Besides the elephants, which are truly the most impressive group of animals there, the Chobe National Park has an amazing variety of game. Just by passing through we saw giraffes, monkeys, springboks and dozens and dozens of elephants! Awesome!
Two of my favorite activities were done on foot. We had a ranger who grew up in the bush, and he took us on a walk into the bush. You don't see large game, which is a good thing, but you see quite a bit of Africa you won't get on a drive. Highlight was a lesson on how to get water and stimulants from a tree limb (we got samples to taste). The other activity on foot was a climb to the top of a hill at a ruin site (another ranger with archeological knowledge accompanied us) - exhilarating, and the View! Saw elephant shrews at the top (try spotting these from a moving vehicle). And we walked around and picked up beads from old civilizations - artifacts everywhere!
E21'44'833 about 52 kms sw of Shakwe, where Drosty's have a fantastic Hotel and campsites west of the Okavango River, before ot becomes the delta further south.
The three hills male, female and child is accessible from the main tar road, but 38 kms of sand with 4x4 bumping ans waying gets you there, what an experience
I know now know how Louwrens van der Post felt, and also know why he wrote the Lost world of the Kalahari.
about 3500 rock paintings, executed between 800-1300AD but some must be about 100 years.
being part of Gondwanaland and the centre of the break up, some 135 million years back,
but you'll have to wait for more,
but at least you can see Ken with his favourite Giraffe on the Van der Post Panel, that's on the southern face of the Divuyu Hill of the Female HILL
Using the right vehicle and driver can get you to some remote area of the delta. Some times you really 'cruising' in the water chanells but you manage to cross Hippos area and elephants tracks. A scout is sitting infront for spotting tracks of animals.
Solitamente il Botswana si gira solo in due modi, o con tour operators alloggiando in alberghi di lusso o in gruppo con una tenda e escursioni fatte sul posto.
In entrambi casi le cose che si fanno e i posti che si visitano sono gli stessi. Ma nel secondo caso e' tutto vissuto in maniera piu' intensa ed autentica. Dormire in tenda nel mezzo del nulla o in campeggi dove le iene ti passano accanto e' incredibile. Consiglio comunque di effettuare le escursioni appoggiandosi a operatori locali con guide del luogo che vi porteranno ovunque vogliate. Il soggiorno nell'okawango offre diverse localita' fra le varie isole del delta e nel Kalhari troverete innumerevoli posti dove soggiornare con la tenda. In particolare io sono stato a Baines Baobab nel Kalhari e lo consiglio vivamente.
THE HIGHEST POINT IN BOTSWANA IS OTSE MOUNTAIN, LOCATED OUTSIDE OF THE CAPITAL, GABORONE. IT RISES 4885 FEET (1489 METERS). I NOTE THAT VT'S 'QUICK FACTS' INCORRECLY NAMES TSODILO HILLS AS THE HIGHPOINT.
Don't get so caught up in the big animals that you miss out on the small wild beauties like birds, insects and frogs. I loved to sit very quietly in the afternoons in camp and watch the vivid birds all around. I also saw these amazing little frogs, called Painted Reed Frogs. Males were bright white with red underbellies, and their nightime call was a delicate 'clink, clink' sound.
This photo is of a Jacana nest. Also known as a Lilly Trotter because of its long toes, it builds a floating nest among the reeds.
The village of Etsha 6 (referred to as Etsha) is home of the Okavango Basket Shop, where you can buy high quality Botswana baskets and other crafts at lower prices than in Maun or Gaborone. A trip to Etsha may also be an opportunity to see a rural village in Botswana. Etsha is easily accessable by bus from Maun.
Just you, the wild and your guide... in our case, Charles. I described this tip in more detail in the Things To Do section, but wanted to give it mention here, because it is more off the beaten path.
We were on a overland safari with Kumuka Expeditions and we were able to travel by traditional dugout canoes to camp two nights in the middle of the Okavango Delta
Plot 21117, Corner Mobuto and Maratadiba, The Village - Private Bag 00324, Gaborone, Botswana
Good for: Families
P.O. Box 100, Maun, Botswana
Good for: Families
Chobe River, Kasane, Botswana
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Business
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