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Mana Canoe Trails

Mana Pools National Park

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Mana Canoe Trails overview

If you are looking for something a little out of the ordinary then why not try Mana Canoe Trails. Somewhat different to a normal safari, your days are spent on the Zambezi river, as you paddle from fly-camp to fly-camp taking in the wonderful scenery and the wildlife that the river sustains.  You don't have to be a fitness fanatic to partake in a canoe safari but a modicum of fitness is advised as each day you will travel 20-25km as you travel from one camp to the next along the Zambezi shoreline in Mana Pools National Park. There is also a possibility to enjoy some short walking safaris too giving you the opportunity to encounter more wildlife.

Each day as you are paddling downstream, your camp is moved to the next location, so when you arrive, everything is set up and waiting for you on the banks of the river. You can enjoy a hearty meal and good conversation around the fire before retiring to your simple, but comfortable dome tent for the night. In total the trip is about 65km and the paddling is mostly with a gentle current, flowing downstream. You are likely to see a plethora of elephant, hippos and crocodiles and there will be some plains game too, grazing on the river banks. You will be accompanied by a qualified guide and a maximum of 7 additional guests on this three night trip. 


Location: The trail starts around 50km downstream from Ruckomechi and extends approximately 65km east.

Rooms: The dome tents accommodate up to two people and are equipped with camp beds and linen. A private bucket shower is set up at the rear of each tent. A small bedside table houses insect repellent.

  You'll be paddling on the Zambezi in 18-foot Canadian canoes which take 2 people. They are comfortable and stable. Each person is given a single paddle. You'll be setting out just after dawn each day, while predators are still active and may be spotted, stopping to enjoy a hearty brunch and a well-earned siesta around midday. You'll head out again in the comparative cool of the afternoon, reaching camp before nightfall. Each day may vary but you get the general idea.

Facilities: You'll be staying in fly camps, support staff travel ahead and set up each day. Meals are cooked over the camp fire. 

Dining: Meals are eaten communally under the night sky. 

Children: Children of 14 years and over are welcome to join the canoe trail. 

Health: This is a malarial area. 

Communication: There is no internet access on the trail.

Notes: Most of the paddling is with a gentle current, but a reasonable level of fitness is required. There is no luggage limit as your possessions will be transported by 4x4 together with the support staff.

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