Trips are generally 2 or 3 nights – with a night at the start and end at either Vundu or Ruckomechi Camp. Canoeing is a unique experience unlike any other. Easy paddling and no prior canoe experience is necessary. You will be covering an average of 20km a day in a 3 km current exploring the narrow channels and open water game viewing along the way. Paddling up to Elephants, Buffalo, hippos and numerous birds’ that live on the banks and feed in the water. Guides carry VHF radio so they have communications with the main camp and back up vehicles. They also carry satellite phones on each canoe trip .
Being a small owner run company allows the freedom to change and adapt trips to enhance the enjoyment of each group that travels. Groups are generally kept small and personalized.
A typical 3 night trip is described by Nick Murray below:
“We like guests to fly into the Mana West strip so we can launch at the Rukomechi River and have lunch a short distance downstream. Arriving at Vundu at Sunset, after having canoed about 12km. That evening after settling in there will be snacks and drinks before dinner.
The next morning after a light breakfast, we launch from Vundu and start off for Chesa, 22 km downstream. We normally canoe for a couple of hours before getting out for a walk. After the morning walk we have a full breakfast of bacon and eggs, tomatoes, salads and fresh camp bread. We leave the lunch spot early afternoon, normally the time when the elephants are moving out onto the islands, which is a great way to spend an afternoon on the Zambezi , gently drifting up the these bulls quietly in your canoe . Whilst we are canoeing down the river we have a team of men setting up our camp for the night at the next camp site, Chesa. We will arrive at camp anywhere between 4-6 in the afternoon. If time allows we have some tea and take a game drive so people get to see a little of the inside of the Park, and the evening drives are good for spotting predators. Dinner is under the stars on the banks of the river, where you will hear hippos snorting and bellowing and lions calling in the distance.
In the morning we set off after a light breakfast, again canoeing for an hour before setting off on foot for another adventure. This area is called the Nyamatusi Wilderness, in the heart of Mana, where there is a resident pride of lions, whose tracks we often find and track down the pride .The area also abounds with buffalo and elephant. This is a really wild section of river, and one of our favourite as you get that feeling that you are the only people on this the most wild of continents. There are many channels to explore, where you will encounter buffalo and elephant and occasionally lions from the canoe, or just soak up the splendour of the valley (there is some excellent tiger fishing along this stretch!). After 24km of canoeing we arrive at Ilala campsite near the Sapi River. This is the final night and is one of the most spectacular sites you will find anywhere.
On the morning of departure, we have a full breakfast, and most often take a slow walk to the Sapi River through wonderful woodland thickly shaded and full of birds and animals. We visit a Tonga burial site in a hollow baobab, visit one of the largest baobabs in the country and then take you to your plane as it comes in for landing over head to a nearby strip.”
Accommodation: Mobile tents are walk in with large beds and paraffin lamps. Every tent has an en-suite bathroom with a flush toilet and bucket shower.
Other Camp Features: All meals and snacks are provided.
Activities: If you arrive on time in the afternoon on the first day there is a possibility for a game drive
Child Policy: Not suitable for children under 12 years
Season: 1st May – 15th November