Botswana

 

“Without new experiences, something inside us sleeps.” Frank Herbert.

Botswana is a country of stark contrasts, a land of burning desert and crystal clear waterways.

Along the northern border five central African countries meet, and two great rivers, the Zambezi and the Chobe Rivers, flow, providing sanctuary for the greatest herds of elephant in Africa.

Botswana

In the north of the country the Okavango Delta, for which Botswana is justifiably famous, is uniquely an inland delta, where the flood waters of the Okavango, born months before in the Angolan highlands, seep into the sands of the Kalahari, forming a vast web of waterways and floodplains that are a paradise for birds and game animals.

Further south are the scorched lands of the Kalahari Desert - salt pans shimmering in the heat and endless miles of plains and scrubland.

Safari

Safari in the Okavango Delta is a constantly changing experience as the flood waters ebb and flow according to the seasons.

Camps are all small and comfortable and include some positioned deep in the heart of the Delta that are as luxurious as any in Africa.

The greatest concentration of game is in the Moremi Game Reserve, but there are many private concessions offering excellent game viewing in areas bordering the Reserve.

Game viewing can be from open topped safari vehicles or by power boat or mekoro (a traditional dug-out canoe).

Some camps can only offer either land or water-based game-viewing activities and some can offer both, although the balance between them is constantly shifting depending on the water levels.

The wildlife is outstanding in the Delta with an abundance of plains game, elephant and predators of all sorts, but for many travellers it is the dazzling birdlife that enchants them.
There are regular charter flights between camps and in and out of Maun to the Delta, making a fly-in safari an excellent way to explore the different habitats the Delta provides.

These flights also link up with other safari destinations in Botswana such as the Selinda, a game-rich private reserve on the Selinda Spillway which links the Okavango Delta to the Linyanti Swamps, or the Makgadikadi Pans which offer a rare chance to explore on quad bike these ancient salt pans deep in the Kalahari and where for a few short weeks a year can be seen the last great Migration of zebra and wildebeest in Southern Africa.

For the adventurous traveller we can arrange a mobile Botswana safari, tailor-made for each group, where you will be accommodated in small and comfortable private tented camps and follow the migration of the wildlife from the Okavango Delta to some of the remotest areas of the Central Kalahari, also learning at first hand some of the ancient skills of the San Bushmen.

 

Images courtesy: Wilderness Chitabe Lediba, Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp, Wilderness Kings Pool