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Canoe Safaris in Africa

Africa boasts some extraordinary canoe safaris, with destinations like the Okavango Delta in Botswana, the Zambezi River, and Malawi’s Shire River offering unforgettable experiences for adventurers. These waterways reveal their most vibrant and unexpected aspects to paddlers, providing opportunities to encounter majestic wildlife such as elephants, hippos, and crocodiles up close. Whether you’re leisurely gliding into the sunset in a mokoro (dugout canoe) or embarking on a multi-day canoe expedition, the experience is unparalleled. Canoes provide a unique entry into the animals’ aquatic habitats. They allow for quiet observation without disturbing the natural surroundings, from birds perched on branches to antelope quenching their thirst at the riverbank.

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Destinations to inspire your canoe safaris


Visitors can float between reeded channels in a dugout canoe while admiring the antelope wading through crystal clear water. Botswana also offers excellent land-based game viewing

Lower Zambezi National Park

The Lower Zambezi River is the source not only for an abundance of wildlife in the park but also for safari-goers that plan to take to the water in a canoe for a game viewing experience like no other.

Victoria Falls National Park

The mighty Zambezi River feeds Victoria Falls and plummets into a narrow gorge, creating one of the world’s most spectacular natural landmarks.

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Why Choose Canoe Safaris?

Traversing Pristine Waterways

Canoe safaris provide an unparalleled opportunity to explore Africa’s pristine waterways, from tranquil rivers to expansive lakes. Glide silently through the water, immersing yourself in the sights and sounds of the natural world as you navigate through untouched wilderness areas.

Close Encounters with Wildlife

Experience intimate wildlife encounters as you paddle past lush riverbanks and hidden lagoons. From graceful elephants bathing on the river’s edge to vibrant birdlife flitting through the reeds, canoe safaris offer the chance to observe Africa’s iconic species up close in their natural habitat.

Immersive Cultural Experiences

Connect with local communities as you journey through traditional fishing villages and riverside settlements. Learn about ancient customs and traditions, and gain insight into the rich cultural heritage of the regions you explore.

Flexible Itineraries and Customised Experiences

Canoe safaris cater to various interests and preferences, with flexible itineraries that can be tailored to suit your needs. Whether you’re seeking a leisurely paddle through serene waterways or an adrenaline-fuelled adventure, a canoe safari experience suits every traveller.

Unforgettable Wilderness Camping

Spend nights under the stars at remote wilderness campsites, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the African bush. Fall asleep to the call of distant lions and wake to the chorus of birdsong, with nothing but the canvas of the night sky overhead.

Environmental Conservation and Sustainability

Many canoe safari operators are committed to environmental conservation and sustainable tourism practices. These safaris help preserve Africa’s natural heritage for future generations by minimising their ecological footprint and supporting local conservation initiatives.

Canoe Safaris in Africa

Guided Canoe Safaris

Expert guides lead canoe safaris in Africa, navigating challenging waterways and sharing knowledge of local wildlife and ecosystems. They enrich the safari experience by providing insights into natural wonders and cultural heritage, ensuring a safe and unforgettable adventure for all.

What is a mokoro?

A mokoro is a traditional canoe used in Botswana's shallow waters. It offers quiet navigation, made from a single tree trunk and propelled by a pole. Local guides use them to provide immersive experiences for visitors, exploring hidden channels and wildlife viewing.

Canoe Safaris in Africa

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