Botswana's striking salt pans, diamond-rich deserts, fertile flood plains and spectacular game reserves make it exceptionally dramatic.
Situated in the centre of Southern Africa, landlocked Botswana has Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe as its neighbours. The Kalahari Desert forms the majority of Botswana. The Okavango Delta is a wonderous wetland within a desert, receiving its waters from rain falling over a thousand kilometres away and sustaining a huge diversity of fauna and flora. In the north-east of the country, the Chobe and Linyanti reserves are renowned for their predators and large concentrations of game.
The untamed landscapes of Botswana leave little to the adventurous imagination.
Spend 4-6 hours each day exploring the Okavango Delta on a horseback safari, where you can enjoy fast and thrilling gallops alongside zebra and giraffe and get close to big game.
The horses have finely-tuned senses to keep an eye out on where the game is and love galloping through the floodplains of the Delta.
There are a variety of different shape and sized horses, along with a choice of western and English saddles.
The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans are approximately the same size as Switzerland! During June to September you can travel by quad bike across the salt-encrusted pans to Kubu Island, which is a unique two night adventurous expedition.
You will stop to look at remote archaeological sites and you can sleep under the stars at the magnificent Kubu Island, which is a granite outcrop studded with Baobab trees.
Discover the secrets of the pans with the Zu/’hoasi Bushmen on a fascinating bush walk and see how they live in their environment.
When you walk with the Bushmen you will learn all about their way of life, from traditional hunting skills to the art of gathering medicinal plants and herbs. You may also be lucky enough to witness a magical and psiritual trance dance.
This is the perfect way to experience the sights and sounds of the Okavango Delta without scaring off the wildlife with a motor. It is an incredibly peaceful experience, getting close to wildlife and birds, brushing past reeds and seeing brightly coloured frogs along the way or coming across elephants drinking at the water's edge. You might also be lucky and spot the rare sitatunga hiding in the reeds.
You will glide silently through the waters of the Okavango Delta by mokoro, which is a dug-out canoe, manoevered by a local boat man (poler) who stands at the end using a long pole to push the mokoro forward. This is a truly unique experience.
Tread in the footsteps of Selous and Livingstone, both of whom wandered right through this area of the Selinda Spillway, which is a remote area close to the heart of the pristine 320,000 acre private Selinda Reserve.
Going on a walking safari is the perfect opportunity to see the small and incredibly interesting things, such as insects, spoor and having the natural bush medicine explained to you by your knowledgable guide. Often these things are missed out on a vehicle safari.
This area is a wildlife hotspot which is home to huge herds of buffalo and elephant and you can often spot wild dog, lion, roan and sable.
Experience the Okavango Delta with a difference by walking with the resident elephants of the Abu herd. Here you can not only walk with the elephants, but also spend time with them and get to know the various personalities.
You can engage and interact through various activities with the elephants, such as training, mud bathing and veterinary care. You can also learn more about elephant behaviour and conservation and really transform your perception of these magnifient and highly intelligent creatures.
Please contact your Destination Specialist for more information on +44 (0) 1993 824198
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Helicopter flights can make some of the most remote villages in the Okavango Delta accessible to those looking for a cultural side to complement its amazing wildlife, providing an unforgettable insight into a way of life that has changed very little for many generations.
The excursion, which lasts approximately 2 hours, begins with guests being picked up from their camp for a scenic ﬂight to the village to which we have been invited. This journey and the return ﬂight provide amazing photographic opportunities of the landscape and wildlife en-route. The tour is led by a local guide who explains aspects of village life such as architecture, religious beliefs, hunting and ﬁshing, and there is also the opportunity to meet local craftspeople.
From USD 375 to USD 710 per person depending on pick up location. Please contact your Destination Specialist to find out more on +44 1993 824198.
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