By a coincidence of geography and geology, Botswana has within its boundaries one of the world’s great inland waterways, the Okavango Delta. The Okavango River drains water from the Angola highlands into a depression or trough which collects in a delta spreading over 10000 square kilometres. This is a happy accident because this area would otherwise be an arid desert like much of the surrounding area.
Some people are nervous about heights, some are agoraphobic; my particular phobia is flying. Upon discovering that I would have to endure two ‘big’ and four ‘little’ planes over a period of just four days, a cold sweat came over me which was slightly relieved when I discovered that we would be in one of the bigger Caravans instead of the much smaller Cessna’s.
Having just returned from Botswana on what I regard as the “Best Botswana Safari Ever“, I simply must share my experience. Flying over on Air Botswana was fine, no delays as such. On arrival I was mesmerised with just how small a international airport can be, Maun airport is truly nothing what i expected but they say, great things come in small packages but not the case here.
Lions of Africa, most definitely one of the main reasons most people will go on safari. To see these animals the King (and Queen) of the African jungle in real life face-to-face is something to behold no matter where you are the matter what you are doing you will come to a dead stop and marvel at these marvellous creatures.
Uyaphi.Com reservations manager Nicky Searle walked away with a 1.0 carat Botswana diamond at Indaba 2010. The award was presented by Karibu Safari Botswana in their international sales incentive competition for the year’s best individual sales person based on number of confirmed bookings, pax travelling and total value of sales.
1. Ride an Elephant
The Addo Elephant back Safari allows you to interact with elephants in their natural habitat bordering the Greater Addo Elephant National Park. Trained elephant handlers share their special knowledge about the animals on this leisurely 3 hour walk-and-talk. Children to be accompanied by a parent.
5-day Botswana Safari; This fantastic experience exceeded the high expectations I had, My 5 day safari to Botswana with Karibu Safaris was truly an unforgettable trip and an experience of a lifetime. (A combination of the Authentic Safari and the Stanley Safari).
Elephants can live for 50 years, so when Doug and Sandi Groves adopted Jabu, Thembi and later Morula, rescuing them from culling operations that had left them orphans, they knew they were making a life-long commitment to the trio. Doug and Sandi Groves had strived to find ways in which their adopted elephants can act as ambassadors to their wild counterparts.