The Zambezi Valley
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At a glance
A superb canoe and walking safari in the Zambezi Valley in Zambia.
Trip Highlights
Start Destination
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What's included
  • All breakfasts
  • 7 lunches and 7 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners included. Meals are prepared for you but group members are asked to assist in preparation and washing up. Typical meals Breakfast: Cereals or coffee and toast when on early game drives or the occasional fried breakfast. Lunch: Fresh salads, cold meats, cheese, bread, condiments, fruit. Evening meal: Biggest meal of the day, stews, pasta, curry, local cuisine. Vegetarians can be catered for but given the difficulties of preparing different meals while wild camping, the variety of food may be limited. Please indicate special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian or allergies) when booking. We will supply the following drinks: fruit squash served with breakfast and lunch, and tea or coffee served with breakfast and dinner. There is always a plentiful supply of chlorinated water available (sometimes even chilled!) and we encourage you to drink water throughout the day to avoid dehydrataion. All other beverages will be at your own expense and can be purchased at the supermarket on Day 2.

Day 1
Depart London.
Depart London.
Day 2
Transfer to the Zambezi River.
After the arrival of the group flight in the early afternoon, we transfer to Nyamomba. Most of this road transfer to the start of the safari is on tar road with the last section of the journey being along a bush dirt track so a change to a 4WD vehicle is necessary. Depending on the time we arrive at the Zambezi River we will cross over to our evening campsite by canoe or motor boat to Nyamumba island. Dinner is prepared by the guide. Accommodation: Wild Camping
Day 3
Three days canoeing and wildlife watching on the Zambezi River, camping on remote islands.
We have three days canoeing with early starts as it is often better to canoe in the early hours when it is not so hot, and more importantly, when the easterly head wind is at its weakest. The pace is gentle to allow us to make the most of wildlife viewing opportunities. We look out for elephant feeding on the banks, basking crocodiles and numerous colourful bird species including the magnificent African Fish eagle. The list of species we spot may include buffalo, baboon, Vervet monkey, Pied kingfisher, Goliath heron, Carmine Bee eaters and maybe even lion! We will frequently pass pods of hippo basking in the deeper water who will no doubt be keeping an eye on us! There are few signs of human habitation throughout our time on the river. Lunches and breakfasts are either taken on islands or on the banks of the river. Accommodation: Wild Camping
Day 4
Second full day canoeing on the Zambezi River.
Second full day canoeing on the Zambezi River.
Day 5
Third full day canoeing on the Zambezi River.
Third full day canoeing on the Zambezi River.
Day 6
Morning canoeing; afternoon game walk and game drive in Game Management Area.
We canoe to the Chiawa Game Management Area, which is situated 18 kms from the Lower Zambezi National Park just opposite the Mana Pool, where we spend the night in our fly camp based on mainland. This is an area rich in wildlife and is renowned for the numerous elephant sightings. It is also home to warthog, waterbuck, impala, kudu, and rare Samango monkeys, with many riverene bird species including the Lilac-breasted roller. We have an afternoon game walk or game drive through the reserve where we hope to spot other nocturnal species such as genet, civet, hyena, porcupine, aardvark and if really lucky, the elusive leopard. Accommodation: Fly Camp in Game Management Area
Day 7
Canoe to Lower Zambezi N.P.; morning game walk; afternoon game drive back to camp.
Today we canoe from the Chiawa Game Management Area into the Lower Zambezi National Park (approximately 8km downstream). We have a morning game walk with a guide, and then have lunch in the park under the shade of the trees or on the banks of the Zambezi River. After lunch we will be taken on a game drive through the park back to our fly camp on the banks of the river in Game Management Area. If river water levels are too high in the winter months (May – July), due to excess water being released from Lake Kariba, we may use a boat transfer as certain road crossing may be flooded. Accommodation:Fly Camp in Game Management Area
Day 8
Transfer to our riverside camp.
We are transferred by road from our bush camp in the Game Management Area to Zambezi Breezes stopping en route where we will have the opportunity to visit a small primary school in Magurumeno village. The school has a high percentage of orphans and no means of funding; if you would like to help the children please bring along educational toys, reading books suitable for young children (aged 3 -7), games, and school supplies. You may wish to donate a few Kwacha if you have any left, but please do this collectively and keep the sums small. The money will be used to primarily fund teachers who are underpaid. Should river conditions necessitate we may use a boat transfer back to Zambezi Breezes where required. Accommodation: Zambezi Breezes or similar
Day 9
Transfer to Lusaka; depart.
An early start today; after breakfast we transfer approximately 3-4 hrs to Lusaka International Airport for our flight to London.
Day 10
Arrive London
Arrive London.
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