Tamarind Canoe Safari

The Tamarind Safari is our most popular expeditionary safari beginning in Chirundu and ending in Mana Pools National Park, which is a World Heritage Site. The game seen on this section of the Zambezi is superb as the flood plains offer wildlife an extraordinary place to thrive in the parks sanctuary. The distance covered by this safari is 75 km allowing time take in the peace and tranquillity of the truly untouched African wilderness.

What's Included?

• Accommodation
• All meals
• Tea, coffee
• Cordials
• Water
• South African Wine with dinner
• Use of equipment
• Pro Canoe Guide Fees
• Transfers at the start and end of the safari to and from Kariba Town.


4 days

Destination Covered

Zambezi River

Best Suited

Budget, Groups, Solo travellers
Day 1: 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.
Transfers are by open 4x4 vehicles to Chirundu, arriving at approximately 11:30am, at which time the canoes and kit will be unloaded. Following this, a safety talk and demonstration of how to paddle a canoe will be given. A packed lunch will be taken on the river. At approximately 5pm camp is set up on an island named Kakomarara, there is time to relax and, after a brief safety talk on camping, have dinner.

Day 2: 27 KM
Up at sunrise for tea, coffee and biscuits before paddling for a couple of hours to the breakfast stop. Afterwards, canoeing will resume until midday and a well-earned lunch & siesta, time to catch up on reference books until mid afternoon (depending on the weather). Canoeing will continue until approximately 5pm when camp will be set up on Lone Acacia Island.

Day 3: 23 KM
The programme is as per day two. With the night’s camp stop on Trichelia Island.

Day 4: 7 KM
This morning you will have a more leisurely start with the usual tea, coffee and biscuits. After breakfast, camp is broken. Setting off at approximately 8am, the group will arrive at Mana Pools at 10am where the canoes and equipment will be loaded on to the vehicle for the return trip to Kariba. Arrival time in Kariba is approximately 3pm.

As you depart with your memories, we know that this experience will have enriched your life and touched your soul!
Excludes: Drinks not mentioned above. National Parks Fees and any personal expenses.

RATES: All Natureways Safaris rates include 2% Government Tourism Levy, 15% VAT (Value Added Tax) and exclude all National Parks fees. Natureways Safaris only offers an all year round rate however please contact us for our ‘safari specials’ which occur throughout the year. No single supplement is charged unless client requests a private safari.

• A non-refundable deposit of 30% is required to confirm your booking.
• Full payment is due 6 weeks before departure.
• If the booking is made within 6 weeks of departure, full payment is required on confirmation of the booking.
• Natureways Safaris will no be responsible for costs incurred during money transfers, we require the full invoiced rate.

Written notice is required if you wish to cancel your booking.
• 6 weeks prior to departure 30% cancellation fee applies.
• 4 to 6 weeks prior to departure, 50% cancellation fee applies.
• 3 to 4 weeks prior to departure, 75% cancellation fee applies.
• 3 weeks or less, 100% cancellation fee applies.

NUMBER OF PEOPLE PER SAFARI: The maximum numbers of people per safari is 8 pax are as below, however please note we can accommodate more people by special request.

Private safaris can be arranged with a minimum of 4 people, please note private safaris must be requested.

CHILD POLICY: As a general rule we do not recommend children under 14 years of age on canoe safaris for safety reasons.
• No children under 14 years of age will be accepted with mixed groups.
• Children under 14 years of age are welcome if the trip is private or in conjunction with other families.
• Please note that our Camp Zambezi Safari is our most family friendly and children of all ages are welcome.
0 to 5 years of age - One child is free of charge, second child 50% of adult rate.
6 to 13 years of age – 50% of adult rate.
14 years of age and above full adult rate.

INDEMNITY FORM: All participants are expected to sign an indemnity form upon arrival in Mana Pools (Odyssey Safaris) or at their briefing (Explorer Safaris). Failure to do so will result in cancellation of the safari.

DIETARY & ALLERGY REQUIREMENTS: All requirements are to be advised to Natureways Safaris 4 weeks prior to departure, so as to organize the required menu. Natureways cannot be held responsible for not providing particular food items if we are not advised in advance of the safari.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: We recommend that all participants travelling with Natureways Safaris take out full travel insurance.

PHOTOGRAPHIC COPYRIGHTS: Natureways staff, guides and guests may take photographs incorporating you on safari, please understand that the photographs will only be used marketing purposes. Natureways
Safaris Pvt Ltd reserves the right to use these photographs for marketing purposes

Please note:
That this is an explorer canoe safari and there are no fixed ablution facilities along the way. All timings given in this trip description are an approximation and will vary from trip to trip.
This itinerary is guideline and may change due to unforeseen circumstances i.e. Weather conditions.
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