6-Day Zimbabwe River Voyage Lake Kariba to magical Mana Pools.

Starting fromUSD 1030 per person sharing

The Zimbabwe 6-Day River Voyage offers the thrilling experience of a river voyage on a canoe from the mysterious Lake Kariba to magical Mana Pools. The trip takes full advantage of the dry season and the lack of inland waters where by necessity, wildlife migrate in large numbers to the mighty Zambezi River. Perhaps most impressive about this tour is visiting islands that have eluded the digital clutches of Wikipedia and Google Maps. This is remote Africa at its purest. The safari as a whole covers 130 kilometers (80 miles) from start to finish. Each day an average of 21 kilometers (13 miles will be covered). Don't let this deter you; the river current does most of the work. The overall experience however, is not for the faint hearted. Hold on to your safari caps and prepare to pass through glorious surroundings.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - 2: Kariba Gorge, Zambezi River

After a safety briefing, your journey starts 8 kilometres (5 miles) downstream from the Kariba Dam Wall. Paddle 18 kilometres (11 miles) on the first day through the Kariba Gorge, a magnificent area made up of rolling hills and hidden valleys. Stop for a picnic-style lunch on the river banks where you'll have the opportunity to take a siesta or a snapshots. Arrive at your destination near to sunset where camp will be set up on Crocodile Rocks Island. Freshen up in a bucket bath, relax and have dinner after a brief safety talk on camping.

Day 2 - 3: Zambezi Valley

Today you'll be beyond the Kariba Gorge and in the Zambezi Valley. Paddle from Kariba Gorge, where the river opens up into flood plains in the Zambezi Valley, and view great numbers of wildlife. Stop for lunch and a rest at a suitable spot. In the early evening, as the skies turn pink and the heat settles over the placid waters, you'll reach your second campsite, Twin Logs Island.

Day 3 - 4: Kakoma Rara Island

Wake up at sunrise for beverages and biscuits then canoeing for a couple of hours. Stop for a leisurely breakfast before paddling a further 28 kilometres (17 miles). A packed lunch is taken on the river. At approximately 17h00 camp is set up on an island named Kako Marara.

Day 4 - 5: Lone Acacia Island

At sunrise, beverages and biscuits are offered before paddling 27 kilometres (16 miles) and stopping for a hearty breakfast. Resume the trip until midday and a well-earned lunch and rest,until mid afternoon (depending on the weather). Canoeing continues until early evening where camp will be set up on Lone Acacia Island for the night.

Day 5 - 6: Trichilia Island

Your adventure safari continues in the same pattern as the previous days with the night stop at Trichilia Island. Paddling will cover a total of 27 kilometres (16 miles). Game viewing is prolific - expect to see a variety of wildlife such as elephant, buffalo, impala, waterbuck, hippo, crocodile, lion, leopard and painted hunting dog, whilst gliding past in your canoe.

Day 6: Kariba

Paddling starts around 08h00, reaching Mana Pools two hours later. The canoes will be loaded onto the vehicles before for the drive back to Kariba, arriving at approximately 15h00 for the end of this remarkable journey.

What kind of traveller are you?

Our itineraries all follow the best possible routing, yet the quoted price can vary greatly based on the level of accommodation chosen. What kind of a traveller are you?


USD 1,030 per person sharing
  • Value focussed hotels and safari lodges
  • Safe and secure locations, we have personally visited and vetted
  • Typical 3-star level, clean and comfortable


USD 1,290 per person sharing
  • Mid-range hotels and safari lodges
  • Safe and secure locations, we have personally visited and vetted
  • Good locations in prime wildlife areas
  • Typical 4-star level, good service and attention to detail


USD 1,610 per person sharing
  • The top luxury hotels and safari lodges in Africa
  • Safe and secure locations, we have personally visited and vetted
  • Highly personalised attention to detail comparable to any 5star hotel worldwide
  • Sublime settings and wildlife location
  • The finest culinary experiences available in Africa

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