Natureways Safaris was established back in 1987 by the legendary guide Garth Thompson who had over 20 years experience in canoeing and walking safaris. His protégée James Varden then bought Natureways in 1997. James is still a Director and guide of Natureways and has established himself as one of Southern Africa’s leading guides. In an effort to offer the best African wilderness experience Natureways Safaris merged with Shearwater Canoeing Safaris in 2004. This merger enabled Natureways to offer both luxury mobile safari camps under their “Odyssey Safaris” banner and expeditionary style canoe safaris under their ‘Explorer Safaris’ banner.
Being an owner run company each safari is very personalised and can be tailored to each and every guest’s desires. The company has support teams in Harare, Kariba and Mana Pools National Park.
All Odyssey Safaris come with an experienced and knowledgeable professional guide who will lead you on your safari through the magnificent Zambezi Valley. Safaris are operated from 15th April – 15th November. Camps are fully backed up meaning you can sit back and relax in serenity of Mana Pools and the Zambezi. Camps have full waiter service, spacious walk in tents with en suite toilets and hot open air showers. All meals are freshly prepared on open campfires by our experienced bush cooks, and are enjoyed under the expanse of the African sky. Natureways have two semi-permanant camps set up for the season, Camp Chitake and Camp Zambezi from which you can explore different parts of the park and river.
Explorer Safaris (adventure canoe safaris)
Natureways Explorer Safaris offer guests an expeditionary styled canoe safari. Guest carry everything in their canoes in the same manner as the first Zambezi River explorers. Some trips run all year round, and other run April to October. Relax while floating leisurely with the current of the River taking in all the peace and tranquility of the untouched wilderness. Explorer Safaris are semi participatory and come with a fully qualified canoe guide who will navigate you down the great Zambezi. He will take care of the cooking, washing up and other camp tasks and being semi participatory, guests are free to help. Each Safari covers a different section on the Zambezi River each offering a unique experience in terms of scenery and wildlife for the individual intrepid explorer. Natureways believes in sustainable tourism and are aware of the delicate environment in which they operate. All Safaris are eco friendly, and they believe in leaving each campsite as nature made it.