Mopane Safari

Mana Pools to Chawore

4 Days / 3 Nights

The Mopane Safari begins in Mana Pools and allows you to explore the shoreline of the National Park, Zimbabwes second World Heritage Site, up to Chewore. The journey is 70 km of the impressive Zambezi River. The Park is a full of game as well as 380 bird species and numerous mammals including elephant, buffalo, lion and variety of antelope.

Day 1 – Nyamepi

You will be transferred on the morning of your safari at 7:30am, there will be a short briefing to summarise what the safari entails and questions may be asked. Your group will be driven in an open 4x4 vehicles to Nyamepi (Mana Pools Main Camp). The canoes and kit will be off-loaded where the guide will give a safety talk and demonstration on how to paddle. Lunch will be served before you start paddeling to your first nights camp on Nyamatusi Island.

Day 2 – ‘G’ Camp

You will be woken early for tea, coffee and biscuits before a short morning’s paddle. Around midday stop for lunch and a brief siesta on the river bank till the midday heat passes. Canoeing will then continue on until the early evening. The second night’s stop is made at ‘G’ Camp in the channels.

Day 3 - Chewore High Sand Bank

Today is carried out the same as yesterday but the night’s camp being set up at Chewore High Sand Bank.

Day 4 – Chewore and Kariba

After breakfast, the camp will be packed up and you will depart at approximately 8am. On arriving at Chewore at 10am, canoes and equipment will be loaded on to the vehicle for the return trip to Kariba – a packed lunch is served en route. Arrival time in Kariba is approximately 3pm.

What to Bring:

Please keep all your luggage for the Safari to a maximum of 10kgs per person packed in a soft duffel bag, not a suitcase.

  • Swimming/bathing costume
  • Shorts and T-shirts
  • Personal Toiletries
  • Canvas shoes or rafting sandals
  • Hat with a wide brim
  • Jacket or sweater for the evenings
  • Shirts (including a long sleeved one for sun protection)
  • A kikoi (or sarong) to cover your legs to protect them from the sun
  • Torch or flashlight and extra batteries
  • Camera, film and spare camera batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Socks for winter nights
  • Warm clothes to sleep in during winter
  • Waterproof bags for personal items
  • Money for National Parks Fees as well as identification documents where relevant

Costs Include:

  • Road transfers from Kariba town to and from the safari - All transfers are in open 4x4 vehicles, please be advised that roads can be dusty and bumpy
  • All meals - We do cater for dietary preferences, such as vegetarian or diabetic however we require advance warning - at least 14 days
  • Drinks - including tea, coffee, cordials, imported wines with dinner and 2 litres of mineral water per person per day. No alcohol, other than wine with dinner each evening, or minerals are provided. We do supply adequate cooler boxes if guests would like to take their own alcohol, minerals and additional bottled water
  • All canoeing equipment - the canoes are two-man Canadian-style canoes, and the paddles are American Carlisle paddles
  • All camping equipment - two-man dome tents, sleeping bags, liners, mattress, flysheet
  • Fully qualified canoe guide

Not Included:

  • National Parks Fees