During the canoe activities from day two to six, you will be accommodated in a camping tent provided by Absolute Zambia Safaris. Two-person mosquito made bow tents are used. These provide for a full view of the night sky and give excellent aeration. Sleeping bags, sheet liners, and airline pillows fold-out mattresses are provided, but guests may bring their sleeping bags if when wanted. Other equipment includes cooler boxes, sleeping bags, sheet liners, and airline pillows tables, and cutlery plus other practical items to ensure a consistent level of comfort on safari.
Day one and Day Seven you will be accommodated in a chalet in Lusaka. From day eight to the end of the safari, you will be provided at Mukambi Safari Lodge in Kafue National Park. Commonly referred to as “The Gateway to The Kafue National Park,” Mukambi Safari Lodge is midway located in the park, on the edges of the beautiful Kafue River. The lodge has eight comfortable en-suite chalets for two persons with one family unit (four persons) with en-suite bathroom (rondavel type), 24 hours electricity and hot water. Cottages come with either one queen size, double bed, or two single beds with cotton sheets, duvet (extra blankets available) and mosquito nets. Every bathroom comes with a basin, shower, toilet, and mirror. Outside terrace with chairs and side table are also open. The main area houses a bar, restaurant, and Wi-Fi. There is also a swimming pool in the area and several decks which overlook the Kafue River.
DAY 1: MEET & GREET/TRANSFER TO PIONEER LODGE
When you arrive at the airport meet and greet by our representative, who will assist you with luggage and immigration and transfer you to Pioneer Lodge where you spend one night before you amazing Canoeing Safari.
Arrival Check-in and relax.
DAY 2: MTONDO ISLAND
Morning breakfast at Pioneer Lodge and transfer to Zambezi Breeze where your fantastic canoeing safari will start. Meet at Zambezi Breezes Lodge in Chirundu at about10:00 for a two-hour road transport downstream to the launch location. After a briefing and lunch served on the banks of the river, start your afternoon canoeing to Mtondo Island for your first night camp, arriving at around 17:00. Canoeing on this day is kept to the mainstream going with a steady course. Then fix the lodge followed by tea or coffee with snacks, and later dinner before sleeping.
DAY 3: CHIKWENYA ISLAND
Canoeing begins early after morning tea or coffee with biscuits. At 06:30, depart Mtondo Island for a downstream breakfast stop at roughly after two hours of canoeing. Continuing through the Lower Zambezi National Park for taking a lunch break between12:30 to 14:00 away from the midday sun. Then canoe to your second nights camp on or around Chikwenya Island in case the weather is good. T you cover can reach a pleasant 25 kilometers of the river through both Mana Pools National Park and the Lower Zambezi National Park.
DAY 4: G CAMP AREA
Like in above in daily routine, on this day, you canoe through offspring river channels with birdlife and game on abundance. Guides stop at points of importance to observe wildlife from time to time. The river at this point passes three kilometers in width with a maze of ways to investigate. Each side of the river at that point are bordered by magnificent national parks where one is likely to see the highest collection of the game on the river.
DAY 5: FALSE MUPATA GORGE
You exit Mana Pools National Park and entering the safari area on the south bank as you continue through the Lower Zambezi National Park to the north. The river narrows down, and the current becomes stronger as the stream progresses into what is identified as the False Mupata Gorge. At this point, the safari is restricted to the mainstream for nearly 30 kilometers as you pass through this scenic gorge with vertical rock structures and cliff edges. Camp on this night is chosen from one of many natural sandy beaches on the shore within the confines of the gorge.
DAY 6: RED CLIFFS AREA
A day filled canoeing into the rest of the Mupata Gorge, watching the 300 million-year-old volcanic rock formations that are apart of the Great Rift Valley. About midday, the canoes depart from the gorge and the leader proceeds into to Red Cliffs for lunch and an escape from the midday heat before continuing to the island campsite. Depending on joining flights the following day, the guide may consult with the team as to a more proper camping site closer to the destination. Absolute Zambia Safaris does suggest that connecting flights are booked the day after the safari ends so as not to rush.
DAY 7: TRANSFER TO PIONEER LODGE IN LUSAKA
According to the selected of the campsite, there is a very early rise tea or coffee and breakfast before the embarking on the final part of the canoeing as The take-out point is reached at approximately 09:00 for the return to Lusaka. This drive is on Land Cruiser with a shaded canopy. Depending on the group’s requirements you may continue to paddle on the day six through to the Feira endpoint. This means, the transporter will be able to leave earlier for the return five-hour trip to Lusaka, but it says no canoeing on the final day. Lunch is served on the road under a tree. When you arrive at the finishing point for your Canoeing safari, our driver will be waiting for you, welcome and transfer you to Pioneer Lodge where you will relax and overnight.
DAY 8: TRANSFER TO MUKAMBI SAFARI LODGE
Morning breakfast and transfer to Mukambi Safari Lodge in Kafue National Park. This will be an adventurous road trip, passing through villages and most of it is in the bush, so there is a lot to see along the way, and the fact that it is a private safari means you have the flexibility to stop along the way when you find something interesting. Upon arrival you will be welcome and checked in then Lunch will be served for you, later you will go out for the Night game drive or Boat Cruise then dinner and bed.
DAY 9: MUKAMBI SAFARI LODGE IN KAFUE NATIONAL PARK
begin your day with breakfast and then go for morning game drive you can choose to do a walking safari and return to the lodge for lunch break and relax time. Later afternoon tea and night game drive and return to the lodge for dinner and bed.
DAY 10: MUKAMBI SAFARI LODGE IN KAFUE NATIONAL PARK
The morning will start with breakfast and depending on your flight time out of Lusaka our driver will pick you up after lunch or After Morning game drive/walking safari. You will be transferred to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN) in Lusaka for your onward connection.
This tour will take place in Zambia and camping will happen at the island that is between Zambia and Zimbabwe. You will be canoeing along the Zambezi River, and then you will spend your last two nights in Kafue National Park where you will do a lot of game drives and walking safaris.
KAFUE NATIONAL PARK
Located in the heart of Western Zambia, Kafue National Park is the oldest and largest of Zambia’s national parks. It covers a massive 22,400 square kilometers. Established in 1950’s the legendary Norman Carr, Kafue is one of the biggest national parks in Africa. Notwithstanding its size and outstanding location only two hours drive from Livingstone, it remains little-known and mostly with vast tracts of its virgin bush. Due to its size and range of home types, the Kafue holds a beautiful diversity of the game.
The park has seen a well-maintained growth in the number of safari camps and lodges that work in and around the park in recent years. New attention has brought with it more guests and venture to the area, notably in the base with some well-graded roads and airstrips. As a result of the increasing interest and benefits regarding investment this brings, the game is starting to experience an enhanced level of security by the Zambian Wildlife Authority (ZAWA), always helped and encouraged by the operators in and adjoining the park.
Zambia is a big country as large covering some 750,000 square kilometers and extending in the sultry belt on South Central Africa, 10 to 18 degrees south of the equator. Averaging 1,300 meters above sea level on a high plateau, the climate is very mild with little humidity. The country is landlocked but has several, lakes and rivers with beaches and water sports to be enjoyed in surroundings. The perfect nature of Zambia is possibly its largest tourist asset. Rich in landscape and wildlife, Zambia now has shifted the tourist heart of a vast region which allows something that is growing progressively rare in this shrinking world, the possibility to escape from holiday masses and sour something of a situation that has remained constant since the very beginning of time.
Three meals a day, cordial, soft drinks, with safe, treated water is supplied on every safari. Those yearning to bring their own bottled water may do so. Cooler boxes are provided should clients want to bring their selection of beverages for the duration of the canoeing safari in the Lower Zambezi. While in Kafue National Park All three meals per day and drinks are included excluding a particular brand of wines.
DAILY MEALS PLAN
Unless announced, meals will follow the schedule. Please note that Absolute Zambia Safaris needs prior information of at least two weeks to cater for individual diets or allergies to particular ingredients. The main dinners are in most states part pre-cooked and deep frozen before the safari, so it is essential to have adequate notification of what is required.
Early morning: Start with tea/coffee and biscuits before setting off downstream after packing up canoes and clearing camp.
Breakfast: Generally, after several hours of canoeing, the trip will stop for everyone to stretch their legs while the guide prepares an English breakfast of tinned fruit, eggs, bacon, sausages, etc., then toast with marmalade or jam. Tea and coffee are given before starting off again.
Lunch: An combination of, cheeses cold meats, green salad, and rolls are given out with a range of gravies and pickled vegetables to supplement the meal.
Dinner: Varieties of snacks are served followed by a full meal made up of mutton, beef or chicken, as main course options with two green vegetables and carbohydrate of potatoes, rice, or pasta.