DAY ONE (18 KM)
Natureways Safaris will collect you on the morning of your safari at 7:30am, in good time for a check-in at Natureways office, handing in extra luggage and valuables. PLEASE DO NOT TAKE YOUR PASSPORT ON THE RIVER. There will be a short briefing to summarise what the safari entails and questions may be asked. Guests will be required to sign an indemnity form before leaving on the safari. After the briefing, a visit to the shops will be made, purchasing any extra drinks wanted for the trip before setting off for the river. Please note that credit cards are not a recommended payment option in Zimbabwe.
Your group will be transferred in open 4x4 vehicles to Nyamepi (Mana Pools Main Camp) arriving at approximately 1:30pm. The canoes and kit will be off-loaded. The guide will give a safety talk and demonstration on how to paddle and lunch will be served before you begin canoeing. You will paddle until early evening reaching the first night's camp on Nyamatusi Island. There is time to have a bucket bath,
relax and have dinner after a brief safety talk on camping by your guide.
DAY TWO (25 KM)
You will be woken early for tea, coffee and biscuits before a short morning's paddle. Breakfast will be served either on the banks of the river or on an island. Afterwards the group will resume canoeing until around midday - stopping for lunch and a brief siesta on the river bank till the midday heat passes. Canoeing will then continue on until early evening. The second night's stop is made at 'G' Camp in the channels.
DAY THREE (20 KM)
The programme is as per day two. With the night's camp being set up at Chewore High Sand Bank.
DAY FOUR (7 KM)
Tea, coffee and biscuits are taken after a more leisurely start to the day. Following breakfast, camp will be broken and you will depart at approximately 8am. On arriving at Chewore at 10am, canoes and equipment will be loaded on to the vehicle for the return trip to Kariba – a packed lunch is served en route. Arrival time in Kariba is approximately 3pm.