Day 1: Briefing and Beginning (18 KM)
We will pick you up on the morning of your safari at 7:30am, in good time for a check-in at base camp, allowing time for handing in extra luggage and valuables. PLEASE DO NOT TAKE YOUR PASSPORT ON THE RIVER. There will be a short briefing to summarize 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 briefng, 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 the 1.5kms 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.
Lunch is picnic-style affair after which there will be time for a siesta to avoid the worst heat of the day at which time canoeing recommences. At approximately 5pm you will arrive and set up camp on an island named Crocodile Rocks. There will be time to have a bucket bath, relax and eat dinner after a brief safety talk on camping.
Day 2: Zambezi Valley (27 KM)
You will be woken at sunrise for tea, coffee and biscuits before canoeing a couple of hours and then stopping for a leisurely breakfast. After breakfast you will set off once again, enjoying 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, the second campsite at Twin Logs Island, will be reached.
Day 3: Departure (20KM)
Up at sunrise for tea, coffee, biscuits and breakfast before going on the river.
Between 10:30 and 11:00am the pick-up point at Chirundu will be reached. Here the equipment will be loaded for the return trip to Kariba or Kariba airport. Arrival back in Kariba is estimated to be 3pm.
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The Marula Safari starts 8km below the Kariba dam wall and ends in Chirundu covering a total of 59km from start to finish. The safari will travel 18km through the Kariba Gorge which is narrow and steep sided, after the Gorge the terrain opens up offering an abundant variety of birdlife and antelope, elephants and buffalo can be seen on this stretch of the river.
What to Know
- This tour accepts children who are 14 years and older
- The itinerary of this tour can be customized
- This tour has fixed departure dates. Trips leave Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
- You will be in a canoe on open waters.
About the Destination
Zimbabwe is nature's wonderland. From its source in northern Zambia, until it empties its life-giving waters into the Indian Ocean in Mozambique, the mighty Zambezi River travels over 2700km. The legendary river enters Zimbabwe at the Zambezi-Chobe confluence close to Kazungula, where the boundaries of Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe merge. The river is broad and shallow and scattered with outcrops of basalt rock. There are numerous islands which abound in rich vegetation, wild animals and birds. The waters harbour many species of fish and hippos and crocodiles can be observed. The variety of trees is extensive including the fascinating baobabs and ilala palms. Kandahar Island is close to the Victoria Falls whose high and thundering smoke-like spray can be spotted in the distance. Beyond the Falls, the river travels through a series of basalt gorges with numerous rapids, offering the famous whitewater rafting. The white water ends near the Deka Gorge where the river widens into the upper reaches of Lake Kariba. 220 kilometres downstream and below Kariba wall, the Zambezi flows for some 20 km through a sheer gorge before expanding over a flat alluvial plain. Elephant and lion wander close to the camps. The low and somewhat mystical roar of a lion at night and the trumpeting of elephants combine with the haunting cry of the African Fish Eagle in making a visit to this sublime part of the Zambezi Valley, an unforgettable experience.
Things to Do
- Glide Along Next to Hippos
- Observe a Vast Array of Wild Life
- Camp in the Wilderness
How to get there
We recommend flying to Harare Airport (HRE) or Lusaka Airport (LUN). An airport pick-up and return is included with this tour. You can use Skyscanner.com to see what flights are available to Harare or Lusaka airport, but please confirm your tour dates and availability with aSuiteStay prior to booking your flights.
- 10 Sleeps
What is Included
The rate includes Zimbabwe National Parks Fees which have to be paid directly to Parks on arrival.
$10 per person per day River Usage Fee.
$20 per person per night Camping Fee.
- 2% Government Tourism Levy
- 15% VAT on Local Tourists
- ALL National Parks Fees
- Transfers to and from the Safari to Kariba Town
- All meals and snacks.
- Drinks include water, cordials, imported wine with dinner, tea and coffee.
- All camping and canoe equipment.
- Guide fees.
Rate Does Not Include:
- Soft drinks and alcohol
- International flights
- Expenses of personal nature
This has fixed departure dates (Tuesdays, Saturdays, Sundays). The departure dates otherwise can be customized. The final departure dates will depend on the client's preferences and availability of accommodations and/or other components of this tour
- United States Citizens: Visa Upon Arrival traveling on tourism or business, for a max. stay of 3 months. Fees vary between USD $ 75.00 and USD $ 135.00. Only Available at Harare (HRE) and Victoria Falls (VFA) International Airports.
- Zimbabwe tourist visa is not required for citizens of United Kingdom or France for a stay up to 90 days.
From USD 879 per person sharing, excl. international flight
- Includes everything listed under "What is Included"
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