what types of safari's can you do?

MOBILE SAFARIS

Spend each day travelling across a variety of wonderful natural habitats on safari, with the added bonus each late afternoon of finding the very camp you left behind that morning miraculously laid out before you in a new location. This momentum of moving forward, of constant discovery, while at the same time of having the welcome familiarity of your personal camp each night, is perhaps the closest modern equivalent to early african explorations. The duration of mobile safaris ranges from as little as a few days to several weeks, and you can choose one where you help with the cooking and putting up of tents or one where your only camp duty is to sit back and relax. Camps themselves can range from traditional safari tents with minimal furnishings to opulent set-ups with Persian rugs and antique furniture; there is a gamut of options to satisfy every taste. Maintaining the same guide throughout your journey also guarantees you a detailed understanding and appreciation of the complex relationships between the ecosystems you encouter while travelling through Botswana.

 

WALKING SAFARIS

 

Many private camps (walking is not allowed in the national parks) offer short walks which give you a fascinating insight into the smaller details of the bush, such as the indigenious hunting tactic of ant-lions and the skilled art of interpreting spoor. For the more energetic, a couple of operations specialise in longer trips where the camps move with you, providing you with the rare and unforgettable opportunity to 'live' in the wilderness for a few days.

 

TRANS-OKAVANGO

 

Trans-Okavango trips start in the Northern Okavango Panhandle and progress south through the myriad chaneels by boat (or for the ridiculously fit, by kayak.) Lasting from a week upwards, with each night spent camped up at a different spot on the banks of the river, these trips offer you an opportunity that only a few hundred people have experienced before.

 

HORSEBACK SAFARIS

 

Riding through forests and across floodplains among herds of herbivores is one of the most exhilarating experiences imaginable. Your steed acts as an invisible cloak, allowing you to integrate and observe natural animal behaviour, making this a natural choice of safari for competent riders.

 

FISHING IN THE OKAVANGO PANHANDLE

 

Between early August and November, as the flood waters recede, a fishy phenomenon begins - the barbel run. Barbel, Bream and Tigerfish all pounce on the fleeing baitfish in a feeding frenzy which is a dream for both fly and rod specialists. Both lodges and houseboats provide ideal accommodation for avid anglers.

 

CANOEING THE SELINDA SPILLWAY

 

The recent resurgence of watres within the Selinda Spillway, which runs between the Linyanti area west of Chobe National Park and the northern fringe of the Okavango Delta, has led to the introduction of canoeing safaris. Lasting around three nights, these unique safaris are mobile operations with your canoes carrying your camp (and food) with you each day. As witht eh longer walking trips, much of the appeal lies in the journey itself and in your intmate connection with the wilderness.That said, you can still be rewarded with some special wildlife sightings.

 

HOUSEBOATS

 

Besides providing sedate pace of secluded wildlife viewing, houseboats enable you to experience it all from the comfort of your safari home. The Chobe river with its swimming elephants, mammoth crocodiles and stunning floodplains dotted with herds of buffalo, is the most popular location for houseboats. The Okavango Panhandle is another great choice, particularly as the houseboats' tenders enable you to explore smaller channels within the delta.

 

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

 

Botswana's main San populations are based close to Ghanzi and further north in Xai Xai. Here you can learn the ancient hunter-gatherer traditions of this intriguing community with their mischievous sense of humour, fascinating 'click' language and trance-dances.

 

   
 
     
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