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.