Upper Zambezi Canoeing
Upper Zambezi Canoeing Livingstone Reviews
A day on the Zambezi Apr 25, 2008
A couple of tour companies offer Canoe tours above the falls on the upper Zambezi. We chose the company Bundy Tours which offers a half or full day trip. The full day isn't that much more than the half day ($90 I think it was) and I thought well worth it.
You get picked up at your lodging, stop by the tour office to pay and drive 25 minutes or so up to the drop off. Your guides inflate the canoes (2 seater), give you some rules and tips, load your possessions into a waterproof bag and off you go. When we went the water was high so rafting wasn't an option, canoe was the only way onto the river (late April).
We were spoiled being the only 2 punters with a lead guide who did all of the talking and his apprentice who was on look out for wildlife and gave some information. They said that sometimes they'll have 20 or more boats out there. The day is long (7-8 hours) with two breaks 20 minutes in the morning and 45 minutes for a lunch that they prepare and drop off for you halfway down. In total it was about 20km that we did, but isn't too bad of a workout.
You see wildlife on the banks and can stop and check it out, loads of hippos and some crocs in the water which guides are careful to stay very far away from and you can see the spray from the falls the whole way down. Due to high water there were several rapids along the way, class 2 and 3 that the guide leads you through.
Swimming in the Zambezi is not safe due to the crocs, but the guide assured me that in one of the smaller rapids I could jump in and get back in the boat very quickly. Probably not something you do with a large group, but pretty cool to say you swam (albeit briefly) in the Zambezi!
You pull out quite close to the top of the falls and navigate a rapid on the way to the river bank, which is a little excitement to keep you going for the 10 minute drive back to Livingstone.
Part of the Zambia 2007 travel blog
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