River Horse Safaris
River Horse Safaris
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Area. Lower Zambezi Canoeing Safaris Zambia Safari style. Self contained canoeing safaris traveling downstream camping wild on remote islands through designated National Parks and wilderness areas. Canoeing safaris cover over 230km of river flanked by National Parks on both Northern and Southern borders. Trips may range from 2 to 9 nights with various additional activities included.
Chirundu, Zambia

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Daniel W
Cologne, Germany4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
I went with my dad to do the Great Zambezi 9 day River Safari. It was espectacular!! It is imposible to put the feelings in writing, you just have to experience yourself. Our whole adventure was as perfect as it could possible be. Anthony organised everything for us, he is definitely the guy you want to contact if you thinking about discovering the Zambezi. He and his wife Denise gave us a welcome, that you feel part of the family from the start. Starting the trip with a day at the Breezer camp, enjoying some wild stories of Anthony while sitting in the pool with the view on the Zambezi, having a beer and greeting the hipo right beside you. You just have to see for yourself to belief it.
To go on the river you definitely have to ask for CB. CB is an amazing person, a guide with his heart on the Zambezi. He has 25 years of experience on the river, he gives you the feeling of security you need, while all the time the hipos popping up in the water and the crocodiles dive under the canoe. CB and his assistent Akre cared about everything, looked for the bests spots to put up the tent, explained a lot about the animals and got us so close to elefants and hipos you would never believe is possible. We are so thankful, that we had the opportunity for that unique experience. 1000thanks to Anthony, Denise, CB, Akre and the whole team!!!
Written November 21, 2021
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ElixirOfLife
London, UK1 contribution
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Sep 2020
If there is one trip to Africa you have to do then look no further. This is the one!

We were a group of 3 and travelling during covid-19 times was the best decision we made. I am passionate about wildlife conservation and it was devasting to see the impact of the loss of tourist numbers was doing to the eco-tourism industry in Zambia. I was hence determined to go on this trip and hopefully others will follow suit and support the local communities that depend on such tourism.

Anthony has been running the canoeing safaris for over 25 and has also trained many of the guides who do this tour. Our guide Cuthbert was simply amazing. So knowledgable, attentive to detail and always put safety first.

We camped on the several remote islands each night under the stars. The sounds of hippos, the lions roaring, the hyenas howling punctuated the night air. We saw elephants on a daily basis and it was so special to see them from a canoe as oppposed to a game vehicle.

We also had amazing meals during the trip and Cuthbert went the extra mile to accomodte our meal preferences.

I also fent an enormous sense of achievement on completing this trip. Wild camping without any facilities. Pitching and taking down the tent each day, canoeing hours each day, dinner by the campfire each night...

I would absolutely not hesistate to come back here again or recommend this tour to anyone. This is a very special place and is one that will invigorate your soul.
Written October 1, 2020
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javi_bc44
Oviedo19 contributions
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Aug 2022 • Couples
We have visited several places in Africa where we have enjoyed safaris and wildlife. We discovered this canoeing activity while preparing our trip to Zambia, so we decided to do it.

The experience was incredible!! To spot elephants, hippos, crocs and buffalos while paddeling throught the river was definetely a new and exciting experience for us, we highly recommend it for those travellers and wildlife lovers that would like to check new safari ways, different than common game drives.

Before and during the trip, we were a little bit scared about wildlife encounters, but the guide CB was very careful and cauotios, everytime paid attention to our safety, so all the journeys finished without incidents. But at the same time, he was very helpful and interested to get as close as we felt comfortable to the animals, so we had several exciting moments that we will never forget!

We spotted a couple of huge crocs while paddeling, we stopped on the way to stand closed to a herd of buffalos and we also had a wonderful afternoon watching dozens of elephants drinking water in front of one of our campsite on the way. Not to forget the many times we saw hippos heads going up and down in the water staring at us, after some days you feel like routine to paddle from one side to another in the river, to avoid them.

Booking and payment was possible to be made smoothly and remotely, by email and before landing in Zambia. On the whole, it was a great experience that we would like to repeat with family and friends.
Written August 17, 2022
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nadia m
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May 2023 • Couples
I cannot express what a fantastic time I had on the mighty Zambezi with CB as our guide! I came with my family on an impulsive trip to Zambia, while relatively short, the 4 in 1 canoe trip was the highlight of the holiday. We were the first safari of the season according to CB and his trainee, and while we expected the trip to be focused mainly on birding my expectations were exceeded by far. The first day we saw countless hippos, had close encounters with elephants and crocs, and camped on a beautiful beachy bank. CB did a great job at making us all feel safe as well as immersed in the nature. He was incredibly knowledgeable and informative about the area as well as great company in general. The meals were top notch, best I’ve ever had while camping. Full English breakfasts, salads and sandwiches for lunch, and delicious stews and stirfrys for dinner. My father is a vegetarian as well as we’re one of the others joining us on our trip and they were well accommodated with food as well. There’s so much to write but words don’t do the experience justice! Fantastic holiday, 10/10 would do again in a heartbeat.
Written May 5, 2023
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Thank you so much for your positive feedback. I am glad you had a wonderful experience with us!
Written May 24, 2023
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John
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Oct 2022
Truly one of a kind experience! From the moment I arrived at the Breezes River Lodge to canoeing through the Zambezi, it was nothing but spectacular.

Ant and his team at River Horse Safaris organised everything brilliantly and CB (Cuthbert) was a fantastic guide during our time on the river. CB shared his expertise and passion for the great river, as well as keeping us all safe and sound along the route. Would definitely do it all again and recommend to anyone looking for a unique way to experience the magical Zambezi.
Written March 2, 2023
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Thank you for the review John. Great to hear you had a memorable experience with us.
Written May 24, 2023
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hyth2018
35 contributions
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May 2022
A Canoe trip on the Zambezi was long standing wish list. I had a wonderful experience from start of pre-booking enquiries through email exchanges then WhatsApp messages with Anthony (Ant).
I was arriving directly from the UK; transfer was arranged from Luska airport which was just over 3 hours to campsite. The tent at campsite pre-trip provided was very comfortable with a camping bed and mains electricity to change mobile phone and camera.
I was a solo traveller joining two other couples on the 4 days Island trail trip. The others had been travelling across Africa for months so was great to hear about the places they visited.
The Canoe trip itself, the scenery and amount of wild life we saw in natural habitat was just amazing. I took loads of pictures and video clips which were a great to reminder of the trip when I got home.
Very little effort or level of fitness was required, as we were heading down stream almost all the time.
We always felt safe due to the expertise of Cuthbert (CB) who has been guiding these trips for over 20 years. CB made the trip a great joy with comments and guiding us to locations of wildlife was likely to be located. The food prepared on the campsite fire was great; full fried breakfast, salads and or sandwiches for lunch and stews for dinner. The others on the trip were vegetarian who also had great meals prepared. Many thanks to All at River horse for a wonderful experience.
Written September 2, 2022
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Thank you for the review. Great to hear we delivered memorable experience.
Written May 24, 2023
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Megi
4 contributions
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Feb 2021
Our 3 day canoeing safari on the Zambezi river as a couple with our amazing guides CB and Best was a trip of a lifetime. CB has the experience of 25 years and can share unique knowledge and makes you feel safe all the time. They spoiled us the whole trip with lovely places and tasty food (we wished vegetarian and it was very delicious!). When we spotted an elephant they brought us to the land so that we could approach on foot. We loved this trip so much, it is an unforgettable trip and a must to do in Zambia!
Also the organization ahead with Anthony was perfect.
Written March 1, 2021
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Thanks Ralf, good effort braving the Zambezi in the height of the rains. Glad you enjoyed.
Written March 4, 2021
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Louise
17 contributions
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Jun 2021
We went on a 4 night, 5 day canoe trip as a small group of friends. We had a guide (CB) and an assistant guide (Ahmed) with us, and they ensured we were happy, safe and well fed for the whole trip. They had excellent knowledge of the animals and birds. We saw lots of hippos, crocodiles, elephants up close from the canoe and car as well as lions!

The whole trip was very organised, with both guides ensuring campsites were suitable and making excellent food for us on every stop along the way. There were fresh fruit and vegetables for every meal, and a constant supply of cold water for the hot parts of the day and tea for the cooler evenings. The tents provided had the option of just mesh which gave an amazing view of the stars in the evening.

Would highly recommend this trip!
Written June 24, 2021
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Simon F
10 contributions
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Sep 2023 • Friends
Unbelievable experience - what a wonderful adventure. We had five nights and seven days on the river and the most amazing time.
Every day was different and full of magic moments.
The pace was leisurely and the scenery and wildlife magnificent.
The evenings of music around the campfire at night were also a highlight.
Our guides, CB and Wallace made us feel safe and comfortable at all times, even though there were definitely some nervous moments.
Thank you for one of the most memorable experiences of our lives.
Written October 7, 2023
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4 contributions
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Sep 2023 • Couples
We had an awesome experience with River Horse Safaris and Breezes lodge. We were really well looked after in all aspects from inquiry to experience. Nothing was too much trouble and they were always on hand to enhance your experience in some way.
The Island trail was a fantastic adventure and was made all the more special by our guiding team. They were both knowledgeable but also great company for the campfire evenings on a deserted island in the middle of the Zambezi.
Would definitely recommend as a great experience that is both accessible, yet adventurous that will provide anyone with lasting great memories
Written September 11, 2023
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