Victoria Falls canoeing above the Falls on the upper Zambezi is the perfect activity for those who not only want to see the abundant bird and animal life but also want to experience the peace, tranquillity and beauty of the Zambezi River. The river is a kilometre wide and in places a bit more. It has an indescribable beauty with crystal clear waters and a myriad of islands and channels to explore.
Canoeing in Victoria Falls
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The birdlife is phenomenal with rare beauties like the African Finfoot, half collared kingfisher, palm thrush and numerous others species. Elephants and other game is often encountered on the Zimbabwean side so whether you are an avid bird watcher, wildlife fan or just want to experience the peace and tranquillity of this mighty river, I would highly recommend an “Above the Victoria Falls Canoeing Trip” it’s a great way to get to know this outstanding location.
Sections of the upper river do have some white water rapids, nothing like the rapids below the falls but enough to get your heart racing. There are days trips and overnight canoe trips on offer so make sure when booking you are clear on what you prefer. For information about overnight canoe trips click here.
Cameras and videos can be taken on the trip with the guides keeping them safe in a waterproof bag in the wetter sections.
On these canoe trips, guests paddle their own canoes/kayaks following their experienced canoe guide. You don't have to be a canoeing expert and a life-jacket will be provided.
The trip starts with pickup from your hotel or lodge at around 7am and an early morning game drive through the Zambezi National Park. At the put-in point, a continental breakfast is served while your canoe guide gives you a safety briefing, instructions and information on the condition of the river and what to expect.
After breakfast and the briefing, it's time to experience the Zambezi River. Today's trip explores 18kms of this amazing river, its surroundings and channels whilst game viewing and bird watching.
A tasty lunch will be served either by the river's edge or on an island and then continue further down the river. At the take-out point at the end of the canoe trip, refreshments will be served and an open game drive vehicle will transfer you out of the Zambezi National Park and to your accommodation at around 14h30.
Canoe floats are shorter trips exploring heavily wooded islands and the channels that run through them. A picnic and drinks are served on one of the islands during the trip, which lasts about 3 hours including the return road transfers.
Book Victoria Falls activities online There are morning and afternoon canoe float trips, and they are a great way to just get out for a few hours if you don't wish to go for half a day or more, to experience the Zambezi River. You will not experience rapids on this trip, but you will see various games along the banks of the river the likes of elephants, hippos, kudu, and impala.
The minimum age for a canoe float is 10 years.
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We travelled with Falcon Safaris in Zimbabwe and Botswana for 16 days. Falcon designed a wonderful trip with private guide to the most interesting sites in both countries. The organization of the whole trip was excellent, flights within the country, accommodation and activites. The guides were very knowledgable and told us a lot about the countries, their history, people, economy and much more. Wevisited the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, the Victoria Falls and a number of national parks in both countries.
Rhino tracking was a real adventure! We had tremendous further game drives and saw very many animals - we did the Big Five. We had much more activities than planned and enjoyed very much.We strongly recommend Falcon Safaris to everyone planning a trip to Southern Africa and East Africa.
Our Consultant Vimbai was very helpful and accommodating. We stayed at the Elephant hills hotel which was nothing short of amazing.Our activities included a helicopter flight, dinner cruise as well as a morning game drive. All the activities were absolutely amazing.
We worked with Gertrude to schedule and organize everything and she did an excellent job. I asked a lot of questions via e-mail and she answered everyone in a timely helpful manner. Our guide at Victoria Falls was also great. He met us at the airport, provided a thoughtful tour of the Falls and got us to our next guide in Botswana. Our lodgings at River View Lodge were just as described- very comfortable and excellent food. All the staff were so pleasant and helpful. If I had to do it again I would arrange a morning boat ride as well. We only did the sunset boat rides and they were the high point of our entire trip- we saw so many animals and our guide was very knowledgeable. Just a great experience. Our lodgings at Oddball's Enclave was rustic and we loved it. So great to disconnect from the world for a bit. Leo, our guide, was the best - got us out and about, saw fantastic wildlife and got back to camp safely each time. Doc manages the camp so well. This whole trip was planned and organized by Falcon Safaris and we could not have been happier.
Falcon safaris have given my the correct advice with excellent service. The only suggestion will be to work closer with the lodges to confirm bookings as soon as possible. We have booked and pay our deposit a year in advance. We have only receive our final convermation from Chobe Safari lodge a week before departure. I do realize its not within your controle but with limit alternatives and a group of 14 people it becomes an issue to find alternative accomodation if the booking was cancelled.
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