Overnight Canoeing Trips
Overnight canoe trips give you a chance to truly experience the Upper
Zambezi River - if you like adventure and have a love of nature and the
outdoors then one of these trips should definitely be included in your
Canoe safari with overnight camping in the Zambezi National Park
Just a few kilometres upstream of the impressive
Falls and within the
National Park, one can spend a few days paddling class 1 and 2 rapids while
enjoying the sights and sounds of the mighty
Zambezi River. The inflatable canoes glide quietly downstream making them unbeatable for bird and game viewing
yet are perfectly stable to handle the little bits of white water encountered.
The overnight canoeing trips are lead by a professional canoe guide, whose
direction and instructions you follow whilst paddling your own canoe (no
previous experience is necessary). You get to experience some small rapids (depending on the trip),
but nothing hectic and certainly nothing like the lower Zambezi River rapids
Victoria Falls white-water
rafting so famous.
The camping on the overnight canoeing trips is at Kalai River Camp, a mobile camp located 25kms
upstream from the
Falls on the banks of the Zambezi river.
It is not a luxury lodge, but rather a comfortable and rustic bush camp. Backed by a team of staff that set up the
site for you and prepare your drinks and food. Kalai River Camp has large
walk-in tents with camping beds and bedding already made for you. Other
amenities include a water basin which is filled with hot water for you each
morning, a lantern, bedside table and hand towels. Also for your convenience is
a portable toilet and a hot shower!
Dining is al-fresco (under the stars)
and a table is set up by the river bank with stunning views of the river. Lunches are taken on remote sandbanks with the sound of the Zambezi
flowing gently by.
Not enough people who come to Victoria Falls get to really experience the
Zambezi River and its beauty, most people do a simple sunset river cruise but these canoe trips give
you that chance, they are unique, exciting and beautiful. I am a firm believer
that if you like adventure and have a love of nature and the outdoors then these
overnight canoe trips should definitely be included in your itinerary.
There are a few overnight canoeing trips available, and itineraries are as follows:
Clients are collected at 16h00 and take an hour and a half game drive 25km into the Zambezi National Park in an open vehicle, arriving at Kalai River camp before sunset for dinner and drinks. There is no canoeing on
the first day.
This day begins with a full English breakfast and the guide will then give a thorough briefing, which will cover; conditions of the river, rapids, canoeing instruction, safety and general information. You will be asked to sign an indemnity form. The full day is spent canoeing (18kms) downstream, running small grade one and two rapids, exploring channels, bird and game viewing. The Kandahar Rapids are run on this day. A picnic lunch is served on the mainland or
on an island. Cold soft-drinks, mineral water and beers are served at the take out point and clients are back in Victoria Falls around 14h30.
Two Day Two Night Safari
Guests are collected from Victoria Falls Town at
16h00 and take an hour 25km road game drive into the National Park in an open
vehicle, arriving at Kalai River camp before sunset for dinner and drinks. There is no canoeing on the first day.
A full English breakfast is served in the morning before an hour game drive upstream to the launch point.
The guide will give a thorough briefing, which will cover; conditions of the river and rapids, canoeing instruction, safety and general information. Clients will be asked to sign an indemnity form.
The second day is spent canoeing 18kms downstream, running small grade one and two rapids, exploring channels and bird and game viewing. This day includes the Sansimba rapids.
A picnic lunch is served on the mainland or an island.
Clients will arrive in camp in the afternoon for tea.
In the morning a full English breakfast is served after which the clients board their canoes, the
third day is spent canoeing another 18kms downstream towards the Falls and include the Kandahar Rapids.
The scenery, channels and the rapids on both respective days are very different.
Once again lunch is served on a remote island or sandbank. Cold soft-drinks, mineral water & beers are served at the
take-out point and clients are then transferred a short distance to Victoria Falls arriving at about 14h30.
• All meals and drinks (Limited beer and soft-drinks, mineral water and mineral water on camping days. 1 Bottle of wine per 2 guests per day.)
• Return transfers from Victoria Falls town
• Accommodation (on a sharing basis)
• Game drive
• Use of canoe and safety equipment
• River usage fee
• Airport transfer (which can be arranged at booking)
• Premium brand drinks
What to Bring
• Warm clothing in winter
• Sunscreen is critical
• A hat is strongly advised
• Polarised sunglasses, raft-appropriate sandals/shoes, t-shirt, shorts, swimming attire
• Camera (with spare storage), binoculars
• We strongly advise that you include mosquito/insect repellent
• Any medication you may require
Things to Note
• Minimum 4 people for a trip
• Children from 7 upwards can canoe if accompanied by a parent and fit into a lifejacket. Management retain the right to refuse a child who they feel is unsuitable for the activity for any reason.
• Prior canoe experience is not required
• Safaris generally operate from 1st April through to 30th November
(depending on the seasons rain - please
check with us
• During winter months (April, May, June, July and August), the evenings, nights and early mornings will be very cold. Clients must bring their own warm clothing
Full Day Canoeing Safaris
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