On Safari: The Wilds of Botswana

A peculiar blend of adrenaline and a sense of total serenity was the prevalent feeling while living in Botswana’s wilderness. Within days we observed enormous herds of cape buffalo, zebra and antelope. We sat in awe as two African fish eagles engaged in a tangled mid-flight courtship, talons locked together, tumbling earthward.

We witnessed the ferociousness of lions ambushing and killing an unlucky warthog right in front of our eyes. On another day we saw how the entire ecosystem teams up against the predators, as a male lion was nearly killed by a hippo while crossing a river, and then was charged by bull elephants when he eventually made it to land.

I was forewarned that the magic of Africa would forever change me; it would be stirring in my blood. Indeed, it’s true.

If You Go

Botswana Department of Tourism

www.botswana-tourism.gov.bw

Khwai Development Trust

www.khwai.org

Botswana keeps its tourist numbers low by keeping the prices charged visitors relatively high. A traveler will typically pay between US$ 300 and US$ 800 or more per day for an organized safari tour, depending upon the time of year.

Pack lightly. Travel throughout Botswana and southern Africa is often aboard small bush planes that adhere to a strict luggage weight limit of 26 to 33 pounds (12-15 kilos).

Choose a travel agency wisely. Walking safaris differ greatly from game-drive safaris, and national parks differ from private reserves. Make sure your agent has been there, so you know exactly what to expect.

Select Safari Tour Operators

Acacia Travel
619-225-1233
www.acaciatravel.com
San Diego–based Acacia Travel has a great reputation for booking top-notch safari vacations.

Capture Africa specializes in mobile photographic safaris throughout Botswana.

Capture Africa
++ 267 686 1200
www.captureafrica.co.za

 

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