Great Zambezi Canoe Safari 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.



Meet at Zambezi Breezes Lodge in Chirundu at approx. 1000hrs for a 2 hour road transfer downstream to the launch site. After a briefing and lunch on the banks of the river we start our afternoon canoeing Mtondo Island for our first night camp, arriving at around 1700hrs. Canoeing on this day is kept to mainstream and is easy going with a strong current. We then set camp followed by tea/coffee, snacks and later dinner before retiring for the night.


Zambezi Canoe Safari starts early after morning tea/coffee and biscuits, approx. 0630hrs Depart Mtondo Island for downstream breakfast stop at approx. after 2hrs canoeing. Continue through into the Lower Zambezi National Park for lunch between 1230hrs to 1400hrs out of the midday sun. Canoe through to the 2nd nights camp on or around Chikwenya island weather permitting.

This day we cover a good 25km of river through both Manna Pools and the Lower Zambezi National Park.


On this day we canoe through off shoot river channels where birdlife and game abounds. Guides will stop at points of interest to observe wildlife from time to time. Some parts of the river at this point exceed 3km in width with a maze of channels to explore. Again both sides of the river at this point are flanked by superb national Parks where one is likely to see the highest concentration of game on the river. Tonight we set camp at G. Camp channels in a densely populated game area.


Today we exit Mana Pools and enter safari area on the south bank, while continuing through the Lower Zambezi National Park to the north. The river begins to narrow down and the current becomes stronger as the river progresses into what is known as the False Mupata Gorge. From this point the safari is confined to the main stream for approx. 30km as we pass through this scenic gorge with steep rock formations and cliff edges. Camp on this night is selected from one of many pristine sandy beaches on the mainland within the confines of the gorge.


This day is spent canoeing through the rest of the Mupata Gorge observing the 300 million year old volcanic rock formations that form part of the Great Rift Valley. Around mid-day the canoes exit the gorge and the guide proceeds through to Red cliffs for lunch and a break from the mid-day heat before continuing on to the nights Island camp site. However depending on connecting flights the following day following day the guide may consult with the team as to a more suitable camping site closer to the end point.

However we do recommend that connecting flights are caught the day after the safari ends so as not to rush the end of this trip.


Depending on the selection of camp site there is an early rise tea/coffee breakfast before the remaining paddle through to the end of the canoeing safari. The take out point is reached at approximately 0900hrs for the return transfer to Lusaka. This drive is in an open backed Land Cruiser with a shaded canopy. Alternatively, and depending on the group’s requirements and wishes, clients may continue to paddle on Day 5 through to the Feira take out point. This means the transfer will be able to leave earlier for the return 5 hour trip to Lusaka, but it means there will be no canoeing on the last day. Lunch is had on the way back on the road side under a tree.

Travel Periods

All year round


01 Dec 2020 – 30 Nov 2021US$ 1 760

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:


  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • Canoeing safari activities
  • Traditional Village Visit
  • All meals
  • Beverages
  • Treated water
  • Equipment
  • Qualified guides
  • Transfers to and from the immediate safari area
  • Return Airport Lusaka Transfers (to and from Lusaka)


National Park entry fees to be paid direct on arrival where applicable, premium drinks, International and regional transfers, Visa.

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