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Canoeing Safari (Full Day)

Livingstone, Zambia

Activity Description

Privately guided canoe safaris takes you through narrow channels on the majestic Zambezi River. Paddle past crossing elephants and hippo pools and spot abundant birdlife and game as you drift past the Zambezi Game Park and Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.
Makora Quest Canoe Safaris was formed in 1985 and is the oldest Tourism Company in Livingstone, becoming recognized as an extremely professional canoe safari company. Under the highly skilled and respected founder Colin Lowe, and the previous owner Paul Connelly, it has become the benchmark for guiding on the Zambezi River.

Over the years we have been acknowledged for our personalised service and have built a proud safety record. Our guides are the most important reason why we maintain our safety record; guest’s safety is their top priority. Our guides are all fully qualified and hold licences issued by the Zambian Department of Maritime and Inland Waterways, and have spent many hours of their lives on the river.


Duration7 hours 30 minutes
WhenThroughout the year, subject to availability
WhereThe activity starts at the launch site and ends at the take out site. Return road transfers to local Livingstone accommodation venues are included.
WeatherThe itinerary may be delayed should a thunderstorm occur
What to WearComfortable Clothing; shorts and a T-shirt Sunhat Jumper for the cooler winter months Suitable shoes that can get wet Life jackets are provided and must be worn at all times while on the river
Things to BringCamera with spare batteries and memory card Sunglasses (it is worth securing them with sunglass strings) Sunscreen Binoculars Insect Repellent
Guests or SpectatorsDue to the nature and location of the activity, visitors not partaking in the canoeing activity are unable to accompany the group.


Minimum Age12 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions


Transport to the launch site from local Livingstone hotels is included, after the activity guests will be transported back to their accommodation.
Light lunch and beverages served at a halfway stop.
Professional guides accompany guests for the duration of the canoe trip.

ExclusionsItems of a personal nature


An amazing day’s game viewing on the mighty Zambezi. Paddle past crossing elephants and hippo pools and spot abundant birdlife and game as you drift past the Zambezi Game Park and Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Your adventure starts at 08h00 until 17h00, with a stop on an island for lunch and refreshments.

Customer Reviews

Great day canoeing on the Zambezi with friendly and knowledgeable guides. - Rebecca G

Amazing day on the Zambezi River! Everything was perfect: the organization of the day, the transfers, food, drinks and last but not least the guides and driver were fantastic! - Filippo Cioffi

Thank you very much for an absolutely wonderful day on the mighty Zambezi river. We had an amazing and on occasion exhilarating time as we will not forget being challenged by a hippo running down the bank and into the river to make sure we stayed away from his turf. Our guides Matthew and Prof? (forgive me for not getting your name correct) took excellent care of us all day. We were also very well fed, and appreciated the cold beer at the end of our journey - nice touch! We saw plenty of wildlife, hippos, elephants, crocodiles and numerous birds. This was a very unique way to safari and we enjoyed the easy paddle down the river in very comfortable canoes. We would recommend this trip to anyone - if we 4 old learner paddlers (we in late 50's & early 60's) could do it and enjoy it, anyone can. Give it a go, you won't regret it. - Sandra Walker

We had a fantastic time canoeing the Zambezi. Our guides were top-notch and clearly experienced, steering us around hippos while pointing out and explaining plants and wildlife. They also handled an unpleasant guest well and ensured that the rest of us still had fun despite him. We were lucky enough to see an Elephant, a few hippos, a crocodile, and numerous birds. Lunch was tasty and the transport to and from the river was on time and reasonably comfortable. It is worth mentioning that the canoes are actually kayaks, with double-paddles. They were sturdy and easy to handle. - Brigitte & Dan

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