Back in surroundings that allow you to hear that morning call from the birds chirping at the first signs of dawn. Surroundings unpolluted by urban comforts and as darkness gives way to night allow you to have stars twinkle at you and it’s as if the world suddenly melts away with sweet nothings whispered from a lovers lips and like romantic rhythms, perfectly received to your ears. Being at one with nature and back to basics of appreciating the peace and quiet offered by being in the middle of nowhere is one of life’s luxuries in the world we live today. Memories of my trip to Botswana last October were just that,…moments of blissful pleasure being back in familiar surroundings. My boyfriend and I had the pleasure of crossing no man’s land on foot; Kazungula. This is a small area of land between Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia where we crossed over from Zambia into Botswana by a small ferry. Our Safari journey was to start from right there on the border crossing into Kasane, Botswana. As you drive away from the border you can spot many elephants in the drier fields. We were in Kasane for 2 days but managed to spot elephants, monkeys, hippos, baboons all without getting on a typical African safari ride.
Kasane is a small town, so you will find few places to stay and not all are budget friendly for backpacker budgets but very comfortable. Also just be aware that there are animals roaming in nearby fields so don’t approach them as if you are looking at pets – I have seen and heard too many stories. The elephants in Kasane are still getting used to the fact that their territory now has to be shared with humans. They sometimes tear down fences and the monkeys have also been known to snatch food or even electronic devices from hands. So if you don’t want to lose that iPhone then keep it way away from the cheeky monkeys. The place we stayed at in Kasane was right by the river so we had ample opportunity to spot hippos and monkeys before we left. It’s also fenced to stop animals coming through. There is also security at the gates too.
Moving on from Kasane we bused it from Kasane to Maun. The majority of our stay in Botswana was spent in Maun. It offers the best access to Moremi National Park, Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Also known as Africa’s last Eden. A unique wetland teeming with wildlife and right at the center of Botswana’s Safari Industry. It’s surrounded by lush vegetation, beautiful palm trees, mangosteens and with that, giraffes, impalas, elephants, zebras, colourful bird life and the wildest cats in town, all roam freely at their own pleasure. With the Okavango Delta safari tours being so popular, this has brought about an opportunity for operators to offer beautifully decorated lodges dotted around the national park. These offer up and close views of safari animals and sometimes all from your own very private verandas. Prices for these can range from tear-jerkingly shocking prices. Prices that might need you to have your doctor on speed dial before you reveal them, but there are always ways to go on safaris without having to remortgage your home and draw out of your kid’s college funds. If you can afford them, that’s great, but if you are booking any of these lodges just be sure you are booking ones that are ecological and respect the eco-system of the national parks and the animals in them, whatever country you are doing your safari’s in.
Safari Pictures from Botswana’s Okavango Delta
Below are some of the pictures taken while exploring the small portion of the 15,000 square kilometers of the Delta. I thought I would share some pictures before I share tips on how you can go on a safari for those that want to go on one, but think they can’t afford to go on a safari. I will also be sharing tips on what to pack for a safari. I will try and break that up with posts from my recent trip to India and Greece. So stay tuned! For tips on what to pack for a safari trip
, check out the Boarding Call Blog.
Okavango Delta Safari Tours Available
There are many tours available for an Okavango Delta Safri tour. We road tripped from Victoria Falls
to Botswana’s Maun the above safari tour then continued the road trip to Namibia’s Windhoek then Swakopmund for our sandboarding Namibia’s giant dunes in the desert. While this trip was self-guided and self-planned with the help of my brother, there are similar tours you can do that come much of what I have mentioned here. For safari tours in Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, South Africa and Botswana then look no further than G Adventures African safari tours
. There are tours that encompass a multi-country tour. There is one covering similar ground to what we did. It covers, Zambia’s Victoria Falls, Botswana’s Maun for the Okavango Delta safari then you move on to Nambia
. Some also include South Africa’s Kruger Park and more. You can choose one that fits your budget and time you have.
Hotels, Hostels, Camps and Guest Houses in Okavango Delta
As big as the Okavango Delta is, the majority of accommodation options with easy access to the safari tour are based in Maun. You have guest houses, hotels, hostels and camps in Maun
. available for frugle and luxury budgets on Expedia. You also have more accommodation options on Booking.com where they are also separated by the city. You can look at options available for Maun
, Okavango Delta,
if you are coming through from Zimbabwe or Zambia. Kasane is a quick stop before you take another bus to Maun where majority of the tours start from.
|Hippos swimming with little baby hippos in the back.|
|Poor little zebra, didnt stand a chance in Lion’s den.|
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