The river, rapids, and falls of Zimbabwe’s Lower Zambezi make it the adventure tourism hub of Southern Africa. Victoria Falls is, of course, a household name - and here you can do everything from white water rafting to bungee jumping - but all along the Zambezi River are all manner of stunning landscapes and active delights, not to mention some superb national parks and game reserves for thrilling wildlife encounters.
The Mana Pools National Park in northern Zimbabwe is one of the most exciting wildlife hotspots in Africa. It is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but also a Ramsar wetland of international importance, and when the floodplains recede in the dry season, significant numbers of large animals come here in search of water. The Great Mana Expedition in the park lasts seven days and six nights, and is an extraordinary way to explore Mana Pools and feel like a true adventurer. Groups are limited to six guests, and together with a professional wildlife guide you will walk, canoe, and drive through the national park and neighbouring Sapi Concession. You will be completely surrounded by wilderness, visiting places only accessible on foot, and will be immersed in the exhilarating sounds, sights, and smells of the bush. It is a truly unmatched safari experience.
If your preference is for a more sedate adventure along the Zambezi, consider Ruckomechi Camp, the most luxurious of the accommodation options in Mana Pools National Park. Shaded by a large grove of acacia and mahogany trees, the camp looks across the river from its raised position on the riverbank. Here there are the options of both day and night game drives, river cruises, and nature walks. Catch and release fishing for bream, catfish, and tigerfish is a relaxing way to spend an afternoon out on the Zambezi River. Adventures might well continue after dark: you can spend a night sleeping outside on Ruckomechi’s romantic star bed.
Goliath Safaris has run its rustic tented camp by the Zambezi for the past 30 years. It is the epitome of barefoot luxury but has lost none of the atmosphere of being in the bush. Guide Stretch Ferreira is a household name in the safari community: an afternoon in his company will completely transform the way in which you see the environment around you, especially if you join him on a nature walk or canoe safari through the shallower waters of the Zambezi River. Stretch’s numerous awards are highly deserved, and he’s quite a personality!