Boating safaris offer a completely different perspective of the African bush, not to mention the most beautiful sunsets the continent has to offer. In most camps which offer boating safaris, you can opt to go out either in the morning or evening as part of your included safari activities. Explore the water based wildlife; from small frogs to hippos and marvel at the shimmer of the warm African sun ricocheting off the surrounding water. 

The best boating safaris in Africa

  • The Okavango Delta, Botswana. The watery and dreamy Delta offers without a doubt the most serene and interesting boating opportunities on the continent. Time it right and the water will be your oyster in the “wet camps” in the Delta. Drift off sleepily on a wooden Mokoro, or whizz off on a boat to the best fishing spot in the area… Whatever your preference, boating safaris in The Okavango Delta are simply superb.  
  • The Lower Zambezi, Zambia. The Zambezi is mighty, formidable yet staggeringly beautiful. Most of the best lodges will sit on it’s shores so you can enjoy the watery scenes from your veranda. Go out onto the water though, and experience the Zambezi for yourself as this will not be something to forget in a hurry! On this river you can saunter along soaking in the sights in a motor boat, take it easy in a canoe, or for the adrenaline junkies you can tear through it on a kayak. Whatever your style, the Zambezi is the king of boating safaris.  
  • Linyanti, Botswana. The Linyanti has a few top class lodges on it’s banks which offer the pinnacle of boating safari romance… We absolutely love it! Off the beaten track, vast, beautiful and teeming with elephant; there is so much you can see here from the water.
  • Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania. The Rufiji River is the beating heart of the Selous, and as such, it is an exceptional for the very best boating safaris in Tanzania. Enjoy fishing, or just a sunset cruise with some drinks and nibbles. The towering surrounding trees give excellent birding opportunities too, with more than a few Pel’s Fishing Owls being spotted on a boat here!


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