Botswana is one of the world’s true premiere safari destinations. With a staunch commitment to conserving the country’s unparalleled wildlife, the Botswanan government has pioneered photographic safaris and changed the travel game in southern Africa.
The northern territory of Botswana is a wildlife enthusiast’s paradise. Chobe National Park has long been a mecca for elephant, boasting the largest concentration of these charismatic creatures in Africa. The Okavango Delta, slightly west of Chobe, is a wonder of the natural world; this verdant oasis acting as the lifeblood for a plethora of specially adapted species.
There’s no doubt that the traditional 4x4 safari is a must-do while touring Botswana, but for those who seek something more, here are 5 unbeatable safari experiences you shouldn’t miss:
1) Mokoro ride
As rains from northern Angola press south, the Okavango Delta begins to flood, transforming this otherwise dry and dusty area into a swamp-land that teems with life. Small islands dot the otherwise flooded expanse. As large mammals such as elephant and hippo pass through the tall grasses, they create a network of pathways through the reeds.
Guests visiting the delta can explore these narrow pathways by traditional dug-out canoes called mokoros. These shallow canoes are powered by a “driver” at the front who propels the boat forward using a long stick, which is dug into the ground below the murky water.
Seeing the Okavango Delta by mokoro is one of the most intimate and authentic ways to experience this unique area while on safari.