Half and full day canoe trails run on both sides of the upper
Zambezi River above Victoria Falls. Multi-day trails are available
if you're keen on adventure.
Full- and half-day canoe trails
Clients are collected from any hotel in Victoria Falls or
Livingstone between 7am and 7:30am. Tea, coffee and bacon & egg
rolls are served at check-in, followed by a safety talk by a
professional river guide before the day's canoeing. The morning is
spent running rapids and exploring the channels. The half-day
trail ends before lunch and clients are dropped off by
2:30pm. For the full-day trail, lunch is served on an island
or on the banks of the Zambezi River. The trip ends with a drive
through the National Park with refreshments. Clients are dropped
off in Victoria Falls or Livingstone at about 4:30pm.
Multi-day canoe trails
Overnight, 2 day/1 night or 2 day/2 night safaris are on offer
during the main season between July and October. They must be
booked in advance.
Physical features of the River
The Upper Zambezi River is regarded as free-flow and water
levels are subject to seasonal variation. Floods begin in December
and normally peak in April/May. Throughout the season the route
varies as new channels open with the rise in water levels. The
Upper Zambezi has numerous heavily wooded islands, which are
dissected by channels that may be several kilometres in length and
vary in width from one to twenty metres.
The vegetation predominately consists of ebonies, waterberries,
palms and a tremendous variety of acacia and albizia. The rapids
are small and at their peak are only classed as grade
Wildlife on the upper Zambezi River
The canoe trail passes between the Zambezi National Park in
Zimbabwe and the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia.
There's a good opportunities to see wildlife and at least 50 common
species of bird can be seen even in the quiet months. The
best birding opportunities occur during our summer months from the
end of September to early April.
Canoeing gear supplied
In addition to 19ft Canadian-standard canoes, 16ft inflatable
rafts and "crocodile canoes" are used. America's Cup High flotation
life jackets are supplied and must be worn on the water.
Experience and fitness
No previous experience is required and canoeists needn't be
We can accommodate a maximum of 24 guests. Larger groups are
possible on request using canoes and inflatable rafts.
Age restrictions for canoeing
The minimum age for canoe trips using crocodiles is 15 years
(depending on the size of the child). The minimum age for raft
floats (using 16ft inflatable rafts) is 6 years. There is no
What to wear
Appropriate dress is shorts, T-shirts, shoes and sunscreen and a
wide brimmed hat. Dry bags are provided for cameras and
Guides and safety on the Zambezi
Guides are fully-trained professionals and all hold valid first
aid certificates. Whilst every precaution is taken, all clients
should be aware that an indemnity form must be signed before
participating on any of the canoe trails. A comprehensive first aid
kit is carried on each trip. The trip leader is in radio contact
with operating bases in Victoria Falls, Livingstone and M.A.R.S.
(Medical Air Rescue Service) in the unlikely event of a mishap.