RCGS: The Zambezi Valley with Travis Steffens

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Wildlife
Activity level:
Moderate
Activity Rating - Moderate
Trip code: 
WZR
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Activity:
Wildlife Holidays
Group size:
4–12
Ages:
16+

Experience a magnificent wildlife experience canoeing and walking in the Zambezi Valley with RCGS Fellow Travis Steffens 

Dr. Travis Steffens, Naturalist, Primatologist and Professor of Anthropology and Executive Director of the charity Planet Madagascar. Travis is a Fellow of the RCGS and Explorers Club and is also a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Primate Specialist Group.  

Embark on an exciting and intimate wildlife experience, canoeing and walking through the Zambezi Valley hosted by Dr. Travis Steffens with one of Exodus’ award winning expert local guides. The mighty Zambezi is an excellent location for a canoe safari, taking all the excitement and thrill of a safari into an active adventure. Camping out on secluded beaches, the days are spent relishing magnificent scenery and abundant game, while passing the ever-present basking crocodiles and hippo pods. Away from the water there is also plenty of time for game walks and drives to experience the diverse wildlife and remarkable scenery this region has to offer. 

Travis loves the outdoors and photography and is sure to capture some incredible Zambezi wildlife shots and has spent over 15 years leading wildlife expeditions, safaris and conservation projects across South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Madagascar, Belize, Costa Rica, Canada and Russia. His intimate knowledge of wildlife, cultures, and environments helps others understand the connections between people, wildlife, and their shared landscapes. 

Highlights

  • Experience the peace and tranquillity of canoeing on the Zambezi
  • Camp out under the stars on secluded islands
  • Game drives in Chiawa Game Management Area, renowned for its elephant sightings
  • Game walks and canoeing in the Lower Zambezi National Park
  • Special Departure with Travis Steffens 

Key information

  • 4 nights semi-participatory camping with either limited or no facilities, 3 nights camping in tented camp with shared facilities
  • Travel by open canoes on the Zambezi River
  • No previous experience necessary
  • Countries visited: Zambia

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Lusaka; transfer to the Zambezi River.

    After the arrival of the group flight in the early afternoon, we transfer to the Zambezi River. Most of this road transfer to the start of the safari is on tar road with the last section of the journey being along a bush dirt track making a change to a 4WD vehicle is necessary. Depending on the time we arrive at the Zambezi River we will cross over to our evening campsite on Nyamumba island by canoe or motor boat . Dinner is prepared by the guide.
    Please note: Clients must not book flights arriving after 12PM.
    Accommodation: Wild Camping
    Semi-participatory Camping

    Meals included: Lunch Dinner
  • Days 2-4

    Three days canoeing and wildlife watching on the Zambezi River, camping on remote islands.

    We have three days canoeing with early starts as it is often better to canoe in the early hours when it is not so hot, and more importantly, when the easterly head wind is at its weakest. The pace is gentle to allow us to make the most of wildlife viewing opportunities. We look out for elephant feeding on the banks, basking crocodiles and numerous colourful bird species including the magnificent African Fish eagle. The list of species we spot may include buffalo, baboon, Vervet monkey, Pied kingfisher, Goliath heron, Carmine Bee eaters and maybe even lion! We will frequently pass pods of hippo basking in the deeper water who will no doubt be keeping an eye on us! There are few signs of human habitation throughout our time on the river. Lunches and breakfasts are either taken on islands or on the banks of the river.

    Accommodation: Wild Camping
    Semi-participatory Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Morning canoeing; afternoon game walk and drive in Game Management Area.

    We canoe to the Chiawa Game Management Area, which is situated 18 kms from the Lower Zambezi National Park just opposite the Mana Pools, where we spend the night in our fly camp based on mainland. This is an area rich in wildlife and is renowned for the numerous elephant sightings. It is also home to warthog, waterbuck, impala, kudu, and rare Samango monkeys, with many riverene bird species including the Lilac-breasted roller. We have an afternoon game walk or game drive through the reserve where we hope to spot other nocturnal species such as genet, civet, hyena, porcupine, aardvark and if really lucky, the elusive leopard.

    Accommodation: Fly Camp in Game Management Area
    Comfortable Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Canoe to Lower Zambezi N.P.; morning game walk; afternoon game drive back to camp.

    Today we canoe from the Chiawa Game Management Area into the Lower Zambezi National Park (approximately 8km downstream). We have a morning game walk with a guide, and then have lunch in the park under the shade of the trees or on the banks of the Zambezi River. After lunch we will be taken on a game drive through the park back to our fly camp on the banks of the river in Game Management Area. If river water levels are too high in the winter months (May – July), due to excess water being released from Lake Kariba, we may use a boat transfer as certain road crossing may be flooded.

    Accommodation: Fly Camp in Game Management Area
    Comfortable Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Transfer to our riverside camp.

    We are transferred by road from our bush camp in the Game Management Area to Zambezi Breezes today. Should river conditions necessitate we may use a boat transfer back to Zambezi Breezes where required.

    Accommodation: Zambezi Breezes or similar
    Semi-participatory Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Transfer to Lusaka; end.

    An early start today; after breakfast we transfer approximately 4-5 hrs to Lusaka where our tour ends in the late morning. Those on the group flights will be transferred to the airport for the flight to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Zambia

British, European, N. American, Australian and New Zealand passport holders require a visa to enter Zambia. Single entry visas are available at all ports of entry. The visa fee for British nationals is currently USD50 for a single entry visa.

Vaccinations

Zambia

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners included.

Meals are prepared for you but group members are asked to assist in preparation and washing up.

Typical meals

Breakfast: Cereals or coffee and toast plus a fried breakfast on most days.

Lunch: Fresh salads, cold meats, cheese, bread, condiments, fruit.

Evening meal: Biggest meal of the day, stews, pasta, curry, local cuisine.

Vegetarians can be catered for but given the difficulties of preparing different meals while wild camping, the variety of food may be limited.

Please indicate special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian or allergies) when booking. We will supply the following drinks: fruit squash served throughout, and tea or coffee served with breakfast and dinner.

There is always a plentiful supply of chlorinated water available (sometimes even chilled!) and we encourage you to drink water throughout the day to avoid dehydration.

All other beverages will be at your own expense and can be purchased at the supermarket in Lusaka prior to travelling to the river.

Weather

With its exceptionally mild winters Zambia is best enjoyed during the dry season. This period extends from May to early November. The days are generally dry, hot and sunny with day time highs around 25ºC, however nights can be cool (down to 10ºC). From June to August it can be exceptionally cold. September and October are the hottest months where daytime highs are regularly 35º+ and temperatures at night can be in the low to mid 20s. Rainfall is generally confined between the months of November and April. Rains normally occur as heavy showers, but they tend to clear rapidly with sunshine still predominant.

Lusaka, Zambia

Is this trip for you?

This is generally a comfortable participatory safari but, as it goes through some wild country, you should come prepared to be flexible and expect delays or inconvenience.
Travel is by Canadian-style 18ft. two-person canoes and open backed safari vehicle. No previous experience is necessary but you should have a reasonable level of fitness on what is an active trip. An ability to swim is recommended.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
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Accommodation

Camping

On this tour we spend 4 nights camping in two-man dome tents and 3 nights in a set up bush camps with showers, toilets and large tents.

The camping is semi-participatory as participants are asked to assist with camp chores and you will have to erect and dismantle your own tents whilst on the canoeing safari. Most nights are spent wild camping with no facilities provided. All camping equipment is provided.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
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1 844 227 9087
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