1. Mekong Delta. The Mekong River—the seventh longest in Asia—terminates in the very south of Vietnam. This area is the ideal place for animal and nature lovers. It’s so expansive that in 2005 the Laotian Rock Rat was discovered in abundance when it was previously thought to have been extinct for 11 million years. In fact, surveys conducted between 1997 and 2007 found more than 1000 distinct species of animals. This makes it a phenomenal place for kayakers who wish to see a bit of nature along with their waterways.
2. Colorado River. The Colorado River might not be the most famous river in America. Many have not heard of it, though it’s not easy to guess that its springs from the Colorado mountains—the Rockies. However, its true masterpiece is known throughout the world and referred to as The Grand Canyon. Not for the light-hearted, bits of this river can get very rough. Although there are calmer areas perfect for families with young children, the rapids are definitely for experienced kayakers only!
3. Murray River. At just over 2500 kilometres the Murray is Australia’s longest river. Travelling along its course the largest town one would encounter is Albury and with a population of only 80 000 people, it’s safe to say that this river is one that travels through Australia’s grand wildernesses. The river begins in the Australian Alps—the continent’s highest mountain range—and drains the western side of those mountains by meandering through Australia’s vast inland plains. As a paddler on this stream not only will you get to see loads of the Australian country side but along the literally vital river will take you through the lands it flows through and supplies with enough water to be called the food bowl of the nation.
4. Danube Delta. Like much of Europe the Danube Delta gets frigid in winter time. The Delta itself occasionally freezes over (though the days in which it froze over entirely seem to be gone as a result of climate change). Nevertheless in the summer time this region looks more like something out of Africa than Europe. Indeed many migratory birds from as far away as Subsaharan Africa nest and breed in the Danube Delta. For any anglers out there, the delta is also a phenomenal place to go fishing. Although they were nearly fished to extinction and are now protected if you’re lucky enough you might even glimpse a Danube sturgeon!
5. Lake Baikal. This massive lake in Siberia is the largest freshwater lake in the world and it alone contains some 1/5th of the world’s fresh surface water—more water than all of North America’s Great Lakes combined. The Lake, which freezes during Siberia’s harsh winters, is also home to one of the world’s three species of exclusively freshwater seals. The adorable aquatic mammals make a paddle through Lake Baikal a journey not to miss!