Experience Your Safari from a Fresh New Perspective: On the Water!

The savannas, jungles, mountains, and deserts of Africa are chock-full of beauty and adventure. But don’t underestimate the waters! There are countless lakes, rivers, and oceans to explore, too!

View incredible game from a canoe, mokoro, or vintage Dhow. Or try deep-sea fishing! Whether you’d rather be kayaking or yachting, we have a boating experience to surprise and delight you.

You’ll find boating is an excellent way to see otherwise inaccessible places. Take a break from the game drives, and see Africa from a whole new perspective.

And if your journeys take you beyond Africa, we have some favorite recommendations there, too!

5 Unbelievable African Boating Safaris

  1. Indulge in a tranquil luxury river cruise along the Zambezi River aboard a Ra-Ikane boat. We especially love their sunset cruise (and it’s a steal at $85 per person). Take in the gorgeous Zambian views, follow the current alongside hippos, and enjoy a bit of Victoria Falls history while you’re at it. Cap your night off with a romantic dinner under the stars beside the river. This is laid-back luxury at its finest.

  2. Cruise Lake Kariba along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. A prime spot for nature lovers, photographers, and fishermen alike, this stunning body of water is the world’s largest man-made lake and reservoir by volume (44 cubic miles).And there’s no better way to explore it than settling in for a day or two aboard the Matusadona. This is not your average “houseboat.” The Matusadona features three spacious, air-conditioned cabins (with queen beds) and space for up to six passengers.This is prime barefoot luxury, perfect for a family or small-group escape.

  3. Take to the waters off the coast of Cape Town in the Princess Emma, the ultimate luxury motor yacht. Accommodating up to 12 guests, your time aboard the Princess Emma is South African luxury cruising at its best, with total exclusivity and five-star hospitality. Dine alfresco-style on the deck, and lounge on sunbeds adorning the fly bridge en route to Clifton Bay where you may wish to take a refreshing dip. Itineraries are available for day cruises between 3 and 8 hours in length. Prices range from $2,650 in the low season to $4,950 in the high season.

  4. Pull out all the stops with an extravagant, weeklong cruise in the Seychelles. Soak in the pristine waters and irresistible solitude aboard a private yacht. Explore coral reefs and stunning beaches. Dive and snorkel to your heart’s content. And if a week aboard a yacht isn’t luxury enough, consider a stay at your own private Seychelles island. On land, you will find a bird lover’s paradise and ancient forests of super-sized ferns that are a treasure-trove in their own right.

  5. Spring for a quintessentially African cruise aboard a traditional Dhow. These wooden sailing vessels were originally built for carrying exotic spices and goods along the Indian Ocean trade routes. Today, you can island-hop off the coast of Mozambique or along the shores of Lamu, Kenya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a short evening sail, or go all-in on a multi-day Dhow safari. If you stay overnight on a Dhow, you’ll sleep on comfortable beds laid out on the deck after dinner. Fall asleep with sea breezes and the sound of waves lapping at the boat. Pure magic!

5 More Regional Boating Hotspots

Game viewing by boat is particularly common in a number of African regions, including:

  • Tanzania’s Southern Circuit, especially in the Selous Game Reserve;

  • Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls, and Lake Mburo National Parks; and

  • Botswana’s Chobe National Park (home to huge herds of elephants);

Ask us how to add a boating excursion to your Extraordinary Journey!

4 Remarkable Out of Africa Boating Safaris

Looking for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in the waters beyond Africa? From Sydney to the Nile, we have boating experiences to suit every travel style.

Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Take in the dazzling sights of Sydney with a private yacht tour! Spend a half day or a full day aboard a luxury vessel with passionate local guides. Explore Sydney Harbor and venture out to famous Manly Beach. If you think you know and love Sydney, you have to see it from the water!

  • Explore the Galapagos Islands aboard the exclusive, 18-passenger M/Y Grace. Named for the iconic Princess Grace, a weeklong cruise on this exquisite yacht is a classic adventure rich with history--one you’ll never forget.

  • Experience the astonishing beauty and stunning array of wildlife in the Coral Triangle. Journey throughout Indonesia aboard the private, three-cabin Sequoia Yacht, one of the newest and most sophisticated in Southeast Asia. This gorgeous vessel is perfectly suited to honeymooners, a small group of friends, or a family with kids. And with 10 professional crew members on board, all your needs will be attended to with the utmost care.

  • Meander up the Nile River in a classic dahabiya. With an Egyptologist guide accompanying you during the entire trip, this cruise is a true cultural immersion experience. You’ll interact with fishermen, tie up near small villages, and visit monuments away from the crowds of the big cruise boats. Savor freshly-prepared food from local markets as you drift past biblical scenes along the shoreline.

Discover Your Perfect Boating Safari

However you like to enjoy the water and whatever your budget, we can find a boating experience perfect for you! Get in touch today to start planning your unforgettable boating safari adventure.

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