Canoeing and boating are such a good way to experience the bush from a different perspective. Drifting calmly down tributaries and channels of the Zambezi are not only relaxing but beautifully peaceful. You can also certainly get up, close and personal with birds, hippos, crocodiles and elephants. On one of boat rides we had 8 elephant actually try and cross the river in front of us. At on one stage a female and her youngster had to turn back as a crocodile on the far bank plunged into the water, evidently worrying the mother as to the safety of her calf. Our canoe trips were so tranquil, except of course when a hippo crashed out of the bushes and dived into the water some 10 yards in front of us! We got a little bit of a fright but he just wanted to get back to his safe haven and cool down.