Lizzie Williams
South Africa ZA

Lizzie is a reputed guidebook writer and author of the Footprint guides to South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Category: Best Kept Safari Secrets

A canoe safari going at nature’s gentle pace through an un-spoilt wilderness makes a leisurely alternative to regular game-viewing from a vehicle.

Sitting back in a comfortable canoe and paddling silently as the river takes you along with its meandering current, is a wonderful relaxed way of wildlife-watching. One of the best places for canoe safaris is along the Upper Zambezi; a section of the river that is flanked by Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe and the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia.

This section of the river, before it takes its plunge over the Victoria Falls, has astonishingly beautiful scenery and is a haven of small islands and sandbars, prolific birdlife and animals, and is set against a backdrop of sweeping hills. In fact this is the route David Livingstone took on his way in search of the rising clouds of mist. There are options to canoe from just half a day, to a five-day adventure with overnight camping on the riverbanks or bedding down in more luxurious riverside lodges.

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