Goliath Canoeing Safari

Highlights: 
Canoe down the Zambezi where it’s at its most beautiful; bird watch at the tranquil pools; or maybe catch your first tigerfish.

About Goliath Canoeing Safaris

Goliath offers semi-participatory canoe trails in the Lower Zambezi Valley from Chirundu down to Chewore. A minimum of 4 guests are required in order to run a trail.

Kakomomarara  - Chirundu to Mana - 4days / 3nights - Departs Saturday
Chewore - Mana to Chewore - 5days / 4nights - Departs Tuesday

Arrival and departure
Canoe trails leave from either Chirundu or Mana depending on the trail selected. We are able to organize, as an added option, overnight accommodation at either Chirundu or Mana at the beginning of your trip. In Chirundu it will be at Jecha fishing camp and in Mana it will be at our tented camp. However should you not choose this option we will arrange with you beforehand where to meet you in order to proceed to the rivers edge for an early lunch before setting off. If you are flying into Kariba or Harare we are able to arrange transfers for you.

On the date of departure, you will get off the river late in the morning and be transferred back to your vehicle or our camp depending on your needs.

Guests may spend additional nights in our luxury tented camp in Mana Pools in order to add another dimension to their trips, namely walks and game drives. Please book this beforehand as the camp is often fully booked and cannot accommodate guests at late notice.

Canoes
No previous experience is required for any of our trails, just a sense of fun and adventure. Canoes are Canadian style with bucket seats and cushions and life jackets are provided. All food and luggage is carried in the middle of each canoe.

Guides
Our guides are all fully licensed and armed and have completed a Mars First Aid course. Canoe guides must have at least 1000hrs of canoeing  behind them in order to sit their licence and so are very experienced
There are various contact points along the river should any emergencies arise.

Equipment
All camping equipment is provided.
This includes tents, camping mattresses, sleeping bags with sleeping bag liners, cooking and eating utensils , tables and stools. Guests may bring their own sleeping bags if preferred.
All canoe trips are semi-participatory although all cooking and cleaning is done by our staff. All food is provided and consists of a cooked breakfast, a light lunch of cold meats and rolls and a cooked dinner. Tea and biscuits are provided along the way as are cordials. Wine is served with dinner. Guests may bring their own canned minerals or beers or spirits. Please advise us beforehand of any special dietary requirements.

Routine
A typical day starts with tea/coffee and biscuits at sunrise. The camp is packed up and a mornings easy paddling downstream with little to no wind and plenty of game-viewing and bird watching. Stops are made for breakfast and a light lunch. All stops are at places of interest and the overnight stop is at a site on one of the islands designated by National Parks. You will cover approximately 20kms/ day. The river has an average flow rate of 4km/hr so drifting downstream is always at a leisurely pace.

What to bring

  •     Swimming costume
  •     Shorts/ comfortable clothing
  •     Towel
  •     Hat with wide brim
  •     Personal toiletries
  •     Sandals
  •     Tracksuit/socks to sleep in for winter nights
  •     Sunscreen
  •     Insect repellant
  •     Camera/binoculars
  •     Torch
  •     Anti-malarial tablets
  •     Sense of fun and adventure
Tour Categories: 
Canoeing Safaris
This Tour Explores: 
Lake Kariba and Lower Zambezi