Taking to the water on safari offers a deliciously different perspective, and since water is a key commodity for life in these often arid environments, being on a boat is often the best place to see thirsty animals congregating on the water’s edge.
Bird enthusiasts should also note that many of the most
beautiful species live on the margins of lakes, rivers and
waterholes. Whether you prefer luxurious cruising, dugout canoes or
authentic fishing vessels, we can recommend the best boats.
BEST FOR: SUNSET CRUISES
Sipping on an ice cold beer as you cruise gently downstream
watching the sun slowly set and the sky turn a beautiful mixture of
orange and pink is one of the most purely blissful experiences
possible. Our favourite setting for such indulgence is along the
River near Victoria Falls, where sunset cruises are offered by
virtually every lodge on both sides of the river. Keep your eyes
peeled and you'll almost certainly see elephants and other
riverbank dwellers enjoying the views too.
BEST FOR: PEACE AND QUIET
An authentic mokoro
dugout canoe safari in Botswana's Okavango Delta is
one of the most memorable of all safari experiences, and since
punting is almost entirely silent, it's also one of the most
peaceful. Sit back and let you guide do the hard work as you take
in the views of the flooded plains and tall reeds while you meander
down narrow waterways to spot frogs bubbling below the surface,
buffaloes on the shoreline and fish eagles circling overhead.
BEST FOR: WILDLIFE
The Chobe River flows from Namibia's Caprivi Strip into northern
Botswana and is well known for the density of wildlife that crowds
its banks. With the Chobe National Park hosting the highest
concentration of elephants in Africa there's little wonder that
elephants are among the most frequently spotting on an afternoon
small boat safari, or on a longer multi-day luxury cruise, but you
can also expect to see hippos, buffaloes, crocodiles, lions and