Rivers and Lakes

If you are inspired to travel by TV documentaries, along the worlds rivers, let us plan your own adventure down the watery wonders of rivers and lakes. Joanna Lumley travelled the length of the Nile, Trevor Macdonald followed the Mississippi … which river do you want to paddle down?!

As only 3% of the world’s water is fresh this makes the rivers and lakes that flow through our planet crucial to the survival of all life forms.  Many rivers start their life high in mountain ranges and there are plenty of trips you can do to find the ‘source’ of various rivers if you have the time!

The Amazon in South America is the second longest river in the world but the largest by water flow. It has the largest drainage basin on earth about 7,050,000 sq km! Starting high in the Andes of Peru, streams flow to the Amazon and it is joined by the Rio Negro and others on it’s journey through Brazil to the Atlantic Ocean.  The surrounding Amazon rainforest is home to a massive diversity of life including a variety of primates, colourful birds and remote tribal people.  It is possible to stay in Amazon eco-lodges to explore these areas of flooded forests and tributaries. Also in South America head to The Pantanal for the world’s largest wetland region, home to Jaguar, Tapir, Giant Anteater and rare birds such as the Hyacinth Macaw.

The Zambezi in Africa passes west to east through much of the continent, starting as a trickle in Angola and drifting down through Botswana (where it diverts to the Okavango Delta) and through Zambia and Zimbabwe over the fabulous Victoria Falls towards Mozambique, where vast and wide it eventually meets the Indian Ocean.  The Rift Valley Lakes of Africa provide home to rare cichlid fishes and breeding grounds for pink flamingoes in East Africa. Lake Malawi has fabulous freshwater diving and Lake Tanganyika is the deepest lake in Africa. In South Africa, explore the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Lake Sibaya for fabulous birding and boat trips.

Travel along the most famous river in Africa The Nile!  It’s long disputed where the ‘source’ of the Nile is … and to complicate matters there are TWO Nile rivers … the White and the Blue Nile!  Lake Victoria is said to be the ‘feeder’ lake for the White Nile with the explorer Speake claiming that Jinja in Uganda is the source of the Nile whilst Rwanda has a marker deep in the Nyungwe Forest to the south marking the source of the Nile.  The Blue Nile starts in the highlands of Ethiopia with again, a few disputes of exactly where the start point is … but all agree that this river is a life blood and worshipped by thousands who draw water from it along it’s massive journey through Sudan and Egypt until it finally flows into the Mediterranean at through a Delta in Alexandria.

In Asia the Mekong River is used very much as a transport system for marketable goods and fishing.  It is also home to rare River Dolphins – ask us about the best parts of the river to see them. The Mekong runs from the Tibetan Plateau through China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Travel down they Yangtze River in China, the third longest in the world! Enjoy a houseboat on the backwaters of Kerala in India. Follow the mighty Ganges as this sacred river makes it’s way through the Indian sub-continent and witness world changing sights such as Varanasi ….

Young rivers tend to be fast flowing and collect rocks and sediment as they travel, falling in cascades and in places forming huge waterfalls.  Once a volume of water has fallen from height it tends to calm down into pools, lagoons or lakes.  Lakes are usually very fertile due to the sediment dropped from the rivers feeding them, such as Lake Baikal in Russia, the deepest in the world.  Freshwater lakes of the world provide valuable fishing for humans and other animals, such as bears, wading birds and seals.  Take a trip to the Great Lakes of Canada and Niagara Falls. In Alaska when salmon take their dangerous journey up the rivers to spawn, Grizzly Bears congregate for their annual fishing parties. 

Adventure travel taking in rivers and lakes are possible all over the world, take a look through this website for some inspiration and ideas or give me a call to discuss what you want to see and do.  Whether it’s rafting the Zambezi, cruising down the Nile, paddling the Amazon or drifting on a Houseboat on a lake, there are a wealth of watery holidays out there for you! …… 

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