Canoe Trips

Our Lower Zambezi River Canoe trips always head downstream, eastwards, as the current of the Zambezi is deceptively powerful. The canoes take either 2 or 3 people. All trips are led by at least one pro guide with current experience of that stretch of the river, and all canoes are paddled by one experienced “back paddler”, usually a trainee guide or other member of staff who has grown up and spent his young life paddling on the Zambezi. All canoe trips carry a dry bag, cool box, first aid kit and at least one VHF radio – guests are required to wear the floatation vests provided throughout the trip.

 

The best canoeing experience is to be had in the channels above camp, the Inkalange Channel above Chiawa and the Discovery Channel above Old Mondoro offer world class canoeing. Otherwise canoeing amongst the islands down the main river close to shore makes for an equally memorable experience. Drifting in near silence past birds, crocs and a variety of mammals makes for an amazing experience of a lifetime however this is the Zambezi River at its most natural and unfortunately, also at its most dangerous. Our camps have a perfect safety record, follow best practice, and take steps to mitigate the risks, we cannot eliminate the risks, and it is important that all guests who participate in canoeing and indeed any activity at our camps, understand and accept these risks and the associated liability with them.

 

Canoe trips usually leave camp at about 14:30, by boat towing the canoes in tandem behind after which you are dropped off at the channel entrance around 15:15 followed by a safety briefing and orientation. These float back into camp just before sunset and sundowners after which guests have the choice to relax before dinner by the camp fire and enjoy perhaps another cocktail or two, or join a night drive.

Day & Night Drives
Day & Night Drives
 
A “game drive” is a safari activity conducted in an open 4x4 safari vehicle. This is the most effective way to see wildlife as these cover much ground and can get close sightings...
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Bush Walks
Bush Walks
 
Walks are an interesting way to get a “back stage pass” look at the wildlife and how the ecology of the Lower Zambezi works. Our guides are trained naturalists who can not only identify spoor, birds, plants and insects but also explain in interesting detail how these all interact with each other...
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River Safaris
River Safaris
 
Boat Cruises or River Safaris conducted on custom built, stable pontoon boats with a canopy that can be raised or lowered according to circumstance and powered by near-silent, environmentally sensitive 4-stroke outboard motors...
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Catch & Release Angling
Catch & Release Angling
 
Fishing for tiger fish, for those who are keen, is one of the seaonal specialties of the Zambezi River. We say seasonal as definitely the best time to catch them is from late August to mid November during the hotter months although tiger fish...
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Hides
Hides
 
There are two photographic/viewing hides close to Chiawa Camp (not available at Old Mondoro), these are treated as a walking activity inasmuch...
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Guide Bio's
Guide Bio's
 
Private Guiding is available at a surcharge and by prior arrangement for Game Drives and Fishing however we only recommend this for those who do not wish to share their activities with others...
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Guide Bio's - Chiawa Camp
Guide Bio's - Old Mondoro

Chiawa Camp
Chiawa Camp
An iconic safari camp - 'Best in Africa', award winning hospitality and guiding
Lower Zambezi
Lower Zambezi
The Lower Zambezi National Park is unspoiled and well protected...
Old Mondoro
Old Mondoro
An iconic bush camp - intimate and closer to nature
Videos
Videos
Videos - Chiawa Camp & Old Mondoro
Chiawa Camp - Special Occasions
Chiawa Camp - Special Occasions
Ideal for special occasions, intimate weddings and honeymoons in the bush...
Cuisine
Cuisine
Chiawa Camp & Old Mondoro are renowned for its excellent cuisine...