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Peterhouse Boys

Conservation Canoe Trip with Natureways – Kariba to Mongwe 2022

The Zambezi is one of the least polluted rivers in Africa, with few towns along the way, and areas with no human habitation at all – what a privilege!

Nine boys and four girls set off down the gorge below the Kariba dam wall with some rough rapids and whirlpools as an almost instant introduction to our canoe trip amidst the tower sheer cliff faces. Thankfully the river calmed in the afternoon and we had the unusual sighting of an otter along the shoreline.

We camped on an island near Nyamumba with a pod of hippo nearby and at several spots with magnificent views of sunsets.

With no light pollution we had the most spectacular view of our night sky and stars accompanied by lions roaring on the mainland. Close to the Chirundu bridge we found an excellent bream fishing spot when we stopped for lunch.

Our guides were very good and kept a careful watch for hippos and crocodiles and our pupils became experts at setting up camp and packing the canoes.

Our last stop was Mongwe where we had plenty of time for fishing. The largest Tiger fish caught was 4.3kgs (caught by a girl!) and several 2-3 kgs fish from the boys. In the evening a big Cornish Jack was caught.

Our pupils really had an amazing experience on the river, sharing adventures, new friendships and making memories.

Our thanks must go to Natureways for their excellent guides and contribution to conservation education at Peterhouse.

Penny Raynor
i/c Conservation