After a while the guides will direct canoeists to the side of the river where everyone beaches their canoes and it is time to set off on a guided game walk.
Taking a few hours to explore the surrounding African bush on foot, visitors may have the opportunity spot a number of game animals including Hippo, Elephant and possibly even Wild Dog, while gaining a greater understanding of the intricacies of life in the bush.
Lunch on the river bank returning to the canoes, visitors are given a light snack before launching the canoes back into the water for more relaxed paddle time. Around midday the group stops once again for a light lunch and a break before heading further down the river to the evening rest camp.
All the luggage and the tents will have been moved by the camp staff during the day, ensuring the transition from camp to camp is seamless and as easy as possible for the guests. All that is required of the guests is to relax and take in the beauty and tranquillity of their surroundings.
Distances covered each day usually range from 20 - 25 kilometres (12.4 - 15.5 miles) in the canoes and the routines and activities are tailor-made around the guests' requirements and the movements of the game animals.
The experience of a Zambezi canoe safari offers visitors a unique opportunity to embrace the pace and unrivalled beauty of the unspoilt Lower Zambezi's wilderness. Excellent bird-watching and incredible game viewing combine with the magnificent surroundings and thrilling sense of adventure as Africa seeps into your core and leaves you with a deep-rooted sense of tranquility.
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by Katie Findlay