The boat is called, Peregrine, named after the Peregrine Falcon, which is a bird of prey in the falcon family. Peregrine takes guests on a ‘water safari’ on the impressive Bellair Dam situated in the middle of this vast reserve in order to reach what has been, up to now, unchartered territory. It presents guests with a new experience and perspective of the Big 5 wildlife, marine and birdlife.
Peregrine is able to navigate through even shallow waters and offer access to most areas of the dam. It seats 12 guests in utter style while they enjoy either an early morning or a sunset cruise, which forms part of a game drive, weather permitting.
One of the highlights on the boat safari is to possibly get up close to a pod of hippo, which can be spotted bathing in the dam.
The Bellair Dam was built almost 100 years ago and bird watching is incredibly prolific as more than 40 species of birdlife flock to the dam alone. Guests get a chance to see the ‘newly built’ dam wall and on a hot summer’s day swim whilst enjoying vistas that are only found in the Karoo.