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Lower Zambezi, Lake Kariba
& Mana Pools 



This is unquestionably a one-of-a-kind tour that should not be missed. Our journey will begin in Livingstone, Zambia. Over the following two days, we will travel towards the lower Zambezi and Lake Kariba while absorbing the local culture and traditions. We'll spend the following three days on the banks of the Zambezi before heading to Lake Kariba for the next two days.


The name Kariba (Kariva - meaning trap) alludes to a boulder that protruded from the whirling water at the entrance to the canyon near the Kariba dam wall location and is now submerged more than a hundred feet below the water level. In several traditions, this rock was the abode of the mighty River God Nyaminyami, who pulled anybody who came too close into the river's depths for all eternity.

When the valley people learned that they would be relocated from their tribal territories and the mighty Zambezi River would be stopped, they believed the river deity would become enraged and force the water to boil and demolish the white man's bridge with floods.

A year after the Kariba dam was completed, the river swelled to flood level, damaging some equipment and the access roads. The odds of another flood occurring the next year were nearly a thousand to one, yet flood it did, three meters higher than the previous year. This time demolishing the access bridge, the coffer dam, and sections of the main wall. “Nyaminyami” had made good on his threat. He had reclaimed the gorge. His floods flowed over the ruins of his adversaries at more than sixteen million liters per second, a deluge that had been projected to occur only once every ten thousand years.

Although man eventually triumphed when the dam was completed, the dam was finally opened in 1960, this being the world’s largest artificial lake and reservoir by volume. Lake Kariba is also home to the fierce tiger fish, renowned among avid anglers, while herds of wildlife wander its shores.

Tour text information 

After five days on the banks of the Zambezi and Lake Kariba, we will pack up camp and head to Mana Pools.

Declared as a World Heritage Site, spectacularly remote and boasting magnificent landscapes intersected by the Zambezi River, Mana Pools. "Mana" refers to the four big pools in the park, which are remnants of ancient ox-bow lakes carved out by the mighty Zambezi. Mana Pools is also one of the world’s wildest and best preserved natural ecological areas.

The National Park covers an area of 2196 sq. km extending from the Zambezi River in the north to the escarpment in the south. It needs little no introduction to the avid wildlife enthusiast and is probably most famous for its spectacular golden light, albida forests and elephants that stand on their hind legs to get to the life-sustaining albida pods in the dry season.

Several prides of lion have made this their territory, and they are regularly spotted. The park is also particularly well known for sightings of the endangered wild dog. Leopard, cheetah, and hyena are also occasionally encountered.

We will spend 5 days exploring these magnificent wonders called Mana Pools.

Additional activities 

Fishing / Tiger Fishing


Game Viewing

Bird Watching

Feel the sand between your toes as you walk along one of the only beaches in Zambia.

River Cruises

Photographic Safaris


Walking Trails

Tour Price Includes

Camping Fees

Morning Coffee with rusks

2 Bags of wood per night

Two-way radios for in-vehicle-communication

Experienced Guide & Advanced 4x4 Driving Instructor

First Aider

Satellite Communication

Surprise Gift- Pack

Tour Price Excludes



Border Fees

Park & Conservation Fees

4x4 Vehicle Hire

Daily Activities

Transfer Fees


Recovery Gear

Frequently asked questions 

Where does the tour start and end?

START – Livingstone (Zambia)

END – Mana Pools National Park


Total Kilometers of tour:

+- 960 km.



Because the campsites in Zimbabwe National Parks are unfenced, it is not recommended that children under the age of 12 camp there.


Vehicle Requirements:

4x2 & 4x4 with good ground clearance.

Equipped with standard tires.

Fuel range of approx. 850km.

Advisable to carry extra fuel, especially if you choose too self-drive.

Features accessible recovery points, securely attached to the chassis.


Trailers / Caravans:

Camping Trailers & Offroad Caravans.



Own camping equipment is required.

Fridge/Freezer and cooking/braai accessories.

Rooftop tents.

Some campsites may lack comprehensive ablution facilities, so it is essential to be self-sufficient in these situations.


Documentation Required:

A valid passport with at least 6 months remaining validity before expiry.

A valid driver’s license.

Children need a valid passport and an unabridged birth certificate as well as a letter of consent if not accompanied by both parents.

Guests from non-SADC countries may need a visa if required.

Original Vehicle registration certificate (a certified copy is acceptable). Drivers whose vehicles are still financed will have to use a certified copy of the registration certificate.

If you are not the registered owner of the vehicle, you must have a letter from the financial institution, company, or friend authorizing you to take the vehicle across the border.

Proof of vehicle insurance.


Pyramid, Pretoria Gauteng 0120


+27 79 883 8180

+27 82 386 9520



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