RUWESI CANOE TRAIL – MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK

The Ruwesi Canoe Trail is located within Mana National Park and covers a section of the middle Zambezi Valley. Each day you canoe through the most scenic parts of the Zambezi River and then camp at a different spot in the wild along the Zambezi River every evening. We recommend spending a few days at either Vundu or Little Vundu first before moving on to the Ruwesi Canoe Trail.

Nick and Desirée are both professional guides with decades of experience, and they offer guests exclusive and authentic private guided safaris in Mana Pools, Zimbabwe. Their camps include the luxurious Vundu Camp built on the banks of the Zambezi River, Little Vundu, the Ruwesi Canoe Trail which is ideal for adventurous travellers and lastly the rugged Chitake Mobile Camp.

Enjoy exceptional wildlife encounters and superb close-up photographic opportunities of painted wolves, elephant, lion, plains game and colourful birdlife – all with the backdrop of Mana Pools’ amazing scenery. Activities on offer include game drives, walking safaris, fishing on an island or gently drifting down the Zambezi River on a canoe or motorboat.

LOCATION

The Ruwesi Canoe Trail covers a section of the middle Zambezi Valley in the Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe. Access is via a light aircraft flight which takes 1.25 hours from Harare and 2.10 hours from Victoria Falls. You are met at the airstrip and transferred to Vundu Camp via a game drive and then on to the Ruwesi Trail.

CAMP

Accommodation is in spacious 3m x 3m walk-in mobile Meru Tents with ensuite open-air bush bathrooms with bucket showers and flush toilets. The camps are set up before you arrive each evening.

Each tent is furnished with large proper beds on steel frames with a comfortable mattress on a wooden base and a bedside table and paraffin lamps are used throughout the camp.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served alfresco style with a private chef on site each day preparing fresh, wholesome meals.

The camp is run entirely on solar and there is no WiFi available.

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ACTIVITIES AND WILDLIFE

Canoe safaris run from the beginning of April and end in November each year and a 2 or 3 night experience is recommended. There is a maximum of two people per canoe and no previous canoe experience is required to join this safari. Paddlers are available on request.

Game drives and walking safaris are also available and a game drive vehicle will follow with your luggage/personal belongings to each camp every day.

Bushlife Safaris is known for their excellent guiding and both Nick and Desiree are both qualified guides who have nearly 60 years of experience in the bush between them.

Mana Pools is a photographer’s paradise and is one of a few parks that allows you to get out of your vehicle allowing for upclose encounters and lower camera angles. The light also varies dramatically throughout the day and in different areas of the park.

Nick has a wealth of knowledge on wildlife and is a qualified Zimbabwean Professional Guide. He was appointed as the head guide to help the BBC Earth crew for the duration of their filming in Mana Pools for Dynasties’ Painted Wolf episode which took 2 years to produce.

Nick and Desiree also founded Bushlife Conservancy that is dedicated to the protection and conservation of wildlife and habitats in Africa, primarily in the Zambezi River Valley of Zimbabwe and Zambia.

GIVING BACK

Bushlife Safaris are very active members in the Mana Pools National Park community and are passionate about wildlife conservation in Zimbabwe. Nick and Desirée are completely dedicated to conservation – for their children’s generation, and generations to come.

In 2015 following many years of continuous work on the anti-poaching front the Bushlife Support Unit was set up uniting the Zambezi Valley community together in a consolidated effort to stop poaching in the area. The Bushlife Support Unit is the ‘boots-on-the-ground’ team and anti-poaching patrols are deployed daily in vehicles and boats.

The Bushlife Painted Wolf Conservancy is a branch of Bushlife Support Unit Trust and specialises in the research and conservation of the African Wild Dog.

THE RUWESI CANOE SAFARI RUNS FROM THE BEGINNING OF APRIL THROUGH TO THE END OF NOVEMBER EVERY YEAR

THE CAMP WELCOME FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGED 12 YEARS AND OLDER

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Call +44 1386 830264 or Email [email protected]

Our expert staff are on-hand, happy to assist with any enquiry you have.

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