Boat Safari

Boat Safari

Tanzania is unsurpassed in sub-Saharan Africa for Birdwatching, with one of the highest bird diversities (1113 species) including 29 endemics. Even the casual visitor can't fail appreciate the sheer abundance of bird-life.

One of the best ways to see many waterbirds in their natural habitats is on a boat safari. With a good guide and boatman team are able to get very close, often shutting down engines as you drift in towards a particularly interesting sighting.

Boat safaris are also great for Big Game viewing. Most plains animals will from time to time visit the waters edge for a drink. Many of these species spend the majority of their time close to the waters edge, from where you will get a unique viewpoint of their activities. You may get to see the spectacular sight of a herd of elephants as it crosses a river or lake.

Then of course there are the animals that you would expect to see, such as hippopotamus and crocodiles. These two species usually live in close proximity without much interaction, but every now and then you may witness a fight, or see the consequences.

Boating is a comfortable and relaxing way to enjoy the Tanzanian bush, offering a welcome alternative to classic game drives. The Selous Game Reserve is famous for it's lakes and the Rufiji River, all of which can be explored by boat. Other top boating locations include Katavi, Rubondo and Saadani.


  • We had a fantastic trip. Your excellent organisation, your guide - Max, was exemplary in every way, were major contributors to this. Many thanks for making ours, a trip of a lifetime.

    Richard Goldberg

    United Kingdom, Jun 2013

  • I'd like to say that our entire trip was truly amazing and a great once in a lifetime excursion. Everything was very well setup and we had no problems with any of the trip. Thanks to Wild Things.

    Katye Vytal

    United States of America, Jun 2013

  • All the Parks visited are really wonderful, especially Ruaha and the "king" Katavi that worth absolutely the long trip (at least in our point of view). Yahaya and Salim are like two friends.

    Massimo Randi

    Austria, Jul 2013

  • A very exciting adventure

    Andrew Bird

    United Kingdom, Jan 2014

  • We had a really great vacation on the Southern Circuit in Tanzania and wonderfully facilitated by our driver/guide Salim who was really first class - a great representative of Wild Things.

    Steve Wallis

    Belgium, Oct 2013

  • We thoroughly enjoyed our experience, and we feel that the service you offered was well worth the money we paid. Salim was wonderful. Very interesting to talk to us, and an excellent driver.

    Claire Austin

    United Kingdom, Jan 2013

  • The programme was excellent and we saw masses of game, less a leopard! So, entirely happy customers. Thank you for your efficient handling of the whole trip.

    Christopher Lee

    United Kingdom, Jan 2013