- March – December
- SATSA (Southern Africa Toursim Services Association)
- BirdLife South Africa
- Test: No
The Island Trail Canoe Safari takes you on a four-day, nature-lover adventure down the Zambezi River. You will spend your days floating along the quiet river viewing the wildlife, birds and beautiful sceneries, and enjoy your evenings camping under the milky way with the beautiful sounds of the river flowing past.
All your equipment will travel down the river with you to the various islands, and you’ll be accompanied the whole way by well-trained and experienced guides, who will also prepare all your meals, and help you to erect camp each evening. You will camp on various river-islands along the way as you travel through the Lower Zambezi Valley, the Chiawa Game Management Area, and Mana Pools National Park.
The Lower Zambezi National Park is the newest of Zambia’s exceptional, undeveloped wildlife areas. And together with Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools Reserve the area provides a massive transfrontier wildlife sanctuary. Most activities are concentrated along the Zambezi as this is what draws the animals and aside from game drives and walking safaris, the area offers canoe trips and tiger fishing.
What to Expect
- 3 nights’ camping in some of Zambia’s most picturesque places
- Travelling about 70 kilometres downstream by canoe
- The newest of Zambia’s exceptional, undeveloped wildlife areas
- Big Five viewing from the river
- Well trained and experienced guides
- 18ft two-man Canadian-style canoes
- No children under the age of 15
Day 1: Kakomalala Island
After your pre-trip briefing, you’ll waste no time on beginning your river journey. After about an hour of good canoeing, you will park-off on a river bank for a lunch stop before paddling on to the first evening’s campsite on Kakomalala Island. This is a total canoeing distance of approximately 15 kilometres along channels with an average of flow-rate of three to four kilometres an hour.
Meals: Lunch and dinner
Day 2: Magurumeno / Mtondo Island
Wake up to tea and biscuits around the campfire before heading off on your first full day of canoeing – approximately 25 kilometres. Along the way, you will stop for a breakfast- and lunch-break, and then proceed to Magurumeno or Mtondo Islands depending on distances covered by the group that day.
Meals: Tea, breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 3: Elephant / Nyamangwe Island
The daily routine is much the same as day two – but you’ll now be traversing your canoe through the lower Zambezi flood-plain region, and well into the Mana Pools section of the river. After a paddle of around 25 kilometres, you will overnight at Elephant or Nyamangwe Islands depending on the group’s progress.
Meals: Tea, breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 4: Departure
On your last minute, you’ll have breakfast on the island before heading out on your last leisurely paddle covering between five and seven kilometres. You will be met at the take-out point by some off-road vehicles on which your canoes and equipment will be loaded, and you are transferred back to Zambezi Breezers Lodge.
You will head back to the Zambezi Breezers Lodge through a wildlife area, pass several rural villages and dwellings, and stop for lunch before crossing the Kafue River by barge. You will have time here to catch a connecting flight to Lusaka, or alternatively spend an additional night at a lodge on the banks of the Zambezi.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Get back into nature and make your safari as real as can be. Spend your evenings by the fire, underneath the stars, and camp-out in two-man, mosquito-netted tents – allowing you a full view of the night sky and maximum ventilation. You can fall asleep to the sounds of the bush, with no distractions from the outside world.
The tent comes along with two, fold-out mattresses, sleeping bags, sheet liners and pillows, but guests may bring their own sleeping bags or pillows if desired. Other equipment provided includes cooler boxes, tables, chairs, gas cookers, melamine crockery, cutlery, plus other practical items to ensure your comfort while on safari.
All prices are subject to change due to availability, season, number of guests and special requests.
It is advised that guests take out the necessary travel insurance to cover any costs of lost baggage, flight cancellations or curtailment. Navigate Africa Safaris cannot be held responsible for any costs incurred by airlines.
It is compulsory for guests to have comprehensive medical insurance to cover them for any medical costs that may result in injuries or illnesses.
All guests travelling with Navigate Africa Safaris are covered for emergency evacuation. Should there be a situation where you are ill or injured and the conditions are life threatening – we will arrange an emergency evacuation for you.
SATSA (Southern Africa Tourism Services Association)
BirdLife South Africa
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