Boating & fishing

The perennial rivers of the South, the North and North West offer unique boating and fishing opportunities from tranquil sundowner cruises to catch-and-release battles with tiger fish.

The Orange River in the South, well known for rafting, is not in a conservancy but it is part of the spectacular whole which is Namibia. The rivers that define Namibia's northern borders do snake along conservancy lines and offer a variety of choices for those who want to spend their time drifting along with the river's flow or fighting with the fiercest tiger fish!

In northwestern Namibia, the Kunene River separates Namibia from Angola. Flowing west, the Kunene arrives at the Atlantic coast, where sea turtles nest and Cape fur seals frolic. At several joint venture conservancy lodges along the Kunene, boat rides are available where the chance to spot spectacular birds and crocodiles waits around every bend.

Conservancies in the eastern part of Namibia are webbed together by a network of rivers, including the Kwando, Zambezi, Linyati and Chobe. On the banks of these rivers are a variety of conservancy joint venture lodges and campsites. They offer boat trips that vary from houseboats to traditional wooden mokoros. The waterways and channels they traverse are home to hundreds of bird species, elephant herds, crocodiles, hippos and buffalo.

These rivers are peaceful and challenging, at the same time, and there is no greater challenge than the tiger fish. With razor sharp teeth and stealth through the water, tiger fish are fighters, and with catch and release the goal, the fight against the tiger draws keen fishermen and women from all over the world to Namibia's waters.

The perfect end to a perfect day of game drives and fishing is a sundowner cruise along one of the region's rivers, where fresh air, bird song and the bellows of hippos revives the soul and propels guests into another exciting day.

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