Canoe Safaris and River Cruises!
The beautiful Zambezi river is the fourth longest river in Africa and is situated right on its banks is the stunning Mvuu Lodge.
The beautiful Zambezi river is the fourth longest river in Africa and is home to a plethora of intriguing flora and fauna. And situated right on its banks is the stunning Mvuu Lodge. This quintessential African Safari Lodge offers luxury tented camps, self-catering and bush camp accommodation. Friendly staff makes you feel welcome, passionate chefs conjure up superb meals, informed and equipped guides to make your safari experience completely unforgettable! At Mvuu we live close to nature. The Lodge is situated in a secluded location deep within the game-rich Chiawa area, next to the Zambezi National Park, opposite the world heritage site of Mana Pools. Indigenous bush surrounds the lodge, wildlife roams freely through the camp, the un-spoilt and abundant river offers phenomenal game fishing – Trophy, catch and release Tigerfish being our specialty. The magnificent Zambezi River is undoubtedly a ‘bucket list’ destination, and we at Mvuu would like to share this enchanting paradise with you.
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Mvuu lies in the heart of a prime stretch of the river that offers exceptional fishing. Trophy Tiger of up to 9kg have been landed and recorded here, and many people have achieved their personal best angling this area of the lower Zambezi.
The waters surrounding Mvuu are varied, from long sand beds to shallow floodplains and deep rocky pools. Because of this, other species such as Bream, Chessa, Nkupi, and the legendary Vundu, are also prolific.
A typical angling day at Mvuu begins at dawn, with the boats equipped and guides ready to take you to the prime spots. If Tiger fishing is on the agenda, then a shortstop to catch bait fish, such as Chessa, will be the first call of the day. Morning angling sessions normally last until about 10 am, at which time we return to camp for brunch and refreshments. Afternoon sessions commence at 3 pm once the midday heat has passed, and carry on until sunset when you can toast to your days’ success with a sundowner, whilst floating down the magnificent river. Fishing is normally broken up into the early morning and/or afternoon sessions, but it can also be organized as a full day activity.
Mvuu also sports its own flotilla of canoes. Canoe safaris, whilst not an everyday item on the activity schedule, can on request be slotted in and tailored to your requirements.
Canoeing on the Lower Zambezi river is an extremely special experience and a wonderful way to appreciate the splendor and beauty of this amazing river. The game, bird life small islands and inlets are many of the wonderful sights that await you as you drift down the river at your leisurely pace.
Mvuu Lodge offers experienced guides who will help you to enjoy this magical trip down one of Africa’s mighty rivers. We offer half day canoeing, full day or overnight safaris. Come and enjoy!
Early morning or evening game drives in our open Toyota Landcruiser vehicle are offered into the surrounding lower Zambezi National Park and Chiawa game management area. These areas are rich in wildlife and are right in our backyard. Take a closer look at our gallery to see what you can expect to find whilst out on a game drive.
The most common sights are the ever-present impala, kudu, huge herds of buffalo and elephant (herds and single bulls). Lion, leopard, and hyena are also often seen in close proximity to the camp. In addition, we have had sightings of the more secretive, animals such as genet, pangolin, and serval.
The Lower Zambezi valley offers a wide range of bird habitats, and because of this, we can promise exceptional bird watching to our guests. The types of terrain surrounding us include escarpment, riverine, wetland and bushveld. This means that a wide variety of bird species can be found in a highly concentrated area.
The bush around the lodge is home to a variety of resident birds such as starlings, parrots, coucaals, owls, lovebirds, cuckoos, and shrikes.
The surrounding bushveld and game park area has many raptors, vultures, ground hornbills, rollers, pheasants, and bee-eaters. The river and tributaries have fantastic bird watching such as kingfishers, skimmers, waders, plovers, herons, and the world famous carmine bee-eaters, that nest in the banks near the camp. Whether you are in camp, cruising on the river, fishing or game viewing there’s always something to see.
The mighty Zambezi River is truly a sight to behold and one of the best ways to experience its beauty is on a river cruise. Our two-hour sundowner cruise is a magical way to enjoy this river, floating quietly down with a Gin and tonic in hand watching the sunset behind the mountains and the sights and noises of the varied wildlife that seem to congregate on the river edges as the sun sets.
It is especially humbling to watch the large herds of elephant wander to the water’s edge and either just drink or immerse themselves in the water and cavort and frolic amongst themselves… A truly special experience. The birdlife too is amazing, truly a bird lover’s paradise with the carmine bee-eater being a popular attraction. This is the perfect way to end your day.
We can organize full days into the National park, half days or just sundowner cruises and of course if you would like a rod in the water while you are cruising that can also be arranged. Our pontoon boat is the perfect vehicle for river cruising. It accommodates 15 people and has onboard facilities including a toilet and bar. River cruises are generally done in the early morning or evening and are the ideal way to comfortably cruise the river and enjoy sundowners whilst game viewing.
At different times of the year and on specific dates, Mvuu lodge offers Photographic Safaris and Photographic workshops with Marcus Jooste, a Zambian based photographer.