Ruwesi Canoe Trail

Enjoy the adventure of a lifetime as you take to the waters of the mighty Zambezi on the Ruwesi Canoe Trail. Paddling to a different camp each night accompanied by a professional guide, this is the ultimate opportunity to get off the beaten track.

Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
Ruwesi Canoe Trail
  • Get truly off the beaten track in Mana Pools on an adventurous canoe safari

  • Enjoy close-up encounters with wildlife including elephants crossing from Zimbabwe to Zambia

  • Revel in the peace and tranquility of paddling down the mighty Zambezi, camping in remote, unspoilt locations each night

  • Go on walking safaris in the Mana Pools National Park to get a different perspective and appreciate the smaller aspects of the bush

The Ruwesi Canoe Trail is a three night safari which will see you paddle down the Zambezi staying at different mobile camps each night, staying in remote locations and enjoying some truly breath-taking wildlife encounters whilst out on the river - this is a totally unique opportunity to explore Mana Pools.

If you're looking for adventure, excitement and incredible game viewing then the Ruwesi Canoe Trail is hard to beat. No prior canoeing experience is necessary and all safaris are run by a professional guide, who are trained to the highest standards. Whilst activities are focused on canoeing down the Zambezi it is also possible to go on bush walks which allow you the chance to track wildlife and learn more about the smaller aspects of the bush, as well as seeing some wonderful big game sightings if you're lucky. Game drives are also on offer which will allow you to cover larger distances and often on evening drives enjoy some impressive predator sightings.

The Ruwesi Canoe Trail camps are relatively basic and the focus is very much on the experience of canoeing and wildlife viewing, but the tents are perfectly comfortable. All of the tents are walk-in and measure 3 metres x 3 metres and all the beds have proper frames, mattresses and linen bedding. The tents are all en-suite with a bucket shower and flush loo. Camp assembly and disassembly is done by a team of camp staff and all that is required of you is to pack your personal belongings each day. Dinner is served under the stars each night usually to a soundtrack of snorting hippos, as you share stories of your day's adventure out on the Zambezi.

When to visit

  • J
  • F
  • M
  • A
  • M
  • J
  • J
  • A
  • S
  • O
  • N
  • D
Best time to visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit

Plan your trip

Our team of travel specialists are waiting to help you book your next adventure.

Plan your trip
or call us on 020 3993 5269


Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

The Ruwesi Canoe Trail travels along the mighty Zambezi river, located in Mana Pools National Park in northern Zimbabwe.

Plan your trip

Please tell us a few details about your holiday plans and provide your phone number so we can call you back..
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

When would you like to go?

Please select Enter your departure date
Please select Year

Where would you like to go?

Please select Select your interest

How many nights?

How many nights? Drag the slider to select nights
0 21 nights +


Number of adults (aged 12+). Minimum 1 adult  
Adults (age 15+)
Children (age 0-15)

Select your budget per person

Please select

Contact details

Your First name First name*
Your Last name Last name*
Your email address Email address*
Your phone number Phone number
Tell us about your trip
Let us know if you have fixed dates, who you’re travelling with or if it’s for a special ocassion
Please tick this box to continue  
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Unable to submit your request

Unfortunately, we were unable to submit your request. Please try again later or contact us.