Botswana: Kayaking the Okavango - EXPLORATORY TRIP!
An Exclusive Wilderness Paddling Safari Across the World’s Largest Inland Delta
To meet Africa in silence, 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 few contemporary safari-goers. Our Botswana kayaking expedition returns you to the era of the early explorers, when nothing came between you and the African wild except the canvas wall of your tent at night. This unusual paddling odyssey traverses more than a hundred miles of the Okavango Delta, the world's largest inland marsh. Cut by swift-flowing channels and marked with lagoons and islands, the Okavango is a vast haven for some of Africa's greatest wildlife concentrations—and a matchless safari experience for paddlers.
- Explore the delta’s varied habitats, from permanently flooded marshes to dry islands and seasonal floodplains home to big game and predators
- Witness a stunning array of birdlife at eye level as we paddle a maze of papyrus-lined channels and lagoons
- Camp in the heart of the wilderness and bookend your adventure with comfortable stays at deluxe safari lodges at the beginning and end of your trip
You Won't Find a Better Africa Kayaking Expedition!
- We Are Africa's Most Experienced Sea Kayaking Operators
More than two decades ago we pioneered guided sea kayaking trips in Africa. We trail-blazed guided trips to coastal Mozambique and Madagascar, and our guides have formerly led trips on Lake Malawi. In this spirit of finding new and exciting African waters to paddle, we have designed this exclusive trip, securing permission to kayak through one of the most famous wildlife habitats in Africa—the Okavango Delta of Botswana. With our long and proven history of leading exploratory kayaking trips worldwide, including Africa, you can rest assured that you are traveling with the best!
- No One Else on the Planet Offers This Trip!
In the pioneering spirit that defines Natural Habitat Expeditions, we have crafted this trip as another "first" and invite adventure travelers with an exploratory spirit to join us. No other adventure travel company offers this guided product—we possess the sole license to conduct these kayaking and camping trips in the Okavango. Together with our local friends in Botswana, we've custom-designed an adventure that is both safe and fun, in one of the world's premier wildlife habitats.
- A Point-to-Point Itinerary Through Stunning Geographic Environs
This trip is a classic A-to-B expeditionary journey across the Okavango Delta. While most delta safari experiences include one or possibly two base camps from which to pursue local excursions, our exhilarating kayaking odyssey traverses the delta from Nguma Island in the northwest corner to Moremi Crossing on the southeast side, for an unparalleled wilderness immersion.
- See More of the Delta's Wildlife
The Okavango Delta is famed for its abundant and diverse wildlife. From hippos, water birds and water-adapted antelope in the depths of the marsh to elephants, giraffe and stealthy feline predators on dry island outposts, we'll enjoy close encounters with a range of exciting species. But the bonus is that we see them in a far more intimate fashion than most safari-goers do: from the seat of a kayak, in the silence of the delta's wildest reaches. No large motor boats, no crowds, no signs of civilization—just us and Africa's animals as they have existed for millennia.
- Our Guides are Some of the World’s Most Accomplished Kayakers
The Expedition Leader by your side on the first date of these exploratory trips is Olaf Malver, one of the world’s premier paddlers and adventurers and CEO (Chief Exploratory Officer) of Natural Habitat Expeditions. Olaf has been pioneering sea kayaking expeditions from the Arctic to the South Seas for more that 25 years and personally put this trip together with key local partners in the Okavango to operate it with the utmost in safety and the best chances for spotting wildlife. Olaf is just one example of our outstanding NHA Expedition Leaders, who receive additional training and resources provided by WWF’s top scientists. See Expedition Leader bios with traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
- A Small Group Assures You of One-on-One Time with Your Trip Leader
Because this tour is limited to approximately 10 adventurers, you’ll have ample time to get to know your guide on a personal basis. Share stories, thoughts and reflections during energetic endeavors during the day, and relax together over meals in the evenings. And, we have support from local kayaking guides, too, to assure your every comfort.
- We Guarantee You’ll Be Talking About This Adventure for Years to Come
Natural Habitat Adventures guarantees that we will meet or surpass the expectations you have for your trip as detailed in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious promise made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
- Feel Good About the Way You Travel
We all care about the planet, and you can travel with us knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100 percent carbon-offset. Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company and an industry leader in sustainable travel practices.
- Natural Habitat Adventures Is World Wildlife Fund’s Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our small-group nature adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world’s leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat its worldwide travel partner—a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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