Zimbabwe by Canoe & Victoria Falls

Mana Pools National Park & Victoria Falls
7 days private tour from GBP £5,000 per person

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'.

Zimbabwe by Canoe Victoria Falls
Journey highlights
  • 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

Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

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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!


Price Guide: (per person based on double occupancy and excludes international flights)

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  • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
  • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
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September GBP £5,700 GBP £800 plan your trip
October GBP £5,700 GBP £800 plan your trip
November GBP £5,000 GBP £700 plan your trip
  • April
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £5,000
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    GBP £700
  • May
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £5,000
    Deposit from*
    GBP £700
  • June
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £5,700
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    GBP £800
  • July
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    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £5,700
    Deposit from*
    GBP £800
  • August
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £5,700
    Deposit from*
    GBP £800
  • September
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £5,700
    Deposit from*
    GBP £800
  • October
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £5,700
    Deposit from*
    GBP £800
  • November
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £5,000
    Deposit from*
    GBP £700
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Itinerary

Fly into Harare
Day 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 )
Day 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 travellers, 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 )
Day 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 )
Day 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 )
Fly home from Victoria Falls
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.
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  • Every itinerary is crafted from scratch, based around exactly what’s important to you
  • Packed full of unique experiences, hand-picked by our journeys team
  • Expert local guides enrich your experience in every destination
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  • We have a 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • We offer flexibility and financial protection to give you total peace of mind

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