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Zambezi Canoeing & Okavango Mokoro Safaris

Zambezi Canoeing & Okavango Mokoro Safaris

Exploring the waterways of Africa is perfect for the adventurous traveller who wants to spend time on Africa’s rivers and get deeper into the bush than is possible by vehicle.  Getting up close to game and viewing it from a different perspective is an added bonus.  

The Lower Zambezi is flanked by two national parks, one in Zambia and one in Zimbabwe.  Whilst Zambia tends to offer shorter half day canoe safaris, Vundu Camp in Mana Pools in Zimbabwe offers 3 day guided trips that are broken up by nature walks and game drives.  No previous canoe experience is required and paddlers are available should you prefer.  Each night you stop at a different campsite set up for you where you will enjoy firelit evenings under the stars listening to the calls of the wild.

Botswana’s Selinda spillway also offers canoe safaris, subject to the ebb and flow of the waterways.  This is a spectacular area for buffalo, elephants and amazing birdlife.

A Mokoro safari is unique to Botswana’s Okavango Delta.  A mokoro traditionally was a dugout wooden canoe, nowadays made out of fibreglass, it’s propelled along by an experienced punter who will also act as your guide.  Exploring the delta in this way is a peaceful and rewarding safari that gets you close to riverbank wildlife and jewel like birdlife such as the malachite kingfisher and often exotic painted reed frogs. 

 

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  • Mokoro safaris of 2 or 3 hours duration are included amongst your choice of activities in the delta and wetlands of Botswana

  • No previous canoeing experience is necessary although we recommend a reasonable level of fitness

  • For a cheaper option, some operators offer ‘participatory’ canoeing trips of any duration. All gear is carried in the canoes and camps are erected on islands in the river along the way.

  • Wear wide brimmed hats and plenty of sunscreen

  • A fully catered Mokoro safari can be from 1 to 4 days duration</p

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