Your journey begins just below Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe – one of the worlds largest man-made lakes. The hydroelectric power created from the Kariba Dam generates electricity for much of Zimbabwe and Zambia.
From the Dam wall you begin to approach the most pristine and undisturbed section of the Zambezi.
This part of the river is flanked by Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park on the northern banks, and Mana Pool National Park, Sapi, & Chewore Safari Area in Zimbabwe. These three areas on the Zimbabwean side collectively form a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Because the land on either side of the river is protected by National Parks, this stretch from Kariba to Cahorra Bassa form the most game-rich wilderness area on the Zambezi.
Aside from the occasional boat from sparsely dotted camps along the bank, you are the only one on the river, drifting silently downstream as you view all walks of wildlife, undisturbed by your subtle presence, quenching their thirst along the Zambezi’s refreshing shores. This exceptional section of the river truly is a sanctuary, unlike any place you have ever seen and will leave you walking away with memories to last a lifetime.
As you meander further east, you will observe the river changing from open channels and islands famous to the Mana Pools area, to a narrow deep-water gorge as the wide and magnificent Zambezi Escarpment, gradually crawls toward the river’s edge. A completely different, but equally remarkable landscape on your voyage.
The final section of your adventure takes you out of the gorge where the river widens yet again. The Escarpment loosens its grip on river and retreats back to allow the stunning banks and beaches to reappear below the rolling, wooded hills & mountains….
The voyage ends either at this point being Masau Lodge where the Merediths own a stunning and comfortable fishing camp. Here you can enjoy the pleasures of a sparkling swimming pool, hot showers, laundry and peace of an adventure completed.
For the brave hearted adventure seekers the journey may continue into the vast domain of the 285km long Cahorra Bassa. This enormous expanse of water has an attraction of its own where guests can camp several nights on remote untouched islands seeing and hearing little but the dark star filled skies and ‘honks of resident hippo’.
During your entire journey you will be able to observe the plentiful wildlife on the banks of both the Zimbabwean and Zambian sides of the river. Mana Pools National Park and the Lower Zambezi National Park are protected areas with a plethora of plains game, elephant, baboons & rare samango monkeys. The elusive leopard and lion have too often been spotted hiding in the shade of the famous ‘apple ring acacias’. Beneath the surface, hippos roam and crocodiles lurk.
The Zambezi River is famous for its Tiger fishing. This aggressive predator patrols the river in plentiful numbers giving the angler a very real chance of catching several every day. The diversity of the natural habitat during the length of this trip means that anglers can attempt most forms of angling- fly fishing, spinning, bait fishing and conventional tackle drifting. Due to this relatively unpopulated stretch of the Zambezi one can arguably say this is some of the best tiger fishing in the World. The average size mature fish will start at 5lbs going all the way through to our record fish of 21.5lbs..
Many other species are available to explore. The river offers prime bream fishing which is known to many as possibly the best eating fish. Other species include Vundu, Barbel (catfish), Cornish jack, bottlenose, parrot fish, chesa, imbire and many many more.
Rods and terminal tackle are provided for anglers of any experience.
There is excellent opportunity for birding during the trip where guests will be provided with binoculars, birding books and professional help from both our onboard guide and cameraman.
1000’s of migratory birds as well as the permanent dwellers fill the river shores and flora to keep even the most novice birder entertained for hours on end.
Rare species such as the Angolan Pita, African spoon bills, Pel’s fishing owl and Narina Trogon can be seen in this region.
Should you see something interesting further inland from the river’s edge, your on-board professional guide will take you exploring into the bush to track game and get an up close view of the wildlife who reside deeper into the bush.
River God Adventures boat is a custom built aluminum / fiberglass pontoon boat. Seven meters long and 3 meters wide the carpeted deck provides a very comfortable and spacious living area.
The boat is equipped with 2 60HP 4 stroke ‘lean burn’ Suzuki motors. These motors minimize any harmful effects to the environment through both emissions and noise. The silent motors ensure that you get to enjoy your game viewing and fishing with very little disturbance.
A fridge and ice machine are permanently fitted to the gantry of the boat insuring our guests with ice cold refreshments and fresh food throughout the journey.
A private freshwater shower is situated on the back of the boat which can be used during travel or at night under the stars.
Dry compartments are available to store all guests personal equipment and valuables.
2 Rooftop tents are situated on a platform built above the main deck of the boat, allowing for space and freedom to get around during the day, and safety from the elements in the evening. Each tent sleeps a maximum of 2 pax.
River God also offers its guests the opportunity to sleep under the stars on white sand beaches on the Zimbabwe shoreline.
Meals on private beaches along the river
Catch of the day
On board chef
Special permission for islands
DOCUMENTING YOUR SAFARI
One option available to you is to have your safari documented for you, so that your time in Africa is eternalised.
Whether you want your safari captured as a video, stills or a combination of the two, your safari will always be there to remind you of the African continent, drawing you into another time and allowing you to relive your African-Eye experience.
The second option is to do a safari with our group & a (Professional Photographic Guide) that is aimed to hone your photographic skills and techniques whether you are professional or amateur. We aspire to help you capture light and nature in such a way as to create an entirely new dimension to your perspective…
Our private African-Eye safaris are of an exclusive standard. The accommodation is comprised of luxury camps & boats, all off of the beaten track. The itineraries tailor made to your leisure and convenience. Explore with us the adventure that is Africa through our eyes.