Okavango Delta

Go where you feel the most alive

The Okavango Delta

The annual floods arriving in about May are the lifeblood of this UNESCO world heritage site

The floods occur at the start of the dry season (May to August) in the Kalahari Basin filling up the waterways and lagoons before being soaked up over the next few months by the sandy floodplains.

In some parts of the Delta they only offer "wet activities" such as boat safaris, mokoro (canoe) safaris, fishing and birdwatching.  Others offer only "dry activities" such as walks or game drives.  Some camps offer both wet and dry activities depending on the season. The migrant birds come to the area during the summer months from November to March.  This time of year is hot and wet and insects abound but there is also plenty of game action because it is the start of the birthing season for plains game.

Maun is the gateway to the Delta and has an international airport that has direct flights from Johannesburg at around 11.30am returning from Maun at around 2pm.  Maun is the "tourism capital" of Botswana with a good infrastructure of shops, restaurants and guesthouses 

Makgadikgadi, Nxai and Sua Pans

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Makgadikgadi, Nxai and Sua Pans

One of the largest salt flats in the world which was formerly Lake Makgadikgadi.

The Makgadikgadi Pans lie southeast of the Okavango Delta and are surrounded by the Kalahari Desert.  The largest pans are the Sua Pan and the Ntwetwe Pan.

The Sua Pan during the month of May is home to the breeding of the Greater Flamingos and Pelicans. Nata has a bird sanctuary that is well worth a visit during this time of year. There are over 150 different species of birds in this area and often in large impressive flocks particularly at the end of the rainy season when there is still water in the Sua Pan. 

The Nxai Pans in the Nxai Pan National Park are also a wonderful destination with flat open grasslands but with well spaced, private campsites under shady trees and a variety of game. The campsites are natural and have no facilities.  There are an abundance of zebra and wilderbeest particularly when there has been plentiful rainfall.  Large herds of giraffe and a number of elephant browse in the acacia and mopane thickets surrounding the grasslands.  In the winter months the herds disperse and game viewing is more limited.

The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is just south of Nxai Pans across the Nata to Maun tarred road.  Makgadikgadi means "vast and lifeless" and with is seemingly endless salt pans forms a surreal landscape.  Like the Central Kalahari Game Reserve this area has very little infrastructure and all water and firewood have to be taken in to the Park with you on your visit.

Chobe River and National Park

Wherever you go, go with all your heart

Chobe River 

Life giving river on the northern border of Botswana 

The Chobe River attracts a huge  density of game, including large herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as hippos and crocodiles.

 

The birdlife is spectacular, particularly in the wetter summer months.

 

The river banks with its sweet grass attract  antelope such as red lechwe and puku to the water’s edge. 

 

The Chobe River is incredibly tranquil and cruising on a houseboat or bobbing around fishing on a tender is an experience not to be missed.

The Chobe National Park is busy, a much higher density of tourism than elsewhere in Botswana but the crowds are fairly well managed in the Park.

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Wild, untamed, desolate wilderness that will capture your heart and change you forever

Probably the most remote place in Southern Afiica, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve or CKGR is vast, flat salt pans that are grasslands after the rains.  For photographers the light is quite remarkable and the starkness of the terrain awe inspiring.With the naked eye the environment can seem devoid of life but through the lens of a good pair of binnoculars the place comes alive.

Home to the epic black maned Kalahari lion, the desert adapted elephant and the elusive leopard andcheetah the most commonly seen game are gemsbok, springbok, kori bustards, ground squirrel, bat eared foxes, black backed jackal, diurnal honey badgers, giraffe and a wide range of raptors.

 

Sua Pan

May 2019