Zimbabwe by Canoe & Victoria Falls

Mana Pools National Park & Victoria Falls

From $5600 per person in low season
From $6100 per person in high season

based on 7 nights & selected experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • Internal flights

  • Accommodation

  • Shared transfers

  • Selected experiences

  • Full Board

  • 4 day Canoe trail

Based on two sharing and joining a small group set departure trip for the canoe trail.

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  • Get up close to the wildlife of the Mana Pools by canoe - the ultimate safari adventure

  • Spend four days paddling along 40 miles of the Zambezi river, accompanied by an expert guide

  • Visit the Victoria Falls, a true bucket list experience

  • The Mana Pools is one of Zimbabwe's most beautiful national parks and a canoe safari here is one of the best ways to explore

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Mana Pools has a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons: from November to March is the emerald, or the rainy season, April to July is Zimbabwe's winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry. In terms of game viewing, the dryer months, meaning a higher concentration of game at the permanent water sources, are a superb time to visit. Alternatively come for some superb birdwatching at the end of the rains.

The canoe trail operates on a shared basis between April and November, and private departures are also possible during these months if you prefer to enjoy this experience to yourself!

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation.


Embark on a unique journey through the heart of the wildlife rich Mana Pools National Park, with the Ruwesi Canoe Trail. This canoe safari covers a distance of 40 miles over four days, camping at remote spots on the riverbank along the way. After your Mana Pools adventure, head over to Victoria Falls and visit the awe inspiring 'smoke that thunders'.

  1. Fly into Harare

  2. Days 1-2: Mana Pools National Park

    Fly into Harare International Airport and take a light aircraft charter into Mana Pools National Park. Mana Pools is known for its high densities of elephant, hippo as well as a variety of predators that are attracted to this park as a valuable water source. Spend your first night relaxing from your long haul journey before your adventure begins tomorrow.

    Accommodation: Vundu Camp (1 night)

  3. Days 2-5: Mana Pools National Park

    On the first day of your canoeing journey you will be transferred to the launch site in the Mana Pools National Park. Here you will meet your guide who will stay with you for your whole journey on the Ruwesi Canoe Trail. Following the safety briefing you will set off downstream. This four day canoe safari is ideal for adventurous travelers, taking you on a unique journey along the mighty Zambezi River, experiencing close encounters with the local wildlife. You will drift through Mana Pools National Park passing endless pods of crocodile and hippo, flocks of birds and sighting larger game, such as elephants, along the way. You will stay in an authentic tented camp as well as mobile camps perfectly positioned on the banks of the Zambezi River. You will travel a total of 40 miles (64 km) down the Zambezi River on this trip creating memories that will last you a lifetime.

    Accommodation: Ruwesi Canoe Trail (3 nights)

  4. Days 5-6: Mana Pools National Park

    This evening is an opportunity to reset and recharge before your flight to Victoria Falls tomorrow. Relax and unwind, some rest will be very much deserved after your journey down the mighty Zambezi. Still based in the heart of Mana Pools National Park, this is an opportunity to take any last minute wildlife photographs on a 4x4 game drive, and is the perfect chance to enjoy the Zimbabwean wilderness.  

    Accommodation: Vundu Camp (1 night)

  5. Days 6-8: Victoria Falls - the Zim side

    Fly from Mana Pools to Victoria Falls where you will spend your final two nights. Enjoy the vibrant town exploring the many souvenir shops, gallery’s and cafes, visit the cascading falls, or take to the skies in a helicopter or microlight and get a bird’s eye view of this UNESCO world heritage site.

    Accommodation: Ilala Lodge (2 nights)

  6. Fly home from Victoria Falls


  • Microlight flight over the Victoria Falls

    Experience the majestic Victoria Falls in a truly unique way from the open cockpit of a piloted microlight where you can hear the roar of water right below your feet and see the falls from a whole new perspective.

  • Victoria Falls National Park

    Take in the falls in all their glory with a walk through the Victoria Falls National Park. It is recommended to view the falls from the Zimbabwean side as you can enjoy extensive views of the falls as you wind your way along the pathways.

  • Walking Safari

    Zimbabwe is one of the best places in Africa to experience walking in the bush. The guides are of the highest quality, the game is fantastic and the different environments, throughout the country, are well suited for exploring on foot.


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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation.