Water Based Safaris

Cruise Africa’s Rivers & Lagoons

Explore the labyrinth of channels and secret freshwater hide-aways on an outboard-powered boat, paddling a canoe, or being poled by your safari guide in a mokoro – a local dug-out canoe.

The rivers and lagoons are teeming with wildlife. Boating safaris, allow you close-up viewing of hippo, elephant and plains game.

Magnificent sunsets, a wealth of migratory birds, crystal clear night skies and occasional dramatic tropical downpours provide the back drop for a water safari.

Okavango Delta safari by mokoro
Elephant spotted on water safari

Water activities can also be enjoyed at many other destinations.

These include the mighty Zambezi River from Victoria Falls and further downstream at Mana Pools and Lower Zambezi National Parks, the Rufiji and Sand Rivers in the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania, and along Africa’s iconic Rift Valley lakes in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi.

For the more adventurous it is possible to organise three or four-night expeditions.

Here you will paddle your own canoe, encountering wildlife along the way, sleep in simple tents in an impromptu fly camp on the banks of the river, and even experience the thrill of walking in the bush.

Canoe safaris can be done on the Selinda Spillway adjacent to the Okavango Delta, and along the Zambezi in Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe or Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia.

Cruising down the river by boat

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