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Top 10 Lodges for Canoeing Safaris

Canoeing in Africa will give you a totally different angle on the country than other types of safari. Huge animal concentrations are seen at the water’s edge and what better way of spotting them all than from canoe?

There are two areas in Africa that undeniably offer the best canoeing out there and that is Botswana's Okavango Delta and the Zambezi River. 

In the Okavango Delta, canoeing safaris offer a unique perspective on some of the aquatic species and are a signature experience, as you drift peacefully along the shallow waterways in a mokoro or dug-out canoe.

On the other hand, the parks and reserves that fringe the Zambezi River, such as the Lower Zambezi (Zambia) and Mana Pools (Zimbabwe), offer an unbeatable experience, where guests cause a splash with elephants, hippos, and so much more!

"Spending time on the water in either a canoe or mokoro really is hard to beat! Although you aren't necessarily focusing on big game (you are looking for smaller things such as bird, frogs and insects) it is an incredible way to explore the stunning environment away from the noise of the vehicle. Only available in a select number of parks, it really does offer a unique experience that I would highly recommend!"

Below, we've listed our favorite lodges and camps in these two regions:

1. Old Mondoro, Zambia

Old Mondoro is located within the Lower Zambezi National Park boundary. It is one of our top three camps in Africa and has won several awards.

2. Pelo Camp, Botswana

Pelo is one of our favourite adventure camps in the Okavango. Run by one of Africa’s most experienced safari operators this camp offers great value in a park known for extremely high prices.

3. Xigera Camp, Botswana

Xigera lies south-west of Chiefs Island in the Moremi Game Reserve. A perfect example of the sheer beauty of the Okavango. Big game viewing is sparse here, but the deep water channels and small islands are home to rare species such as Pel’s fishing owl and sitatunga.

4. Stretch Ferreira Safaris Tented Camp, Zimbabwe

More than anything, staying at Stretch Ferreira Safaris involves enjoying the adrenaline-inducing safari experience that only Stretch Ferreira can provide.

5. Little Vumbura Camp, Botswana

Situated in the private Vumbura Concession in the north of the Okavango Delta, stunning Little Vumbura is widely regarded as one of the Okavango’s finest small camps.

6. Selinda Explorers Camp, Botswana

Extremely comfortable and amazingly good value, this camp manages to retain a wonderfully adventurous feel in a reserve that is primarily known for its luxury.

7. Chongwe River Camp, Zambia

This friendly lodge is a good value option for those not wanting to pay the prices of the premium lodges inside the park.

8. Vundu Camp, Zimbabwe

Vundu Camp is situated among groves of riverine forest on the banks of the Zambezi River, in a private concession within Mana Pools National Park. The camp is owned and operated by Nick Murray, a Pro-Zim guide with almost thirty years’ experience of guiding in the country. Since 1997, Nick has been based in Mana Pools.

9. Kanana Camp, Botswana

Kanana is a friendly camp that may not be quite as chic or smooth as many other camps in the Delta, but that is part of its appeal!

10. Chiawa Camp, Zambia

Chiawa is located within the Lower Zambezi National Park boundary. It is one of our favourite camps in the country and one that receives consistently superb game reports.

If you are interested in including one of these canoe-focused lodges in your safari to Africa, just let one of our experts know here and they can help you plan your adventure today.

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