The Most Beautiful Places to River Cruise in South Africa
The Breede River outside Swellendam | ©Atelier Design Studio/Flickr
South Africa’s rivers are spread far and wide and most have an abundant wildlife presence, along with fantastic photographic opportunities. Whether you simply want to unwind on a wine tasting cruise or experiment with your latest camera lens, there’s a South African river cruise for you.
Blyde River Canyon, Mpumalanga
The Blyde River Canyon is known for its panoramic views, sub-tropical vegetation and many geological wonders.
Bird’s eye view of the Blyde River Canyon ©Ben Haeringer | Flickr
Breede River, Viljoensdrift
What could be better than sipping delicious Viljoensdrift wines on board an elegant river boat on the Breede River?
Afternoon reflections on the Breede River Courtesy of Viljoensdrift
Knysna, Western Cape
Visiting Knysna must include a cruise on the lagoon, which is home to the famous Knysna Heads. Make sure to keep an eye out for the different bird species and marine life.
Take a cruise to the Knysna Heads ©Traveling Otter/Flickr
Olifants River, Mpumalanga
The cruise is great for photography enthusiasts and birders alike ©Philip Milne/Flickr
Orange river, Northern Cape
Upington in the Northern Cape is the ideal stopover between South Africa and Namibia, and a boat cruise is the ultimate way to unwind after a long day of travelling.
The Orange River is the longest river in South Africa ©Clint Mason/Flickr
St Lucia Estuary, Kwazulu-Natal
The abundance of wildlife makes this trip a photographic opportunity of a lifetime ©Steve Slater/Flickr