Mana Pools Transfer Company

Chirundu, Mana Pools

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The Mana Pools Transfer Company provides boat-taxi transfers down (or up) the lower Zambezi River for tourists visiting the Mana Pools National Park and other fishing or safari destinations in the area (Mongwe, Sapi etc).

The transfers operate out of Chirundu and take approximately 2 hours to reach Nyamepi (Mana Pools Main Camp) where the National Parks office is located.

During the trip, guests are provided with soft drinks or water and comfortable seating underneath a shaded canopy to keep cool and protected from the sun during the warm summer months.

A knowledgable and experienced skipper ensures that guests arrive safely at their destination, whilst also happily slowing down for any photographic or wildlife viewing opportunities along the way.

The fleet consists of two boats:  a 16-seater aluminum riverboat for large groups and a smaller 8-seater of similar design.  

All collections and drop-offs in Mana Pools will only be done at Nyamepi. This is to ensure that Parks officials are easily able to keep record of who is entering and exiting the park.

Self-driving guests are permitted to park at the Mana Pools Transfer Co jetty in Chirundu free of charge. The area is fenced with security cameras, and will be looked after by their permanent staff whilst guests are on safari. 

The boat transfer operation is an affordable alternative to flying into remote fishing and safari destinations, and takes much less time than access these places on rough, unpaved roads. 

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James Rogers, UK 6 October 2023
As it's name suggests, this is a transfer and most definitely not a cruise (which you might think if you look at the website). It is fast, bouncy, noisy and windy but it gets you there. It seems expensive - we paid US $900 return to Chikwenya for two - but then I guess every way of getting into Mana is expensive. Communication with the company was sometimes difficult - initially it was good but once we'd paid, they were less interested and we were waiting at Chirundu for an hour to be picked up. But on the whole a good option to try - once. Dear James. We make reference to your transfer with us and would like to extend our sincere apologies for the time you spent waiting to be picked up. Regarding your trip, we are sorry to hear it was windy and bumpy. Regretfully the weather is not always ideal and can contribute to a slightly uncomfortable trip. The Mana Pools Transfer Company.
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