From the Kalahari Desert to the Okavango Delta. Where the driest and wettest parts collide. Where game viewings are at their peak and cultural encounters you need not seek. During the cooler months of June to August, and ideal for the intrepid, luxury traveler, Botswana delights.
Limelight has been thrown on this natural beauty in the last decade by author Alexander McCall Smith’s The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, yet Botswana remains a travel enigma of its own and is a best kept secret by its discerning visitors. Topped by a fast-growing economy and a stable democracy, this charming sub-saharan destination shines out for exploration.
This landlocked country boasts true enchantment with its large inviting wilderness. The semi-arid sandy Kalahari sprawls to engulf 85% of the country, making human population sparse. A nod to what once was a historic, expansive lake, white lunar salt pans craft fantasy landscapes. These are the famous and world’s largest Makgadigadi Pans.
As shimmering sunsets create ethereal scenes, the night sky soon transforms into a powerful star-studded sky.
Joyce Raichenah, Senior Travel Consultant, suggests you stay at Meno a Kwena, which is right at the border of the park.
“The camp itself has this really charming old safari style to it, quite unlike other camps we have visited and are unique in Botswana.”
“The location is stunning! Perched right atop a cliff, the little swimming pool overlooks the Boteti Riverbank.I could sit there all day long watching the animal activity as diverse wildlife comes down to take a drink. It took my breath away and I’m sure it will take yours too!”
When we travel, it’s not uncommon to find the most unexpected in the least likely place. Botswana is no different.
In the midst of the desert, you will find the lush, green, water-brimming oasis of the Okavango Delta. The Okavango captivates her guests for all the wildlife she offers.
Go on a game drive, take a guided walk through the bush, jump into a speed boat that zips through the winding Okavango channels, or otherwise, try your luck on a traditional boat (mokoro ride).
Joyce recommends that you try them all.
“It will really allow you to immerse yourself in the wildness. The beauty of safari is that you never quite know what you will find just around the corner….”
More than just jeep drives, enjoy six unique safari options:
3. Mokoro (canoe)
4. Helicopter/light aircraft
5. Hot air balloons
6. Quad bike
Joyce’s favorite safari style is to experience the Okavango Delta by air.
“Take a helicopter transfer from one camp to another and witness from above the winding channels, green islands and landscapes dotted with the odd giraffe, elephants, and if you are lucky, crocodiles!”
As you venture deeper into Botswana the opportunities to interact with local ethnic peoples (bushmen) increase. An interesting cultural walk lets you understand the ancient tribal way of life that has been dramatized over the centuries.
Joyce adds, “It’s a precious moment when you realise there are humans living on the same earth who are so different, and yet so alike.”
Now that you’re in on the secret, why not peek at Enchanting Travels sample private trips to Botswana? From Kalahari Desert to Okavango Delta, you can personalize them to your heart’s delight.
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