Mana Pools Canoe Trail

Reviews of Mana Pools Canoe Trail

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Below are independent comments from 4 of our travellers who have visited Mana Pools Canoe Trail, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Wiljo from Norfolk
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Excellent
Location:
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Rooms:
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Food:
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Mana Pools Canoe Trail review

This feedback has been dealt with separately in an email to Tracy Lederer. I have allocated "activities" no comment for this questionnaire but Tracy will have the full report. I have ticked the box below about "concerns" which have already been discussed with Tracy, so, we do not need to be contacted again by Expert Africa.

The categories graded below are presumably for the mobile camp which was set up at Chessa and which was excellent all round.

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Mr K from New York
Arrived on: 16-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Excellent
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Mana Pools Canoe Trail review

Canoe safari was excellent. Was expecting to "rough-it", but the camps were incredibly luxurious.

Being on the water gave a whole new perspective.

Water level was low, so some smaller channels were blocked, which was disappointing.

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Mr T & Ms N from Toronto
Arrived on: 8-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ian and Michelle - Mana Canoe Trail Review

Canoing the Lower Zambezi was a perfect way to conclude our initial Africal Safari. They call it camping, but other than the fact you are tecnically sleeping in a portable tent, it felt more like we were celebrities being catered to by our entourage than real camping. One could easily get use to this!

There were two couples on this 3-day, 3-night trip. We had two guides, and also had a team of five camp staff who did absolutely everything for you (except what you do in the privacy of your own tent).

You canoe down the river. We never had to paddle too hard, which allowed for lots of gazing at the wonderous scenery including the many hippos, and the mostly hidden crocs. The shores were littered with wildlife including elephants, waterbuck, buffalo, and many birds. The elephants were the star of the show during our trip. On day 1, when we arrived at our campsite. It was all set up but we could not get out of the canoes because there was a large bull elephant eating branches off a tree on the river bank, blocking our way into our campsite. We had to find another landing spot.

On day 2, we got even closer. During the midday siesta, a group of six elephants walked right through our rest area, coming withing a few feet of us. Our excellent guide Henry ensured that no one was alarmed or endangered, so we just sat back and enjoyed the once-in-a-lifetime experience of being that close to truly wild elephants... got some GREAT pictures.

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Mr & Mrs P from Volcano
Arrived on: 26-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Please see Vundu Camp review

I reviewed this under "Vundu Camp" since it was really part of that experience.

As I said, the Ruwesi Canoe Trail was the highlight of our Mana Pools visit. Our guide, Mark van Zuydam, was the absolute best! The river experience is really an adventure, and having a competent guide is a critical part of the trip. We saw lots of game (including passing by hundreds of hippos!) from the canoes, and enjoyed walks when on shore. The mobile camps were very comfortable in spectacular riverside settings.

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