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5 PLACES FOR WATER ACTIVITIES ON SAFARI

Safaris can often be perceived as simply sitting on a vehicle for endless hours in search of animals you may not even see. Not with Captured In Africa it’s not. We focus on ensuring the best safari imaginable; guaranteed wildlife, expert guiding, thrilling experiences and variety in how you do it.

One of those ways is by taking to the water.

Offering up a whole new world of perspectives, water-based wildlife-viewing is an exception way to not only while away your time on safari, but it’s a chance to view species from an up-close, eye-level perspective, hugging river beds below and river banks to the side, breaking through reeds, glancing across grasses and up through the tee-lined rivers that dot Africa.

Water-based-wildlife-viewing is unique to certain parts of Africa, it’s also a fantastic opportunity to mix things up from the usual morning & afternoon vehicle-based game drives, and it’s a photographers dream.

But fear not, you won’t find any “white water” here, no surging currents or waves, and no extreme fitness level required. Gently glide through waters, often so still that you’ll find the perfect mirror to the world.

So let’s take you through some of the very best water-based wildlife-viewing Africa has to offer;

 

VUMBURA PLAINS CAMP, OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA

Luxurious Vumbura Plains lies in an area of the famed Okavango that is a mix of water and dry land, offering safari goers the perfect combination of activities. Phenomenally diverse wildlife viewing on either mekoro (dug-out canoe) and boats deliver an all-round African safari experience.

To take things further still, each guest room has its own private plunge pool.

When to visit: year-round

ODZALA DISCOVERY CAMPS, ODZALA-KOKOUA NATIONAL PARK, REPUBLIC OF CONCO

Step into another realm, as you explore the tapestry of the Congo Basin’s forests, rivers, baïs and savannahs at the heart of the African continent with intuitive journeys and immersive experiences.

Aside from walking trails and trekking to view Western Lowland Gorillas, travellers will venture through the forests by kayak on the Lekoli River as you travel between camps, boat and wading waist-deep to discover the most obscure, fascinating and beautiful, deep in the Congo rainforest.

Various multi-day itineraries are available to explore.

When to visit: June – February (March-May are the hottest months)

DUBA EXPLORERS CAMP, DUBA CONCESION, OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA

Duba Explorers Camp is tucked away in the northeast corner of the Duba Plains Concession, a 33,000-hectare private reserve of Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

Explore the water channels associated with the Ngoga River system by boat or traditional canoes (mekoro), meandering through channels created by hippos and elephants. The mekoro allows you to glide silently through the channel systems and experience a peaceful water world around you. With over 400 bird species, birding is unsurpassed, with spectacular species like the malachite kingfisher zipping past you in a burst of colour.

When to visit: May-November (to guarantee water activities, but the camp is open year round)

MARATABA SAFARI LODGE, MARAKELE, SOUTH AFRICA

A 21 000ha (51 890ac) privately managed section of unspoilt Africa within the Marakele National Park.

Backed by the Waterberg mountains, a safari like any other but with the added benefit of a gentle water-way that provides guests with the unique ‘Miss Mara’ barge boat. Take in birdlife by the waters edge, or a herd of elephants quenching their thirst, maybe even see snakes slithering through the tall weeds. It’s as much a calming experience as it is a thrilling wildlife encounter.

When to visit: year-round

TOKA LEYA, VICTORIA FALLS/ZAMBEZI RIVER, ZAMBIA

Overlooking islands in the mighty Zambezi River, Toka Leya offers the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure; ideal for the beginning or end of your African safari. Morning explorations of the Zambezi River, the surrounding Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park or nearby Victoria Falls can be followed by a tranquil afternoon spent at the lodge, utilise the spa or practice yoga on the panoramic deck of the gym.

Toka Leya is the perfect gateway to safari itineraries within Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.

When to visit: year-round

ZAMBEZI QUEEN SAFARI BOAT, CHOBE RIVER, BOTSWANA

The Zambezi Queen is a luxury house-boat sailing on the Chobe River. Offering a 100% water-based wildlife safari, travellers can sit back and appreciate nature as it glides past your window. Activities include vehicle-based game drives in Chobe National Park and community visits, but the focus here is water, with water-based bird watching and river safaris available using the boat’s own smaller tender boat to take guests closer to the action from your river location.

The boat includes 14 suites, all with outer decks so you can soak up the revitalising Chobe River breeze and appreciate uninterrupted views of the unique African landscape beyond.

The perfect 2-3 night addition to any Botswana safari.

When to visit: year-round

 

 


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