Paddling/ Canoeing and kayaking

Zimbabwe has several options for paddling, including:

  • Zambezi River: The Zambezi River is one of the most popular places for paddling in Zimbabwe. It is known for its beautiful scenery, diverse wildlife, and exhilarating rapids. Canoeing and kayaking are popular activities on the river, but it's important to be aware that the river is ""Home"" to a large population of hippos, which can be dangerous. It is recommended to go with a reputable tour operator and to adhere to safety guidelines when paddling on the Zambezi River.

  • Lake Kariba: This man-made lake is another popular spot for paddling, with many opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding. While hippos are present in the lake, they tend to be more active at night and are less likely to be encountered during the day.

  • Manyame River: This river is known for its catfish, bream, and yellowfish, it is also a great spot for kayaking and canoeing, However, it's important to be aware of the presence of crocodiles in the river.

  • Matusadona National Park: Located on the shores of Lake Kariba, this park offers canoeing and kayaking opportunities, with the chance to spot wildlife such as elephants, hippos, and crocodiles.

Hippos or Hippopotamus are known to be unpredictable and aggressive animals, and are considered one of the most dangerous animals in Africa. It's important to take the necessary precautions when paddling in areas where hippos are present, such as avoiding areas with high concentrations of hippos, staying in groups, and avoiding paddling at night. It's also advisable to go with a reputable tour operator who is familiar with the area and can provide guidance on safety.