Tamarind Canoe Trail


  • Exciting 4 day canoe trail on the Zambezi.
  • Be self sufficient for 4 days, a refreshing feeling.
  • Watch wildlife as it comes to the waters edge.
  • Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the beautiful river.

Open: The canoe trail operates year round but routes may vary. 

Location: The trail starts at Chirundu and you travel approx 75km downstream to Mana Pools.  You return to Kariba by 4x4 vehicle at the end of the trail.

Rooms: The dome tents accommodate up to two people and are equipped with camping mattresses. Sleeping bags and liners are provided. There are no ablution facilites, this is bush camping. Guests are provided with a spade, toilet paper and matches to burn the toilet paper. Bathing is done from a bucket using water scooped out of the Zambezi River.

 The trip begins with a 4x4 drive from Kariba to the start of the trail. 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. The trail ends at mid-morning on day 4, when you will be transferred back to Kariba in a 4x4.

Facilities: You'll be staying in fly camps and you erect your tents each evening. Meals are cooked over the camp fire. Wine is served with dinner and 2 litres of water per person per day is allocated.  You can carry your own extra cold drinks, beer, wine etc and a cool box will be provided. Beers and soft drinks should be purchased in cans where possible to reduce weight.

Dining: Meals are eaten communally. 

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 a strict luggage limit of 10kg per person on the trail. Extra luggage can be left at the main office in Kariba.

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