Mana Pools Shoreline
4 days / 3 nights
The Mana Shoreline Canoe Safari is a luxurious mobile camp with leisurely canoeing to each camp, lasting 3 nights and 4 days that follows Zambezi River through the Mana Pool National Park, all tailor made to suite you. View game in a unique way as you glide up to elephants crossing the Zambezi or game coming down to the river to drink.
The adventure begins near the confluence of the Ruckomechi River and Zambezi River and continues along the Mana Pools shoreline to Illala Camp across from Chikwenya Island in the Mana Pools ‘Wilderness Area.’
You will be accompanied by a fully qualified professional guide that can guide your canoeing expedition, take you on guided walks and game drives through the National Parks.
You will be awakened early; warm water will be placed in a basin outside your tent, while freshly brewed coffee awaits you on the campﬁre. Enjoy freshly made breakfast before setting out on a safari. There is the option of going for an early morning walk, game drive or fishing before breakfast.
Day 1 – Mana Pools and Vundu
After being collected by the guide, take a leisurely game drive through the spectacular Mana Pools ﬂoodplain to the ﬁrst night’s campsite. On arrival at “Vundu”, the ﬁrst camp, met by the welcome smiles of our support staff, lunch will be served.
After lunch, take a short drive to the canoe launch-spot near the conﬂuence of the Ruckomechi and Zambezi Rivers. Here, the guide will give a full safety brieﬁng, pointing out where all equipment - such as the ﬁrst aid kit - is kept, as well as explaining what to do in an emergency. The brieﬁng also covers the basic techniques of steering and controlling the Canadian-style 5.5m (18 ft.) canoes. Then it’s time to start paddling downstream back to Vundu camp which allows you to practice your new canoeing skills.
Day 2 - Chessa
After breakfast, pack up your personal kit while the support staff load the canoes with all required for the day ahead.
The aim is to be in the canoes and on the water in time to watch the sunrise. As one of the most magical times of day, you will be enchanted as you drift along quietly, listening to the sounds of the African wild wakening to a new day.
While heading downstream to an area renowned for its huge, old elephant bulls, the guide will try to time the trip to catch them swimming or wading out to the grass islands, where the canoes will be able to glide quietly alongside these awesome giants. Their age makes them placid enough that they tend to ignore the canoes.
This night’s camp, Chessa, overlooks a small channel, with a large grass plain separating it from the main Zambezi, 500 metres away. Frequently the plain hosts buffalo, waterbuck, elephant and hippo in the evenings.
Day 3 – Mana Pools National Park, Mbera River floodplain and Illala Camp
Drifting down the Zambezi and enter the “Wilderness Area” of Mana Pools National Park where there is limited access to people and vehicles. Enjoy breakfast on the Mbera River ﬂoodplain with the day spent paddling through a maze of small channels before once again joining the main Zambezi.
Dependant on the water levels, there may be an opportunity to explore Chikwenya Island on foot. This unique island and is host to proliﬁc bird life as well as a number of interesting mammal species. In the afternoon you will paddle into Illala Camp to spend the last night in the rustic luxury of the Odyssey Camp.
Day 4 - Nyamepi
Enjoy an early morning walk before breakfast or a well-deserved lie in! After, there will be a short game drive to the airstrip or Nyamepi main camp where we will bid you farewell!
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