This safari includes a variety of activities as the Zambezi River flows through the flood plains of the Mana Pools region. The additional activities on this safari provide a greater range of game watching opportunities as well as the opportunity to meet and interact with the local inhabitants. This could include going visiting a local orphanage, school, or community, as well as going on wildlife drive and walk. These canoeing safaris are self-sufficient in that all supplies and equipment are transported in the canoes for the duration of the journey. During the visitors’ participation in setting up their tents, organizing their bedding, and generally assisting to load and unload their canoes, guides cook meals. The first two nights are spent wild camping on islands, and the final two nights are spent in an already-built fly camp on the banks of the river with walk-in tents, mattresses.
After breakfast, meet the guides for a trip briefing before departing from Zambezi Breezes at approximately 10:00 a.m. Spend about two hours paddling before stopping for lunch under a tree on the Zambezi River’s banks. Stop for lunch and a small break for around 2 hours outside of the warmest period of day. We paddle around 15 km through side channels of the main river system today before arriving at Kakomarara Island, our first overnight island camp site, which is tucked between two hills.
Early in the morning, after tea or coffee and biscuits, canoeing begins. After around two hours of traveling downstream, leave the island camp for the breakfast stop. Continue on to a shady lunch stop from approximately 12:30 to 14:30 in the afternoon shade. Later in the evening return to the camp site for night camping and dinner.
Get up early, drink some tea or coffee, and then paddle through our fixed fly camp after a late breakfast (900 hours). We drive through the wildlife management area after breakfast before leaving for a village tour. After returning for a late lunch around 1400 hours, there will be a break from activities. We start our 2-hour night game drive after a leisurely meal. After coffee and a campfire, retire for the evening rest.
Get up early, enjoy a delicious breakfast, and afterwards prepare your belongings for the approximately 3-hour return journey to Zambezi Breezes. Around 1200 hours, cross the pontoon across the Kafue River. to 1300 hours, arrive to Zambezi Breezes for lunch. Sit back and unwind at Zambezi Breezes or take the return transfer to Lusaka to catch your flight back home.
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