Ruwesi Canoe Trail

If you are a new traveler to Africa and are looking for a bit of adventure where memories will be created for life with wildlife experiences second to none, then this is the perfect safari for you.

Experience Nature on Another Level

The Ruwesi Canoe Trail is located within Mana National Park, covering a section of the middle Zambezi Valley. Canoe safaris run from the beginning of April and end in November each year where a minimum three night experience is recommended.

“The three day canoe trip was brilliant, seeing the landscape and wildlife from a completely different perspective, in a very relaxed way, with excellent guide Henry. The highlight of the stay at the main camp was being able to walk on game drives, including approaching Boswell, the huge male elephant that stands on two legs to access high branches, and the wild dogs too, again with Henry. The lodge itself is very pleasant, comfortable and informal, on the banks of the Zambesi.

 TripAdvisor Review, November 2018

All Ruwesi Canoe Trails begin with a safety briefing where answers to all questions are covered and safety measurements are put in place. We then  begin with a leisurely 12 km paddle on the Zambezi River, the fourth largest in Africa, ending your first afternoon at Little Vundu. A full camp will have already been set up with refreshments and wholesome food awaiting your arrival.

With a total of five Meru style tents, spaciously sized at 3m x 3m, this camp is intimate and welcoming. Each tent comes complete with an en-suite bathroom which includes a revitalizing bucket shower and flush toilet.  All meals are served at camp where dinner is a favourite amongst guests, where you can soak up the sounds of wild Africa whilst dining under the stars and listening to thrilling wildlife stories from your guide.

The days spent canoeing are broken up by guided nature walks and game drives with your professional guide. This provides all our guests with an opportunity to see a little of the inside of the park and is a great way to experience the variety of what Mana Pools has to offer.

Points to note for Ruwesi Canoe Trails:

  • Maximum of two people per canoe
  • No previous canoe experience is required
  • Paddlers are available on request
  • All departures are private so there are no set days for each safari
  • Each night you stop at a different campsite where your camp has been set up in advance
  • A game drive vehicle will follow with your luggage/personal belongings