(Animal Protection Educational Safaris)
Zambezi Valley Safaris has developed a unique 5-day educational adventure package called Animal Protection Educational Safaris or APES! This special and intense expedition is structured to showcase and educate our guests the important aspects involved with the protection of our precious African fauna and flora. Our professional guides will ensure you learn numerous bush and survival skills, anti-poaching activities and even participate on a real anti-poaching flight with Rangers. All 20 listed activities and more shall be enjoyed by you on this all-inclusive expedition as you learn how all activities are actually intertwined with conservation and anti-poaching. A portion of your package fees going directly towards conservation in the Lower Zambezi Valley. Our awesome wildlife encounters, luxury Tamarind Tented Camp facilities and great cuisine are just the icing on this cake!
Our APES expeditions have been referred to as “Safaris for the Soul” linking tourism with conservation.
Mana Pools Expedition
This popular combo-expedition has been developed with an action packed itinerary for those who want it all in the shortest time possible! Spend your first night or 2 at one of our Lodges or Camps doing any of the listed activities of your choice, then canoe for the half-day activity from our Zambeasy Campsites in the early morning to our beautiful Mungwe forward base camp for Mana Pools where our ground team will be awaiting you with a scrumptious pack lunch. For those who prefer not to canoe, a road transfer or boat transfer to Mungwe are available. After a siesta you are then transferred by boat down the Zambezi River on a scenic cruise into the famous Mana Pools Nation Park, where our guides shall take you on an afternoon game drive and then finally to our fly-camp for a traditional camping experience with a delicious meal. The next early morning you are treated with a second Mana game drive and a tasty hot breakfast on the move. Finally you will be transferred by boat back to your Zambezi Valley Lodge or Camp for a relaxing sun downer to digest your Mana Pools Expedition experience!
The MANA POOLS EXPEDITION shall commence very early in the morning on Day 1 at the Zambeasy Campsites, starting with a canoe and Zambezi River safety briefing and canoe general handling instruction in the calm of the protected Zambeasy Campsites harbour. Once satisfied of all clients basic canoe handling skills, our professional canoe guides shall lead the group of traditional Canadian two-man canoes into the flowing Zambezi River for the first part of the MANA POOLS EXPEDITION! Numbers of canoes are limited per guide.
Zambezi Valley Canoe
Zambezi Valley Safaris are licenced to canoe the entire length of the Zambezi River from Lake Kariba where the river cuts through the escarpment gorge all the way to Kanyemba on the Mozambique border to the east. Depending on your available time and preference our team can tailor-make a number of canoeing expedition options to meet your dreams.
Canoeing on the Zambezi is not permitted for children under 16 years of age.
Zambezi Valley Ride
Zambezi Valley Safaris in conjunction with Hemmersbach Rhino Force, Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and Lomagundi College Schools are proud to present the “ZAMBEZI VALLEY RIDE 2019”. This prestigious annual bush cycling event is held in the Lower Zambezi Valley and is scheduled this year from 8-12th August. This ride is not a team race due to the rugged Zambezi Valley terrain and the need for safety escort vehicles for your protection from the abundant wildlife. There will be 2 different routes planned to accommodate your individual riding strength levels: “A Group” route is roughly 50 km per day and “B Group” route roughly 30 km per day, each for 3 days. The 2019 ride will follow a similar course through the Zambezi Valley, maintaining the highest event standards as was set in the past. Rider numbers will again be limited to just 50 in total to ensure the event quality, safety and outdoor experience are second to none.
Please reserve your place for this event or ask for further information. Reservations for the event will close at end of day on 14th June 2019, or sooner if all available places are taken, so please book early!
Zambezi Valley Trek
Zambezi Valley Safaris latest and exciting expedition is our Zambezi Valley Trek! This wildlife adventure is on foot and shall take you along the winding Zambezi River course from the mouth of the Lower Zambezi Valley, where the river cuts through the escarpment at Nyamoumba Camp, all the way down to Mana Pools over a 10 day period. The walk is designed to be enjoyable and not an endurance challenge with a support team going ahead on vehicles with your belongings and supplies, to prepare your lunch stops and camp sites ahead where you will find a hot shower and scrumptious meal awaiting you. Trekkers need to be in fairly good shape as we walk an average of 20 km per day carrying our own water in the company of our professional guides and ZimParks Ranges. We do break for 2 days at Tamarind Tented Camp to catch our breaths and enjoy some of the other more relaxing activities on offer before continuing on to Mana Pools.
The BaTonga people are the native tribe that lived and breathed the Zambezi Valley since time began. These gentle and culturally rich people focus on subsistence river fishing and some agriculture still reside in parts of the Zambezi Valley today. The BaTonga Trail is a self-drive or guided drive expedition for the real adventurer, taking you from Victoria Falls in the Upper Zambezi Valley all the way to our Lodge and Camps in the Lower Zambezi Valley with many National Parks in-between and after. An encompassing and educational journey through the world of the BaTonga. A highlight of this expedition is a visit to the Sengwa Sanctuary wildlife project on the southern shores of Lake Kariba that is a joint venture with the BaTonga community.
The various exciting expeditions that Zambezi Valley Safaris offer can be combined and moulded into a unique tailor-made expedition of your choice. Discuss with our team your ideas and time-frame and they will help design and build your dream adventure expedition into reality!