum 8 people

Min age: 14 years

Departures: Mon / Tue / Fri / Sat for canoe safari, subject to availability

Includes: Return airport transfer to Mbizi Game Park, Harare. 1 night’s accommodation at Mbizi Game Park, incl. dinner, bed and breakfast. Scheduled return flight to Mana Pools Main airport. 3 nights’ accommodation in mobile tented camps, all meals with imported wines, local beers, spirits, mineral water, teas/coffees and cordials. Use of camping and canoe equipment, game activities and services of a professional guide. 

Excludes: Airport departure taxes, visa fees, optional activities, travel insurance, items of a personal nature such as souvenirs etc., national park fees unless stipulated.

Prices 2014*:
15 Apr 2014 - 15 Nov 2014
2 paxs: USD 2500
4 paxs: USD 2475
Single supplement: USD 20

*Please note these rates are subject to availability and may change according to rate of exchange fluctuations.

NOTE: This package is valid for international travellers.
Please enquire with our reservations office regarding SADC rates for this package.

Flights can be arranged on request.

Day 1: Harare, Zimbabwe
On arrival at Harare International Airport, you will be met and transferred to Mbizi Game Park where you will spend the first night. The lodge is situated 22 km from the city centre and is a refuge for giraffe, zebra (mbizi), warthog and various antelope roaming free about the property. [D]

Accommodation: Mbizi Game Park or similar (Standard room with en-suite bathroom)

Day 2:  Harare to Mana Pools National Park
In the morning you will be taken back to the airport in time for your scheduled flight to Mana Pools National Park, where you will be met by your guide and transferred to the first night’s camp. This offers you a leisurely game drive through the spectacular Mana Pools floodplain, an area with some of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Zimbabwe. Your guide will provide an overview of the various animals, birds and plants that make up this unique habitat. After a refreshing lunch break on arrival at “Camp Vundu”, you will be taken on a short drive to the launch spot near the confluence of the Ruckomechi and Zambezi Rivers where the professional guides give a full safety briefing and demonstration. We set off in our canoes and journey downstream back to camp, arriving around sunset. [BLD]

Accommodation: Vundu Tented Camp or similar (two man dome tent)

Day 3:  Mana Pools
We wake up early just as the dawn breaks in order to be in the canoes and on the water in time to watch the sunrise. This is one of the most magical times of the day and you will be enchanted as you drift along quietly, listening to the sounds of the African bush wakening. Paddle for a couple of hours before stopping for breakfast under a grove of acacia trees, after which we set off on a walk into the floodplains and surrounding woodlands. Returning to the canoes, we head downstream to an area renowned for its huge, old elephant bulls. This night’s camp, Chessa, overlooks a small channel, with a large grass plain separating it from the main Zambezi, 500 metres away. Frequently the plain hosts buffalo, waterbuck, elephant and hippo in the evenings. [BLD]

Accommodation: Camp Chessa or similar (two man dome tent)

Day 4:  Mana Pools         
Today follows the same basic itinerary as day three, with a predawn wake up, enjoying the sunrise whilst drifting down the Zambezi. However, on this day we will enter the “Wilderness Area” of Mana Pools National Park where limited access to people and vehicles is allowed. This day’s paddling is through a maze of small channels before once again joining the main Zambezi River and enjoying lunch on one of the shallow sandbanks in the middle of the river. Depending on water levels, there may be an opportunity to explore Chikwenya Island on foot. This unique Island is host to a prolific bird population and a number of interesting mammal species. In the afternoon you will paddle into Illala Camp to spend the last night. [BLD]

Accommodation: Illala Camp or similar (two man dome tent)

Day 5:  Departure

Depending upon your time of departure, there will be a short game drive to the airstrip where we bid you farewell. [B]

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