Mana Canoe Trail

Mana Canoe Trail

4 days| 3 nights

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Includes: accommodation on a per person sharing basis; all meals as specified; soft drinks, water, house wine, beer, local spirits; National Park fees and activities as specified.

Excludes: flights; visas; insurance laundry; entry and departure Goverment taxes; purchases of a personal nature; gratuities

Departures: set dates

Operates: 1 May to 31 October

Beginning of journey near Ruckomechi, Zambezi River


Guests are transferred to Ruckomechi by air from Victoria Falls or Harare, or road/boat transfer from Lusaka (at additional cost), arriving around midday. At around 2pm, after meeting the guide and going through a safety briefing, canoeists begin paddling to a mobile camp in the Mana Pools National Park, which will have been set up in advance. The first afternoon covers about 11 kilometres, paddling downstream.

Further down the Zambezi River


You will be woken just before dawn each day with coffee/tea and biscuits and be on the water just before sunrise. After paddling for about two hours, you will beach the canoes on the bank of the river and set out for a game walk. After returning to the canoes and a light snack, you will continue canoeing to a suitable lunch spot around mid-day. After a well needed rest in the shade, you will go for another walk, before canoeing on and arriving at the camp at dusk. All of the transporting of luggage and gear and setting up of camp is done for you. Enjoy a hot shower and a cold drink, followed by dinner.

More wild camping

ZIMBABWE - MANA CANOE - view on foot

This day follows the routine of the day before, with about 20 to 25 kilometres of canoeing each day. Paddling downstream makes this a very comfortable distance. Canoeing on the Zambezi River and sleeping on the shore is one of the best experiences in Africa.


After breakfast by the river, guests will either be transferred by land rover to Ruckomechi, where they have the option of spending a few nights (additional cost). Alternatively, walk to the nearby Chikwenya airstrip for the flight out (additional cost).