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Canoe Safaris

As a low-tech, non-motorized activity, canoe safaris offer a sense of excitement, adventure, and engagement that can be rivaled only by walking safaris. Both activities provide a level of connection with (and exposure to) the African wilderness that is far more intensely felt than on game drive or boating safaris.

Canoe safaris are conducted in two-person Canadian canoes. In contrast to mokoro safaris, guests on canoe safaris typically paddle themselves (i.e. it is an active experience). Only a handful of camps are located in areas suitable for canoe safaris, and only highly qualified and experienced guides lead these excursions. Canoe safaris inevitably run downstream, with the current, and do not require above average levels of physical fitness. Participants on a canoe safari can expect to pass hippos and crocodiles, and will frequently come into contact with elephants as they come to the water to drink. Canoeing is not an activity for the faint of heart, but it can be one of the most memorable experiences on an African safari.

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