Kayak Botswana

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Yes, Botswana. This summer, Boulder, Colo.'s Natural Habitat Adventures debuts its first-ever paddling trip across the country's Okavango Delta, promising wildlife, wetlands and a coveted stamp in your passport. The trip will be led by famed paddler Olaf Malver and involves a 120-mile, point-to-point kayaking expedition. The 8-day trip will be offered twice in 2014–July 29-August 5, and August 12-19–and involve paddling 5-7 hours per day, with one layover day, while traversing the delta's varied habitats. Paddlers can expect to see hippo, crocodile, buffalo, elephant, giraffe, zebra, warthog, kudu, impala, reedbuck, bushbuck, waterbuck, red lechwe, sitatunga, lion, leopard and more—perhaps even the cheetah, sable and wild dog. "It's one of the most wildlife-intense areas in Africa," says Malver. "To meet Africa in silence that's broken only by the drip of a paddle, the call of birds and the rustle of wildlife in the reeds is a wilderness experience available to very few modern-day safari-goers—it's a chance to meet nature in a humbling and rewarding way, for those willing to work for it." The kayak Botswana expedition begins with a short chartered flight from Maun to Nguma Island in the permanently flooded northwestern Okavango Delta. It finishes at Moremi Crossing, followed by a return flight to Maun. A 4-day, 3-night luxury safari camp extension is also offered in conjunction with the trip.

Outfitter: www.nathab.com/expeditions.