If you are considering a visit to Botswana for a safari holiday in southern Africa and wondering what the experience will be like this post will answer many of your questions. Find out about what you can expect to see in Botswana, where to visit in Botswana and exactly what a wild camping trip to one of the most beautiful countries in Africa actually entails.
What you will definitely experience is an adventure in Botswana – it may be unlike any holiday you have taken before but the memories will last a lifetime.
An adventure in Botswana
“Do you think you will cope with wild camping?” asked my husband, Kevin, when he’d found a safari holiday.”Botswana is meant to be the jewel in the crown of safaris” and this trip also included 2 days at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. “
Could I do it? At 63 was this a bit mad? Wild camping? No facilities? Camp bed in a tent with wild animals roaming outside?
Well in for a penny, in for a pound so they say and I can tell you, it was the best decision ever! We experienced THE most amazing trip in a section of this huge country the size of France with a population of just over 2 million people and 200,000 elephants!
The elephants in Botswana
The magnificent elephant!! We saw them daily. We saw them having a mud bath to protect their skin against sunburn and parasites. We witnessed almost 80 cows cross the River Chobe with their trunks in the air and supporting their babies as the sun sank in the sky and nighttime descended. It was quite breathtaking.
This male bull was within 50 metres of where we were standing, when we were on a walking safari. It was shaking a
palm tree with his trunk and tusks, to release the fruit and seeds to eat.
The accommodation wild camping in Botswana
Yes our accommodation was a bit basic, but we had good food cooked on camp fires in the company of a fantastic group of 11 like minded enthusiasts of wild adventure.
Our tent with the ‘ bushy bushy’ toilet in the background! We even had a bushy shower with hot water from the fire.
The wood for the fires were bought from local people on the roadside during our travels.
The cold early mornings, were well worth it, for the immersion into this stunning natural world which included vast
plains, huge starry skies, the Okavango Delta, enormous expanse of salt pans and incredible sunsets.
The wild animals in Botswana
Of course the real highlights which made this the most memorable of experiences was finding and watching the behaviours of the most beautiful wild animals in their natural habitats, thanks to our very experienced tour guide Sam and knowledge of our bushman Vasco.
We later saw this cheetah catch an impala.
We were reminded the real world is all about survival …..not Disney!!
The male lion stalking a herd of Buffaloes.
The female lion about to chase off the cheetah!!
We heard these creatures roaming around our tents at night!!! Hyenas can weigh up to 80kg! I wasn’t keen to get up for the loo in the night!
The graceful Impala. We saw lots of different antelopes too including steenboks, Kudus, Tsessebe, Roan and Sable
The magnificent statuesque giraffes. The tallest animal in the world. At a full gallop, they can reach speeds of 55 km/h.
How to choose from my 1000+ photographs! Almost impossible. so those are just a few of the animals we saw. Of particular note, on an evening boat trip on the Chobe River, we encountered crocodiles basking on the waters edge as well as a huge range of birds who graced us with their beauty.
And our Botswana adventure continued
Have you ever tried punting on the river Cam in Cambridge? Try poling Mokoros ( canoes) through the only inland delta in the world, with guidance from the expert local people! Unforgettable.
On our last night in the delta with these wonderful people, our guides and ‘polers’ regaled us with their traditional songs and dances and we all joined in with a song to remember the beauty of Africa.
A trip to Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls
Two days in Zimbabwe enabled us to see the magnificent Victoria Falls on foot and with a birds eye view by helicopter.
A truly memorable trip.
Thanks to a great group of people who we shared the experience with.
From left to right:
Di, Carina, Nina, Tony, Sam and Vasco ( kneeling), Phil, Sue, Paul, Pauline ( me), Andrew, Kevin and David.
Thank-you Pauline for telling us about your amazing adventure in Botswana.
For those of you who have not been to southern Africa I can only further endorse Pauline’s experiences – it is truly a magnificent part of the world.
PIN FOR LATER – AN ADVENTURE IN BOTSWANA
Have you been to southern Africa or is it a bucket list destination? Would you like an adventure in Botswana?
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