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Canoeing with Elephants

As good as it gets, an afternoon in Botswana canoeing with National Geographic filmmakers & Explorers in Residence, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, as elephants come to the river to drink. Roger Miller sang, “You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd”, but as I found out can go canoeing in a buffalo herd and an elephant herd to create an unforgettable experience. When the action began I was thinking it doesn’t get any better than this, but it did as more elephants kept showing up. It was the perfect day at Selinda Explorers Camp.

Boyd Matson, in his work for National Geographic, has been bitten, scratched, or pooped on, and occasionally kissed by most of the creatures found at your local zoo. What he refers to as his job, others might describe as a career spent attending summer camp for adults. Currently Matson is the host of the weekly radio show, “National Geographic Weekend.” Conducting interviews from the studio and from the field, Matson connects with some of the greatest explorers and adventurers on the planet to transport listeners to the far corners of the world and to the hidden corners of their own backyards. Matson also writes about his experiencs in his monthly column, “Boyd Matson Unbound” for National Geographic Traveler magazine, produces videos for National Geographic.com, and serves as a spokesperson for the National Geographic Society.
  • Natashia Meens

    Hi Boyd , I had the pleasure of being invited to dine with you on the Lindblad Svalbard expedition a couple of years ago . I have to tell you this footage is amazing . I have a canoe and love to paddle but paddling with elephants ! Wow that looked soooo amazing I’m eating my heart out ! What an intimate experience . I want to do it now . Thanks Boyd for sharing this awesome experience .

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