A July 2003 trip
to Botswana by raycarstairs
Quote: Botswana is a country of big skies and vast tracts of desert and savanna. The sense of space is fantastic and the animal viewing quite incredible.
The highlight of any trip to northern Botswana is undoubtedly the Okavango Delta and Moremi Wildlife Reserve where you can view wildlife at close quarters in it's natural habitat without feeling you're in a park or reserve. Equally fantastic is the Chobe National Park, which boasts an enormous variety of creatures in a magnificent riverside setting.
Try to travel during wintertime -- May to August -- as daytime temps are still hot (mid 30's) but comfortable and there are few, if any, mosquitoes to pester you. You will need to wrap up well at night as temps average at only a few degrees above zero but it's worth sleeping by the campfire under the most incredible display of stars that you're ever likely to experience.
In Okavango, when not gliding through the delta on your canoe, you will most likely be notching up the miles on foot so a light but sturdy pair of boots or trekking shoes would be invaluable as well as a couple of robust water containers.
Chobe Safari Lodge is ideally situated for exploration of the surrounding areas and is only 80km (49.7 miles) from the Victoria Falls, 5km (3.1 miles) from the Kasane International Airport, adjacent to the village of Kasane and situated at the entrance of the world famous Chobe National Park.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 7, 2003
Chobe Safari Lodge
Border of Chobe National Park
(267) 625 0 336
During our stay, locals took us on dawn and dusk forays into the delta land, tracking game of all shapes and sizes. This gave fantastic opportunities to get very close to the animals, even some dangerous ones, in their natural habitat. At night, we slept round the campfire to see the magnificence of the desert night sky surrounded by the dawn grunting of lions and howling hyenas. This was a truly awesome, unspoilt experience.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 6, 2004
Our local guide was a wealth of knowledge about animals, plants, and birds and tracked game of all shapes and sizes, taking us as close as was safely possible. We managed to secure close up viewings of elephant, some of which charged us, hippos, crocodiles, buffalo, honey badger to name but a few. Bird life was also abundant; the delta was teeming with winged creatures such as fish eagles, hornbills, and rollers. The delta is largely unspoilt by 'European man' -- long may it continue.