Cansaf DMC Zimbabwe
We gained our name from the radio Call sign of Canoeing Safaris in 1983, as orginially we ran walking and canoeing safaris. In 1998 we were delighted to be able to take over the company and we are now well-known for our creative team ideas, which we would love to share with you. We work with event and incentive managers worldwide and specialise in teambuilding, all safari activities and of course accommodation in the most spectacular places. We have the knowledge and experience to organise your whole travel and to provide you all the services you need for a carefree stay in Zimbabwe!
Short Bio Robin Brown - Zimbabwe
I was born in Zimbabwe, which means I know my country inside out. For more than 16 years now, I have worked with a fiery passion for all things Zimbabwean in the tourism industry. I started as a tour guide originally and I am Managing Director of Operations at Cansaf now.
I would be delighted to show you and your clients all the little secrets that make your trip even more memorable!
Testimonial about Cansaf
"The Australian Embassy can confirm that we employed Beth Carpenter and Robin Brown from CANSAF Creative Teaming to facilitate a planning day for us on Thursday, 2 June, 2011.
Both Ms Carpenter and Mr Brown met with the Embassy Management on two occasions prior to the planning day to obtain details on our organisational structure, office culture, aims and objectives for the planning day. The Embassy was very pleased with the services provided by CANSAF, particularly the research that they performed and the relevance of their excersises to our stated aims and objectives.
Embassy of Australia, Harare
Zimbabwe, despite its problems, is slowly on the rebound. This is actually the perfect time to explore this amazingly beautiful African country and receive the warmest welcome by the friendliest people in the world who are proud to show you just how special their country is. You can still see colonial touches, like in the Victoria Falls Hotel more than 100 years old.
Zimbabwe has stunning parks, like Mana Pools National Park, where the lions and elephants dwell near the Zambezi river and Hwange park, which has one of the largest elephant population in the world, where you can walk on the avenue of elephants yourself. Of course, we also have the most amazing waterfalls in the world - Victoria Falls, where you can walk for hours to treat yourself to the most amazing vistas. Another perfect safari location is Lake Kariba, which is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world and has its own unique flora and fauna. On the shores you will also find the Matusadonha National Park.
At Cansaf we can help you make the most of your event, group travel or incentive to Zimbabwe.
Program idea Zimbabwe
Group arrives at Vic Falls Airport and transfers to The A'Zambezi River Lodge
The flight from Johannesburg International Airport to Victoria Falls should take approximately 1h30 mins. Upon your arrival, you will be met by the transfer bus and taken to your accommodation where you will check-in. The drive from the Airport to your accommodation will take approximately 20 minutes.
Lunch and check-in at The A'Zambezi River Lodge
A'Zambezi River Lodge is on the banks of the Zambezi river 4 km upstream from Victoria Falls. The Lodge borders the Zambezi National Park.
This informal hotel has a semi-circular thatched structure and has a swimming pool with poolside barbecues.
There is a shuttle service available to and from Victoria Falls town itself several times a day so the distance from town is not a problem. Being so close to Zambezi National Park and on the banks of the river allows A'Zambezi Lodge to offer a true African experience at affordable prices. Warthogs, Monkeys and the occasional elephant are part of the backdrop to A'Zambezi.
All rooms have air-conditioning, with private bathroom, phone, radio and colour TV (Satellite); Hairdryer, refrigerator; Balcony/terrace; safe (in room) and a mini-bar, coffee maker and radio/alarm clock. Facilities include 2 restaurants, 3 bars, the Amulonga Buffet Restaurant, Swimming pool and children's playground.
Dinner Cruise on the Zambezi Explorer
The Zambezi Explorer is the latest addition to luxury cruise boats in Victoria Falls. There are three decks on board the Zambezi Explorer. The two lower decks provide a 5 star luxury service where guests can choose from an exciting range of beverages and cocktails as well as a selection of delicious snacks.
The "Signature Deck" is the third level and it is pure luxury with gourmet hor d'oeuvres and premium beverages served from a private bar. Guests can relax in the comfort of the deep set couches and enjoy the extravagance of the VIP service.
The Zambezi Explorer harnesses the abundant sunshine to generate solar power using an intricate network of photo-voltaic cells. The designers of the Zambezi Explorer are passionate about responding to the increasing calls for green technology in a most natural way.
Features onboard include 5 star luxury service, VIP Signature deck, Gourmet cuisine, three bars stocked with local and imported premier brands, conference AV facilities and wifi access, wheelchair access, solar powered onboard electrics, sunrises, lunch, high tea, sunset & dinner cruises. Available for weddings, events and private hire.
Sunset Cruise - max 140 guests
Dinner Cruise - max 100 guests (max 65 comfortably on the standard luxury deck)
Overnight The A'Zambezi River Lodge
The grandeur of the Victoria Falls is unsurpassed anywhere in the World. One channel of the Great Zambezi River flows over the world's largest curtain of falling water known as Victoria Falls. It is actually five separate falls, Devil's Cataract, Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Rainbow Falls, and Armchair Falls that make up this incredible spectacle plunging 100 meters into a sheer-sided chasm separating Zambia and Zimbabwe. During the rainy season (April and May) these five falls can form a solid curtain of water. Walk in the Footsteps of David Livingstone, and discover the Mosi oa Tunya, 'smoke that thunders'. Nature's power and magnitude stills the mind as you stand and comprehend the majesty of the Victoria Falls. Learn a little about the history and geology of this spectacle, and meander through the fabulous rain forest, drenched in the mist of the falls.
Guided Tour of the Falls / Canopy Tours
The Vic Falls Canopy Tours offers a network of slides, trails and rope bridge walkways within the canopy of the hardwood forest of the Zambezi gorges. This exciting and scenic activity offers amazing views of the turbulent rapids, the Victoria Falls Bridge and spray of the Falls. The Vic Falls Canopy Tour offers family fun and a unique birds-eye view of one the seven natural wonders of the world. This unique experience is suitable to adventure seekers of all ages including families and groups. Observe the riverine forest from a variety of different vantage points – from above, below and within the canopy itself. Experience forest birdlife, which can include the Knysna and Purple crested Turaco (Lourie) and Peregrine Falcons.
The Vic Falls Canopy Tour consists of 9 different slides, varying in length (with the longest being approximately 85m and the shortest being 40m) and 1 cable bridge walkway. Friendly and experienced staff will give guests a detailed safety briefing before the canopy tour, taking them step by step through their adventure. There are two guides on each tour. The activity duration is 2 to 2.5 hours.
Lunch either at the Hotel or at the Vic Falls Rainforest Restaurant
Optional Group Activity: Sunset Steamtrain Bridge Visit
You will be transferred to the Victoria Falls Station where the Vic Falls Steam Train will be waiting. You will be greeted as royalty with a glass of chilled fruit juice as you walk up the red carpet. This is reminiscent of the history of this experience as we follow in the footsteps of Kings and Queens who used this method of transport. The train is a beautifully restored 1922 class 12 steam locomotive, and passengers are attended to by fully liveried waiters in keeping with the colonial theme. This is an old-fashioned steam train journey to the impressive Victoria Falls Bridge, an historical landmark that was completed in 1905.
Sitting in the comfort of the lounge car during your short journey to the bridge, enjoy sundowners and snacks served by the ever-attentive waiters. Stop on the bridge for a chilled glass of sparkling wine whilst viewing the majestic Victoria Falls with its breathtaking, picturesque gorge and the turbulent Zambezi River 110m below. This provides ideal photographic opportunities. After the sunset, the slow and luxurious steam journey will take you back to the Station.
Welcome drinks at the Station
Snacks and Sundowner drinks before arriving at the Bridge (Local Brands only)
Sparkling Wine on the bridge
NB: All Boarding times are subject to fluctuate at the discretion of the Zimbabwe and Zambian National Railways. The maximum amount of time the train can spend on the bridge is 20 minutes and maximum line occupation is 2 hours
Dinner at The Big Tree
Darkness around large fires and lighted torches create the incredible African ambience. Lozi Dancers with their songs, drums and traditional dancers wait to greet the delegates as they arrive and take in the incredible ambiance. The very nature of dining out in the open air next to the Mighty Zambezi River with wild country surrounds and the firelight brings out the basic human in all of us. With this and the elements added to age-old customs of the tribal dancers, the melody of their ancestral songs, the ancient beat of the African drums, and you have a potpourri of African magic in the palm of Mother Nature. Tasty and tantalising cuisine, cool beverages and excellent service, make up the rest of what is regarded as the ultimate in the Bush dinner experience.
Round tables seating 8 or 9 pax are set up under the stars. Seating is on canvas directors chairs. The candle-lit tables are surrounded by hurricane lanterns, flares and bonfires. Ablution facilities are nearby and comprise of chemical toilets screened with reed mats and African batiks. In the rainy season we recommend that you hire a Freeform Tent as a rain back-up.
Overnight at The A'Zambezi River Lodge
Morning at Leisure
Optional Group activity :- Afternoon Heli flights of Angels
So vast is the Victoria Falls in its settings that the best way to see this magnificent wonder is to take a Helicopter "flip". This is an exhilarating experience and a must for all visitors - let the flights tell their story.
Experience the "Flight of Angels" perspective first hand - first documented by David Livingstone in 1855 when he wrote on discovering The Falls "Scenes so lovely; they must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight". After take-off, the helicopter turns out towards the magnificent Victoria Falls. The pilot will fly circuits over The Falls in both directions giving the best viewing and photographic opportunities. A trip up river and back over the Zambezi National Park completes the flight.
The "Flight of Angels" takes approximately 12 – 13 minutes.
Elephant Interaction and Lunch at the Wallow
Upon arrival, guests are welcomed and a safety brief is conducted whilst an Indemnity is passed around and signed. The Elephant's history is regaled before these magnificent creatures are called to meet the awaiting clients. Feed, touch and examine these wonderful animals under the safety of professional elephant handlers / keepers. Photography is encouraged during this once in a lifetime chance to get a "close-up" feel of the African Elephant, whilst the guides give an informative talk on the relationship between African Elephants and mankind. The direct interaction period lasts approximately 15 minutes and could be followed by Lunch at the Wallow.
Positioned near the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge and nestling amidst the indigenous Gusu forest, The Boma is not just another ethnic restaurant but a unique cultural experience that bombards the senses with the tastes, sights, sounds and smells of Africa - together with the warmth and hospitality of Zimbabwe and its people.
Specialising in a superb selection of Zimbabwean dishes, fish, a variety of game meat and potjiekos (hunter's stew) as well as vegetarian meals - diners are invited to sample ethnic delicacies and observe local customs. The sights and sounds of the evening are accentuated by Ndebele performers who captivate guests with their energetic songs and dance. Steeped in mystery, a witchdoctor can predict your future while the restaurant's very own sangoma (traditional story teller) explains the country's folklore, culture and heritage. Guests should dress casually and bring along light but warm clothing in the months of May, June, July and August. There is an on-site shop which sells some of the frequently requested accessories such as the Boma cruet sets, poitjies, polo shirts and caps as well as CD's of the traditional entertainment.
Overnight The A'Zambezi River Lodge
Transfer The A'Zambezi River Lodge to the Vic Falls Airport
More about Cansaf
If you are looking for a professional team that can provide you with all details of your next event in Zimbabwe, we are the right partner for you. Our passionate and dedicated team makes sure that you recieve a creative proposal with a personal touch. We don't only have great and innovative ideas for your stay, but we also listen to what you want. We plan, organise and operate your stay to perfection. Don't you worry about anything, we take responsibility from the moment you land until the moment you leave. Our focus is Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana in the Victoria Falls area.
At Cansaf DMC we simply want our clients to have the very best time in Zimbabwe.
Travel facts Zimbabwe
|Currency||Zimbabwe has no own official currency. Since the Zimbabwean Dollar was abandoned in 2009, you can now use currencies as the South African Rand, the Botswana Pula, Euro's or US Dollars for all your transactions.|
|Language||English is the official language. Shona and Sindebele are widely spoken.|
|Local time||GMT (London) + 2.00hours|
|Public holidays||Public holidays zimbabwe link|
|Climate in Zimbabwe||Weather in Zimbabwe link|
|Passport and visa information Zimbabwe||Passport and visa information Zimbabwe link|