How about safari holidays with a difference?

People who want to get off the beaten track may like to try out a canoe safari in Africa.

In a piece for the Sydney Morning Herald, Shaney Hudson recalls her trip along the Kafue River – a major tributary of the Zambezi – which she said is a "stunning" part of the continent.

She added: "Broad floodplains stretch out from the river banks before the land arches sharply to a rugged escarpment on the Zambian side."

Those looking for national parks and private game reserves to visit on safari holidays might enjoy this location even more as there is a succession of these along the river bank, Ms Hudson continued.

Wildlife from hippos to elephants can also be viewed from the 18 ft canoes.

But those looking for even more animals may be interested in Botswana as Graham Boynton, writing for the Telegraph, declared that the biggest lions in the world can be found in the African nation.