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About River Horse Safaris
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.
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ElixirOfLife wrote a review Oct 2020
London, United Kingdom1 contribution
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.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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aspri11 wrote a review Dec 2019
6 contributions1 helpful vote
We went on the 4 day canoeing safari on the Lower Zambezi and it was absolutely stunning. It included a walking safari with a park ranger and 2 night game drives. We saw elephants our second day up close and personal and tracked a lion on one of the game drives. I would absolutely do this again. Our guide, CB, and his assistant, Best, we're extremely knowledgeable and helpful. A very cool way to see the country.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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eusebio deiana wrote a review Dec 2019
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In August 2019 I did a 5 days/4 nights canoeing tour in the Lower Zambesi which was the absolute highlight of my 2 weeks stay in Zambia. I had never been on a canoe before so the idea of spending several days paddling in a huge river full of hippos and crocs was somehow nerve-wracking. Thanks to the skills of our guide CB (from Zimbabwe) and the great dishes prepared every day by Best (a young Zambian) it turned out to be one of the best experiences I have ever had whilst travelling abroad. Every morning we started canoeing in the Lower Zambesi for a couple of hours before stopping for a quick lunch on the riverbanks (with CB always checking to make sure that the spot was safe enough for us to camp). Then again on the river for another couple of hours before pitching the tents in small islands right in the middle of the river (so to avoid lions at night). It was just the five of us and the two great guys from River Horse Safaris and we were literally in the wilderness. Needless to say the thousands of hippos, crocs, elephants, impalas, warthogs and monkeys we saw during the 5 days were just the icing on the cake of a truly breathtaking experience. Indeed we had some scary moments along the way (trying to avoid huge hippos in the middle of the river, elephants grazing few meters away from our tents in the middle of the nights, strong winds that made the paddling quite tiring) but in the end that was totally worth. We also had some night safaris and even tough we never spotted any lion or leopard the driving in the pitch black of the Zambesi area was an unexpected bonus to an already incredible experience. Having spent some days on a classical safaris just after (great experience too) I can surely affirm that the Zambesi experience was by far the best thing I have done in Zambia. It was scary, real, adventurous, hilarious and I would recommend it 100%. Thanks to CB (safety comes first in such cases and he was always top notch) and thanks to Best (great food cooked literally out of nothing)... you guys have been great. And thanks to River Horse Safaris for helping people like me to discover the real Africa. If you happen to plan a trip to Zambia give this experience a try .... you will not regret it.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Brent W wrote a review Jun 2019
4 contributions1 helpful vote
We are a family of 6 (from Canada) with children ages 14, 17, 19 and 21, and a priest friend as well, for a total of seven people. Two in our party were quite fearful, (not the 14 year old) but Cuthbert (CB) and Best were great! We did a three day/two night safari, and it was perfect. The guides prepared all of our meals, and helped us set up camp on a safe island in the Zambezi River. It was quite windy so we had the wind to contend with, but overall it was lovely. I especially liked the camping in the sky tents (you could see the stars) and the meals were more than enough!!! I also liked hearing all the animals at night. We felt quite safe, despite our imaginations, and had to pay attention to the animals in the water. We also visited a village on the shore. I would highly recommend the canoe safari! Just book it!!
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Date of experience: May 2019
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91Chris wrote a review Dec 2018
Hertfordshire, England37 contributions28 helpful votes
We have been fortunate to travel to Africa many times, doing different types of safari in different countries and staying in accommodation ranging from very basic to luxurious. Our canoe trip in July 2018 on the Zambezi with River Horse Safaris was possibly the best African experience we have ever had. We booked directly and River Horse arranged a three night trip just for our family of 4 ('kids' are 20 and 24) since none of their scheduled departures coincided with our dates. Also, we wanted to stay on in the Lower Zambezi NP after the canoeing and they adapted our route so that we could start further east than their usual departures and we were able to canoe right to the lodge which we had booked for a stay in the heart of the national park. The time we spent on the river was simply fantastic. The highlight was not necessarily in the amount or variety of game we saw (though there is plenty to spot and wonderful birdlife) but in the true escape into the African wilderness. Apart from the very occasional fisherman, we saw no-one else during our trip. We camped on sandbanks in the middle of the river with no facilities other than what we carried with us on the 3 canoes. The sounds of the river at dawn and the magnificent skies at sunrise and sunset will remain forever. Our main guide was Cuthbert (CB). His knowledge and experience of the river was both incredible and inspiring and one of the pleasures (and privileges) of the trip was to sit around the evening campfire and share in his wisdom and wit. He was very ably assisted by Best and they both worked incredibly hard to provide wonderful food and make sure every aspect of the trip was extremely well planned and safe. They are true professionals. This is very different to a normal safari in a vehicle. Sitting in the back of a jeep spotting animals and being told about them even by the very best guides is a fairly passive experience. This is totally immersive and involving. The canoeing is not difficult (although the wind can get up, which makes things more challenging). The guys were so efficient and organised that they took care of all the chores, despite our offers, leaving us with maximum time to relax and take in the awesome natural beauty of the surroundings. I wouldn't recommend this trip to anyone who needs luxury accommodation (the loo is a hole you dig in the sand with a specially dedicated paddle...) and think very hard about it if you are nervous about wildlife encounters. The numerous hippos and crocs on the river can present serious dangers if you are not guided by real experts and anyone who is anxious about that sort of thing will not relax and get the most out of this experience. But if you have an adventurous spirit, love Africa and the idea of propelling yourself along one of its mighty and timeless rivers, do not hesitate to do this trip with River Horse Safaris.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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