The Most Beautiful Rivers to Cruise in Africa

There is no better place than Africa for the cruise enthusiasts out there who are looking for a more exotic travel experience. This is one of the most beautiful continents on the planet by far, and its diverse cultures, roaring rivers and incredible wildlife will make it any cruiser’s paradise. Here are the most beautiful rivers in Africa for you to cruise on your next overseas trip!

African Antelope found along the Chobe River
African Antelope found along the Chobe River

The Chobe

The Chobe River is a wildlife lover’s sanctuary, and a cruise along its considerable length is a great alternative to a traditional land based safari. Often called ‘Africa’s Last Wilderness’, the river winds its way along the Kalahari Desert and Botswana, a small country in the heart of southern Africa. When cruising it, you can expect epic views of the Okavango River and Delta, the lush rain lands of Angola, and all the resident wild animals like hippos, fish eagles, crocs and Pel’s Fishing Owls therein.

For the even more adventurous, there is also the 4,200 square mile Chobe National Park at hand. Housing one of the highest concentrations of big game on the continent, the park gives you unprecedented chances to see leopards, lions, elephants, zebra and giraffe, along with antelope like eland, sable, waterbuck and buffalo. If emerald green wetlands, majestic African animals, and exotic sunsets sound like your cup of tea, a cruise along the Chobe will definitely appeal to you!

The Nile

If you have always yearned to learn more about the ancient Egyptians and their culture, a cruise along the Nile should be on your bucket list. Egypt’s ancient and fascinating past has been kept alive through the preservation of its incredible monuments, many of which can be viewed from the banks of the Nile between Aswan and Luxor. This was one of the most impressive civilizations to ever have existed, but even now, Egypt offers an amazing mix of cultural diversity, making it a must-see.

Aside from that, the nation is reportedly home to a third of the world’s antiquities – history buffs rejoice! If nature is more your thing, you will love watching camels lumbering along the sweltering sand dunes while Nile crocodiles watch them with beady eyes from the banks of papyrus below. No matter what you enjoy most on cruises, aside from online betting of course, being able to see the iconic pyramids and the Sphinx from your ship will most certainly become one of your fondest memories yet.

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The Zambezi

Stretching through Zimbabwe and Zambia in the southern part of Africa, the Zambezi River is as beautiful to view, as it is exciting to cruise. The river is famed for its blood-red sunsets and misty morning sunrises, and offers amazing views of Victoria Falls – the world’s widest waterfall – too. Along the fourth largest river on the continent is also an awe inspiring selection of big game animals, including the giraffes, antelope, elephants and lions for which it is renowned worldwide.

Of course, much of this game can also be sampled on one of the local cruises as well; crocodile is a particular favourite among cruise goers, who say that it has a rich taste and rubbery texture that is reminiscent of both chicken and fish!

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John Shallo
John Shallo
John Shallo is the founder and editor of Cruise Addicts. Since 1999 it has been a leading destination for cruise travelers and self professed Cruise Addicts looking for the latest news, ship reviews and travel tips.

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