Boat Safaris: A unique wildlife viewing experienceJanuary 31, 2017
Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream! Merrily merrily, merrily, merrily. Life is but a dream.
Viewing wildlife from a vehicle is the classic approach to spotting animals, but viewing game from the water on a boat safari provides a different perspective to wildlife behaviour altogether. Travelling down Africa’s waterways, serenaded by grunting hippos and birdsong, we couldn’t think of a lovelier way to be on safari. Plus, the opportunity to observe animals in their natural element is always a precious treat.
Here are a 3 of the best places for a boat safari in Africa:
Zambezi River, Zambia
One cannot write about boat safaris and not mention the Zambezi River. Running through six countries, the Zambezi is Africa’s fourth longest river system and one of the best places to enjoy a boat safari on it is within Zambia’s Mosi-O-Tunya National Park. The animals often frequent the river banks to quench their thirst and if you’re lucky, you may even see elephants crossing the river, or feeding on one many islands.
St Lucia Estuary, South Africa
Stretching approximately 85km, the St Lucia Estuary is the largest Estuary in Africa. Home to approximately 800 hippos and 1000 Nile Crocodiles, drifting up the St Lucia Estuary by boat provides the perfect opportunity get a closer look at the water-loving wildlife that inhabit the Estuary, as well as the abundance of birdlife in the area.
Chobe River, Botswana
The Chobe River runs along the northern border of Chobe National Park in Botswana. Flanked by riverine forests, floodplains and open woodlands, the Chobe River offers up some of the best game viewing in Southern Africa. Chobe National Park provides a safe haven for the greatest concentration of elephants in Africa, delivering opportunities for some phenomenal elephant sightings while out on the river.
These are just few of the fantastic locations ideal for a river safari in Africa. But pretty much everywhere you go in Africa offers up something that will, quite literally, float your boat.
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