CANOEING SAFARI

Enjoy a grade 2 canoeing experience, with a chance to view hippo, crocodile, elephant, giraffe and numerous birdlife.

CANOEING SAFARIS

The Upper Zambezi River is a beautiful place for canoeing, with stunning vegetation such as ebonies, water berries, palms and a tremendous variety of acacia and Albizia. The Canoe Trail whilst operated in Zambia passes through National Parks located in Zimbabwe, and the pristine bush land of Zambia where there is a possibility of chances to see game such as hippo, crocodile, elephant, giraffe and numerous birdlife. On offer are ½ day, full day or an overnight trip where the evening is spent in tents by the riverside and a delicious meal and cool drinks are enjoyed under the beautiful African skies.

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Safari Par Excellence started running Canoeing Safaris in the Lower Zambezi National Park in 1991. Now Safari Par Excellence operates Canoe Safaris from Livingstone on the Upper Zambezi, this is the section of the Zambezi River up stream of the Victoria Falls. This section of the Zambezi River offers great wildlife viewing with the excitement of running small Grade 2 rapids.

If paddling your own canoe is too much of a challenge, a less challenging option is a Raft Float Safari. In place of canoes we use rafts with a frame and oars for the guide. Paddles are provided for the clients but if you woud sooner realx and let the guide do all he work no problem. When rafting on the upper Zambezi river, Safpar uses state of the art eight person inflatable rafts, these craft are incredibly stable when running small rapids yet are easy to manouver and paddle.

The Zambezi river above the Victoria Falls changes its nature continuously, from wide open expanses of water to narrow tree lined channels meandering between the myriad of rock and sand islands. Game is abundant, species that may be encountered include Hippo, Crocodile, Elephant, Waterbuck, the elusive Cape Clawless Otter and hundreds of bird species.

While on the river safety is our major concern, a full safety briefing is given before the safari commences, paddle training is given on dry land and then perfected on the river. The guide is always accompanied by a trainee/paddler, a comprehensive first aid kit and communications equipment is always carried.

Based out of The Victoria Falls Waterfront, Safpar operate half day safaris departing and returning to Livingstone. Upper River Raft Float Safaris are ideal for larger groups, up to a maximum of 80.

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Safari Par Excellence started running Canoeing Safaris in the Lower Zambezi National Park in 1991. Now Safari Par Excellence operates Canoe Safaris from Livingstone on the Upper Zambezi, this is the section of the Zambezi River upstream of the Victoria Falls. This section of the Zambezi River offers great wildlife viewing with the excitement of running small Grade 2 rapids.

If you are a camping enthusiast or are aspiring to be why not get away from the world for the night with an Overnight Canoe Safari. A day canoeing is followed by a night camping at a permanent camp site on the banks of the Zambezi. The camp site overlooks the National Park on the Zimbabwean bank, as the sun comes down plentiful game can often be seen drinking.

When canoeing on the Zambezi River Safpar uses state of the art two person inflatable canoes. These craft are incredibly stable when running small rapids yet are easy to manoeuvre and paddle.

The Zambezi River above the Victoria Falls changes its nature continuously, from wide open expanses of water to narrow tree lined channels meandering between the myriad of rock and sand islands. Game is abundant, species that may be encountered include Hippo, Crocodile, Elephant, Waterbuck, the elusive Cape Clawless Otter and hundreds of bird species.

Camping is a treat for all outdoor enthusiasts. We like clients to get involved with building camp, helping to prepare food and collecting wood. All camping equipment is delivered to the camp site by vehicle. All meals are freshly prepared by the guides, local beers and local spirits are included. Feel free to bring your own bottle of your favourite tipple.

While canoeing safety is our major concern, a full safety briefing is given before the safari commences, paddle training is given on dry land and then perfected on the river. The canoe guide is always accompanied by a trainee/paddler, a comprehensive first aid kit and communications equipment is always carried.

Safari Par Excellence started running Canoeing Safaris in the Lower Zambezi National Park in 1991. Now Safari Par Excellence operates Canoe Safaris from Livingstone on the Upper Zambezi, this is the section of the Zambezi River up stream of the Victoria Falls. This section of the Zambezi River offers great wildlife viewing with the excitement of running small Grade 2 rapids.

When canoeing on the Zambezi river Safpar uses state of the art two person inflatable canoes. these craft are incredibly stable when running small rapids yet are easy to manouver and paddle.

The Zambezi river above the Victoria Falls changes its nature continuously, from wide open expances of water to narrow tree lined channels miandering between the mirriad of rock and sand islands. Game is abundant, species that may be encountered include Hippo, Crocodile, Ellephant, Waterbuck, the ellusive Cape Clawless Otter and hundreds of bird species.

While canoeing safety is our major cancern, a full safety briefing is given before the safari commences, paddle training is given on dry land and then perfected on the river. The canoe guide is always acompanied by a trainee/paddler, a comprehensive first aid kit and comunications equipment is always carried.

Based out of The Victoria Falls Waterfront, Safpar operate half day and full day safaris departing and returning to Livingstone. The shorter half day safari is ideal for those with limited time, a full day safari includes lunch on a shady island offering a peacefull break and a chance to explore.

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LOWER ZAMBEZI CANOEING

These canoeing safaris have been operating for over 27 years along the Lower Zambezi River and are catered to adventure seekers wishing to undergo a unique canoeing experience combined with wildlife viewing at its best. Canoeing offers a superb, quiet way of approaching wildlife. The trips are led by professional guides through and along the banks of the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia and the Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe, the latter of which is a World Heritage Site.

Area: Chirundu – Mtondo

Activities: Canoeing, traditional village visit

Duration: 2 nights, 3 days

Distance: Approximately 56km, overnight Island camps

This short canoeing safari is ideally suited to those wishing to get a feel of the area but don’t have the time to cover the longer stretches of the river. Hippopotamus, elephant, buffalo, crocodile, various plains game and an array of birdlife can be seen on these safaris.

This canoeing trip is totally self-contained with all equipment and supplies carried in the canoes for the duration of the trip. Guides prepare meals while guests participate in erecting their tents, sorting out their bedding and helping with the general loading and unloading of their canoes.

Area: Chirundu to the Chongwe confluence

Activities: Participatory canoeing

Duration: 3 nights, 4 days

Distance: Approximately 72km

This popular canoeing safari is spent camping on selected islands along the Lower Zambezi River as it makes its way through the flood plains of the Mana-pools region. This unique river experience encompasses much of what the best of the Zambezi River has to offer.

These canoeing safaris are self-contained with all the safari equipment being carried in the canoes for the duration of the trip. Guides prepare meals while the guests participate in erecting their tents, sorting out their bedding and general loading and unloading of their canoes

Area: Chirundu to the Chongwe River

Activities: Canoeing, walk, community, game drive

Duration: 4 nights, 5days

Distance: Approximately 72km on water, followed by land activities

This safari incorporates several activities along the Zambezi River as it passes through the flood plains of the Mana Pools region. The additional activities on this safari offer a wider variety of game viewing options and a chance to meet and interact with the local community. This may include a visit to a local orphanage / school / village as well as game drives and walks. These canoeing safaris are self-contained in that all equipment / supplies are carried in the canoes for the duration of the canoeing trip. Guides prepare meals while the guests participate in erecting their tents, sorting out their bedding and helping with general loading and unloading of their canoes. The first two nights are spent wild camping on islands with the last two nights being spent in a pre-established fly camp on the banks of the river with walk in tents, beds, and shared ablution amenities.

Area: Zambezi National Park / Mana Pools

Activities: Canoeing with walks on request

Duration: 5 nights, 6 days

Distance: 163km canoeing on remote islands and gorges

This safari is geared more towards the canoeing enthusiast who is looking for an added element of excitement. This is the only trip of its kind in Zambia that takes one through the entire length of the floodplains of the Lower Zambezi to the remote Mupata Gorge before ending at the confluence of the Zambezi and Luangwa Rivers. On this safari clients can explore the numerous back channels of the Zambezi along with spectacular basalt rock formations of the Mupata Gorge as the river winds its way towards the Indian Ocean. As these trips involve more detailed organization, they only depart on a few selected dates every year or on request for group bookings. This trip passes through both the entire Zambian Lower Zambezi National Park on the left and the full length of the Mana pools National Park on the right ending at the Luangwa / Zambezi confluence. Optional 5hr road transfer back to Lusaka or a 1hr chartered flight out may be arranged on request. The cost of the air charter is not included in the price of this safari while the road transfer is.

PACKAGES & BOOKINGS

Half day canoe trail
AM only
Full day canoe trail
2 day, 1 night canoe trail
Overnight at a camp site on the Zambezi River
Zambezi river float
Rafts only
River float & elephant interaction
Age Restriction
The minimum age for canoe trips is 12 years (no child rate). There is no maximum age but clients must be of a reasonable fitness.

PLEASE NOTE: $10pp ZAWA park fees are applicable on activities that take place in the National Parks, Rafting, Elephants, Lions, Game Drive and Sunset Cruise, depending on where you are staying, as this fee is included in some accommodation options, you will be advised at time of booking / enquiry.

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