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Lower Zambezi Canoe - 3 Days

The Lower Zambezi Canoe trip is an adventure trip right on the Zambezi river. The Zambezi river is the fourth biggest river in Africa behind the Nile rivers and the Niger river. It runs for over 2 000 km from its source in the equatorial region of Zambia. AS it flows eastwards it forms the border between Zambia and three other countries.
Down the river it forms the Lake Kariba. Lake Kariba is the largest man-made lake in Africa. Zambia and Zimbabwe share the Zambezi river for its longest part. From fishing to boating and tourism the two countries have the best relationship that goes way back in history.

The lower Zambezi national park adjacent to the Mana pools national park has the quiet, calmer and much wider Zambezi river. The flow of water allows for canoe trips that can go for days. Its more than just canoe. The region has diversity of wildlife in this primitive and isolated region. It is way off the busy roads and towns that makes it a perfect place to view wildlife in their natural state.

Accommodation is amazing on either side. The Lower Zambezi has safari lodges that wildlife roams freely in on the grounds.

Canoe trips

The canoe trips are arranged based on time you have for the holiday. In all days the team travelling with you will take care of you all the way. They set up camp where you are supposed to overnight and prepare your meals for the day. A speed boat will always be available in case of emergency and to transport you back to your lodge after the tour. A day’s canoe goes for 20 km. That also depends on how good you are on paddling down the river. Water level is general good most of the year although during the rain season the river level go get high for a few days.


The canoe tour and adventure is a 3 day tour. When you arrive in Lusaka Zambia’s capital City you meet your transfer driver to your lodge. From Lusaka in the morning you head down to Kiambi in the South of Zambia. The scenic drive from Lusaka runs down the high mountains of the lower Zambezi escarpment winding down the snake steep road. After 3 h 30 mins you arrive at your campsite right on the banks of the Zambezi river. The afternoon you pack your backpack for the next 2 days in the river safari. The paddling is on average 20 km per day and you will be transferred back on a speed back to Kiambi safaris lodge.

Tour Highlight

  • Canoeing
  • River safari


Jour 1
Lusaka to Kiambi Safari lodge

The day starts with the usual meet and greet your driver and guide for introductions and briefing of the Tour. You leave Lusaka driving down to Chirundu town. The road winds down the Zambezi valley, a mountainous part of Zambia which is quite good scenic. After 3 hours of driving you come to Kiambi Safaris lodge right on the banks of the Zambezi river. Later in the afternoon you go on a sunset cruise around the Kanyemba Island . What To See: Beautiful scenery, lovely bird calls, hippos, crocodiles and more. Accommodation: Luxury Tented Ensuite chalet.

Jour 2
Lower Zambezi River Canoe

You embark on your canoe excursion today. You meet your canoe guide shortly after breakfast which normally is at 7:30a.m . After briefing of how your day is going to be like you set off to the river for action. You depart from the jetty and enjoy paddling down. You have a stop for tea from the back of the boat and you proceed until another stop for lunch again from the back of the boat. After lunch you continue down the river. A back up boat goes ahead of you to set up the campsite for your overnight. Accommodation: Buffalo Beans Island

Jour 3
Transfer to Lusaka

Meals: Breakfast/lunch Tour ends on drop-off at your lodge in Lusaka.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle) Transportation to and from!! Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during trip at lodges with family environment Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip All equipment for canoeing First Aid Medical Kit All the required permits and paperwork

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare Visa Charges Hotel Expenses(In Lusaka , some packages do include hotel expenses) Your travel and medical insurance Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc Food and accommodations in Lusaka Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.

Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season. It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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Lower Zambezi Canoe
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From $ 750 $ 600
per Adult

Faits au sujet du voyage

  • 1-12 people
  • Luxury Safari Lodge + Camping
  • Lusaka
  • Moderate
  • All year
  • As indicated on the Itinerary
  • Guide available at the lodge and you have a river Guide on canoeing
  • Canoeing