Travel tips for your canoe safari!

We like you to enjoy your canoe trip with us to the fullest and we ask you to read the following "guest briefing" and facts carefully in preparation for your trip.


What to bring?

Your packing list:

We recommend to bring the following for your canoe trip: 

 

Luggage

  • There is a maximum luggage allowance of 10 kg per person.
  • Please bring a soft duffel bag, NOT a suitecase.
  • Dry bags are available e.g. for cameras, binoculars.

 Clothing

  • casual clothing like shorts and T-shirts
  • light long sleeved shirt as sunprotection
  • swimming suite
  • (rafting) sandals and walking-shoes
  • your own towel and personal toiletries 
  • large towel or Kikoi to cover and protect your legs from the sun
  • from April to October: a fleece shirt and warm socks for cold evenings
  • from November to March: rain gear and some extra dry clothes for the evenings

Extra sun protection is a MUST-bring:

  • sunscreen with high UV protection factor or sun blocker
  • wide brimmed hat
  • good sunglasses

Medication

  • your personal medication
  • anti-malaria prophylaxis is recommended on Zambezi (!)
  • Insect repellents (deet-based is working the best)

Photography and else

  • binoculars
  • full charged camera (and spare batteries)
  • spare memory cards or films for your camera
  • torch and spare batteries (a headlamp is very helpful)

Money and documents

  • some cash for National Park fees (!)
  • identification documents (passport or else, with your full address, phone and e-mail)
  • notes about your travel arrangements to and from the canoetrip

DryLand provides:

Equipment

All our trips on the lower Zambezi use Canadian style canoes with proper seats and back rest. We provide all camping equipment on our trips, including tents, thin mattresses and light sleeping bags. Guests wishing to use their own gear are most welcome - but please tell us in advance.

 

Ablutions

There are NO toilets or facilities on the trip; we provide digging tools, toilet paper and matches. For your daily "shower" we provide buckets to collect water for bathing from the River.

 

Meals and Drinks 

We supply hearty meals on all trips. Dietary requirements and preferences can be catered for if we are advised in advance.  Wine for dinner and cordials mixed with water throughout the day are provided. Any extra drink and hard liquor, beer or carbonated Drinks (e.g. Coke), should be bought by guests prior to canoe trip departures. Your Guide will assist you with this.

 

Please note: to prevent yourself from Dehydration while canoeing we suggest you bring some extra drinking water (2 litres/per day/per Person).

 

Guides and Safety

All Guides hold canoe guide licences and learner guides respectively. All Zimbabwean guides carry weapons. All walking safaris are conducted by an armed Professional Guide in all the mentioned National Parks.

 

Your River Guide will give you a safety briefing before the trip starts. This will deal with hazards on the river, capsize and recovery drills. We provide lifejackets for your safety.

 

Transfers / accomodation before and after your trip

Transfers from and to Lusaka-Airport can be arranged.

We might help you arrange accomodation in Chirundu (Zambian side) or Kariba the night before Safari starts or the night after your Safari.

 

Please note: If you book a trip that starts in Kariba Gorge, it is recommended to stay the night before the trip in Kariba - we can help you to find accomodation.

 


Background photo on top - a good friend of ours.