key element to any safari in Botswana is the Okovango
Delta the world’s largest inland delta. It exists in the middle of an
immense desert, a vast oasis with ribbons of clear water, palm
islands, golden grasses, ponds of lilies and, sometimes,
hundreds of animals.
To enjoy the full scope of what the Delta has to offer,
it’s important to have a few days of both the water
experience and the dryland experience. The water experience
includes gliding silently through the Delta’s channels
as you are poled along in "mokoros" or canoes,
and exhilarating adventures in much faster motor-powered
aluminium speedboats. The land experience usually takes
place in open Landrovers with walks in some areas.
Botswana is far enough south that there is a considerable
difference between the winter and summer seasons so temperature
and day length are important factors to consider. You also
need to time your stay to take into account the water levels
of the Delta as they rise and recede throughout the year.
To the north, there are some unique places to visit such
as Kwando and Selinda, huge private concession areas on
the Linyanti and Selinda rivers. Further south there is
the vast emptiness of the Makgadikgadi pans and the
seasonal greening of the Central Kalahari that brings in
migrant game. If you decide to visit these places you should
aim to spend time with the Bushmen of the Kalahari to experience
the extraordinary interconnectedness of their lives with
the natural environment.
We recommend that you extend a Botswana safari for a few
days or more to add breadth to your adventure and to take
advantage of the exceptional experiences available in Namibia,
South Africa and Malawi. Have a look at some of the
other destinations that we can include
on your itinerary.
Want to read up on Botswana before
you go? Lowis & Leakey and Longitude Books have partnered
to create lists of classic, new and hard-to-find books and
maps to help you get the most out of your adventure. Click
here suggested reading on Botswana.
Credit and thanks for the
images included here goes to Ninian Lowis.