FOR A BOTSWANA SAFARI.
The key to a successful safari in Africa is research and planning
wisely to meet your own expectations - whether it be a photographic,
walking, horse-back, elephant-back, fly-in or overland safari.
Botswana offers the traveller all these great adventures -
plus indulgent luxury and splendour in some of the most isolatd
and magnificent wildlife regions in Africa.
Botswana is a surrounded by South Africa, Namibia, Zambia
and Zimbabwe and is landlocked. The Kalahari Desert in the
southern and western region occupies more than two-thirds
of Botswana’s land area. The northeast is largely made
up of undulating grassland scattered with granite outcrops,
with some amazing geological formations. The Okavango in the
northwest forms the world's largest inland delta, a labyrinth
of swamps and lagoons create a habitat for wildlife like no
This unique town on the edge of the Okavango Delta is little
of little appeal to tourists other than being the gateway
to the private concessions and the Moremi Reserve. Unless
you have to spend a night in Maun, there is no real need to
spend any time here. There are some curio shops outside the
airport terminal building. All the major schedule flights
meet connecting charter flights into the Okavango Delta, Moremi
Reserve or Kalahari Desert destinations. Many of these light
aircraft flights fly relatively low over the wildlife wilderness
and are a wonderful orientation of the expanse of this exquisite
area. – From the air one often encounters some of the
great herds that thrive in the lush habitat. For budget minded
travellers who are unable to get into Moremi Reserve camps,
you can sample the delta experience from Maun. Boats and guides
can be hired single-day or several-day trips, camping along
the bank as you go. Mobile safaris are also available with
camping at Moremi Reserve's public sites.
The most thrilling area in Botswana is the Okavango Delta.
Contrasting from most rivers, which run toward the sea, the
Okavango fans inland, arising into a 10 000 square kilometre
complex of islands, inland lakes and channels. The Okavango
River springs from the highlands in Angola and flows into
the sands the Kalahari Desert, where it is trapped and eventually
evaporates. The classical experience in the delta is to sit
in a traditional Mokoro canoe and navigate between the water
lilies and papyrus fringed banks. You are immersed in the
world of hippo, prolific birdlife and can approach wildlife
without the disturbance of motorized means of locomotion.
Opportunities to observe animal life in their natural state
are outstanding, in particular in the region of delta’s
outer edge. The section of the delta that falls within the
Moremi Wildlife Reserve is particularly special. Moremi only
has removable buildings, only reed bungalows and temporary
When selecting a destination, it's essential to establish
what kind of experience you would like. The camps are defined
as either wetland or dry-land concessions.
Some camps, although sited on the edge of the Okavango, may
only offer land activities, which are in the form of game
drives and limited walking safaris. They specialize in offering
very good encounters with some of the Moremi’s big five,
predators, giraffe and the abundant antelope and birdlife
Wetland camps are usually located within the central delta;
focus largely on water based activities. Animals and birds
are encountered more on islands than the dry land portion
of their concession. A selection of concessions on the edge
of the Okavango provides both wetland and dry land activities:
This incorporates both game drives and mokoro and boat rides,
this often provides a greater variety of animals, birds and
To get the best all round safari experience in the Okavango,
we suggest spending two nights in a wetland camp followed
by three nights in a combination camp.
Wildlife is the major attraction in the delta. Recently some
cultural interaction opportunities have been created for visitors
to visit local villages and experience something more of indigenous
inhabitants of the Okavango.
& MOREMI | CHOBE
| LINYANTI | SAVUTE