by Marian Myers of WIlderness Safaris
Botswana has a well-deserved reputation as one of Africa’s best wildlife countries. The jewel that is the Okavango Delta offsets the unique dry central region of the Kalahari and the Makgadikgadi pans. Its clear blue waters sparkle in the light of the warm African sun, its main watercourses and rivulets trickle and flow and spread out in the shape of a hand resting in the northern-most part of the country. There is nothing quite like it in the rest of the world. It is home to some of Africa’s best wildlife, birds, fish and flora too.
Austin-Lehman Adventures has teamed up with Wilderness Safaris, who has some of the most spectacular, wild and remote areas that the Okavango Delta has to offer which means guests have a diverse choice when compiling their safari itinerary. Typically, one should mix up the areas by complementing a water experience with a land experience. There are also various levels of comfort and adventure that can be considered. The premier camps offer more in terms of luxury; whereas the classic camps offer a comfortable well-designed home-from-home atmosphere, the Explorations bring you closer to the wild with “comfortable camping”.
The combination to look for when planning a safari, therefore, is: the area first, the level of comfort second and the time of the year third. July-October is southern Africa’s winter, which is dry, and game viewing is excellent. The months on either side of winter are also very productive though and not as cold. To witness the season of birth and renewal, December through March is the best time to travel – everything is green, spectacular and babies are being born.
Botswana has so much to offer. Let ALA and Wilderness Safaris help you build a safari that will be a life-changing journey.