is an activity which uses small, relatively narrow, closed-hull boats which are propelled by a double bladed paddle. In traditional kayaks the paddler sits inside and is protected by a watertight skirt. In modern kayaks paddlers tend to sit on top.
, kayaks are rarely used for safari, but are more often deployed for shorter excursions on rivers, lakes and inland coastal waters.
There are so many locations where kayaking is possible, that all we can hope to do here is mention a few of our favourite spots ...
The tropical coastline of East Africa offers some great opportunities for exploring networks of small islands and mangrove forests, most notably off the west coast of Pemba Island
and off the mainland coast at Pangani
, both in Tanzania
Just upstream from the Victoria Falls in the Livingstone
area of Zambia, the great Zambezi River is a broad languid waterway, ideally suited for kayaking, in amongst the hippos, crocs and elephants.
Over on the cold water coast of Namibia there are great opportunities to kayak with seals in the lagoon at Walvis Bay
, they are very curious and will happily chew on the end of your paddle.