Tours Zambia

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With canoe safari along the Zambezi River, you may wait to see wildlife along the river bank of Lower Zambezi National Park and with the combination of having your last two nights in Kafue National Park Gives a complete experience with Game drives, Walking Safari and boat Cruise in the Kafue National Park. The guides have comprehensive expertise and knowledge of nature, wildlife birds and local environment, culture, and general education gather through guiding in these areas for numerous years. Absolute Zambia Safaris will make your safari adventure in Zambia memorable.

Day 1: Arrive & Transfer to Pioneer Lodge – Lusaka

Arriving at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka (LUN), where you will be welcomed by our representative who will then assist you with luggage and transfer you to Pioneer Lodge where you will spend your night before your fantastic canoeing Safari on the Zambezi river in lower Zambezi. Check-in relax, enjoy your room and later its dinner and bedtime.

Day 2: Transfer to Zambezi Breezer – Chirundu (Canoe Safari Day 1)

Morning Breakfast at Pioneer Lodge, then our driver will transfer you to Zambezi Breezes in Chirundu where your canoeing Safaris will start.

Meet at Zambezi Breezes in Chirundu at approximately 10:00 for a two-hour drive downstream to the lunch place. After a briefing and lunch on the edges of the river, you begin your afternoon canoeing to Mtondo Island for your very first night camp, arriving at around 17:00. Canoeing on the first day is kept to the mainstream on a natural going strong current. Setting up the lodge accompanied by tea or coffee, snacks, later dinner before retreating at night.

Day 3: Canoeing into Lower Zambezi National Park (Canoe Safari Day 2)

Canoeing begins early after morning tea or coffee and biscuits. About at 06:30, depart Mtondo Island for a downstream breakfast stop at roughly after two-hour canoeing. Continuing through the Lower Zambezi National Park for lunch between 12:30 to 14:00 away from the midday sun. Then canoe through to your next nights camp at or nearby Chikwenya Island if the weather is permitting. This day, you travel a good 25 kilometres of the river into both Mana Pools National Park and Lower Zambezi National Park.

Day 4: Canoeing to G. Camp channels (Canoeing Safari Day 3)

All daily routine, on this day, you will canoe through offshoot river channels where birdlife and game abound. Leaders will stop at points of importance to witness wildlife. Fascinating parts of the river at this point pass three kilometres in width with a labyrinth of canals to explore. Both sides of the river at this spot are flanked by magnificent national parks where one is likely to see the highest concentration of game on the river.

Day 5: Canoeing to False Mupata Gorge (Canoeing Safari Day 4)

Exiting Mana Pools National Park and enter safari area on the south bank while staying within the Lower Zambezi National Park. Starting to narrow down, and the current becomes stronger as the stream proceeds into what is known as the False Mupata Gorge. From this point, the safari is restricted to the mainstream for about 30 kilometres as you pass through this scenic gorge with sheer rock structures and cliff edges. Campsite on this night is chosen from one of many natural sandy beaches on the land within the confines of the gorge

Day 6: Canoeing from Mupata Gorge to Great Rift Valley (Canoeing Safari Day 5)

The day is spent canoeing through the rest of the Mupata Gorge, watching the 300 million-year-old volcanic rock that forms part of the Great Rift Valley.  Approximately midday, the canoes exit the gorge and the guide proceeds through to Red Cliffs for lunch and a break away from the midday heat before continuing to the nights’ island campsite. Depending on joining flights the next day, the guide may discuss with the team as to a more proper camping site closer to the finishing point. Absolute Zambia Safaris does suggest that connecting flights are caught the day after the safari ends.

Day 7: Transfer to Pioneer Lodge in Lusaka (Canoeing Safari Day 6)

Depending on the choice of campsite, there is an early rise tea or coffee and breakfast before the remaining canoeing through to the end of the canoeing safari. The take-out point arrives at approximately 09:00 for the return transport to Lusaka. This ride is in an open-roofed Land Cruiser with a shaded canopy. Alternatively, and depending on the group’s wishes, you may continue to paddle on the day 5 to the Feira take out point. This means, the transport will be able to leave earlier for the return five-hour trip to Lusaka, but it says there will be no canoeing on the final day. Lunch will be served on the roadside under a tree.

You will spend a night at Pioneer Lodge in Lusaka. Arrival at Pioneer lodge Check-in and relax later its dinner and bedtime.

Day 8: Transfer to Mukambi Safari Lodge – Kafue National Park

Morning breakfast and transfer to Mukambi Safari Lodge in Kafue National Park. This will be an adventurous road trip, passing through villages and most of it is in the bush, so there is a lot to see along the way, and the fact that it is a private safari means you have the flexibility to stop along the way when you find something interesting. Upon arrival you will be welcome and checked in then Lunch will be served for you, later you will go out for the Night game drive or Boat Cruise then dinner and bed.

Day 9: Mukambi Safari Lodge in Kafue National Park

Begin your day with breakfast and then go for morning game drive you can choose to do a walking safari and return to the lodge for lunch break and relax time. Later afternoon tea and night game drive or a Sunset Boat Cruise and return to the lodge for dinner and bed.

Day 10: Transfer from Mukambi Safari Lodge in Kafue National Park

Whats included?

  • All activities as mentioned in the program

  • All Canoeing Safari Activities
  • Walking safari (on request)
  • Camping gear
  • Five nights’ accommodation
  • Three meals a day and beverage

Price and Availability

Price and availability can be further discussed through direct enquiry with Animals around the Globe. 


Superb service and a trip of a lifetime My canoe safari will be one that I remember for a lifetime! Robert (Absolute Zambia Safaris) helped me plan a 4 day / 3 night trip on the Zambezi river. The entire trip, from the transport, to the safari guide, and the experience itself, was perfect. Africa has made quite an impact on me and I certainly plan to be back. I will definitely be using Absolute Zambia Safaris next time, and recommend it to anyone who is considering a trip to Africa. Thank you for a memorable time!
Superman 2345
Previous explorer
Amazing experience of Zambia. Robert organised our incredible safari in South Luangwa and trip to Livingstone/Victoria Falls and we felt we were in expert hands right from the initial e-mail contact to the very end of the trip he had organised and beyond ( with advice, transfers, and support for the days before and after the trip that he had organised). As we were travelling in green/rainy season Robert gave us valuable advice and offered a bespoke itinerary which suited us perfectly, he then arranged everything for us. The safari exceeded our expectations and it was a delight to meet Robert and Bertram. Even when events beyond anyone's control intervened he made sure we were not left stranded. I recommend Absolute Zambia Safaris wholeheartedly. Thank you so very much.
Leslel B
Previous explorer
From the moment we arrived at the airport everything was taken care of. We had the same driver for the whole trip. A lovely man called Michael.He was a very safe professional driver and good company. We were lucky enough to have Robert travelling with us as well. We had such a great time with them both. All the lodges were wonderful. We saw loads of wildlife. The whole trip was very relaxing and well organised. It really was a trip of a lifetime. If you are thinking of going to Zambia(or any of the surrounding countries) do not hesitate to contact Robert. He is an honest professional person and will ensure that you have a good trip.
Peggy Charlie
Previous explorer
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