Africa is populated by water, there are lakes and rivers everywhere, not to mention the Indian Ocean coastline which is absolutely stunning. The Great Rift Valley runs through the middle of Africa and has many small and stunning lakes covered in flamingos or rife with hippos and crocodiles. There is something about being by the waters edge which is incredibly relaxing, it’s all so tranquil and peaceful. Game often comes down to the waters edge to drink and watching this can be very interesting, especially if there are several different species. Here are our top five water experiences in Africa:
1 Lake Baringo, Kenya
Taking a boat out on the muddy crocodile infested waters of Lake Baringo is thrilling – the area is incredibly beautiful with mountains and hills in every direction. Out on the boat you can also feed the fish eagles which is wonderful – throw pieces of meat into the air as they swoop over head, making their iconic cry.
2 Rufiji River, Selous, Southern Tanzania
The Rufiji River is vast and sometimes so serene and flat that it looks more like a lake. Boating on this ice like river is magical, tranquil and peaceful. You can get closer to hippos and crocodiles, and watch water birds peacefully scan the shallows for fish. There is often game on the river banks coming down to drink and the sunset’s reflection on the glassy surface is breathtaking.
3 The Zambezi River, Zambia
Of course this is where Victoria Falls is found – this dramatic waterfall will not disappoint. It is mighty and humbling. The Zambezi itself is also very beautiful and sunset river cruises are a highlight. Why not swim in Devils Pool on the edge of the Falls, that should be a good tale to tell everyone when you get home?
4 Selinda Spillway, Botswana
This is all about getting out into the most wild parts of Botswana – in a canoe. You will canoe the gin clear Selinda Spillway at a leisurely pace taking in all the game on the river banks. You will stay overnight in a comfortable fly camp and explore areas which are otherwise unexplored.
5 Ewaso Nyiro River, Kenya
This is about watching from the riverbanks as this is by far the best place in Africa to see elephants playing in the river. They live in here in droves and often you can see all age ranges splashing and playing in the mud. An adorable and hilarious experience.