It is said that Botswana is the jewel of Africa and that the north of the country would be the ultimate wild Eden of the continent, the last haven of the authentic Africa where the footprint of Humankind does not yet cover that of the animals.
Situated in an arid part of the interior of meridional Africa, it borders Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabue and South Africa. It is quite a flat country, almost completely occupied by a plateau at an altitude which ranges from 700 and 1200 meters, somewhat enhancing the ruggedness of the terrain at its eastern extremity. The Kalahari desert occupies almost 70% of the surface of the country, and, to the north, the Mababe Depression is partially occupied by the Okavango Delta.
Botswana is undoubtedly a great safari destination. The wild Flora and Fauna are the queens of the wildlife spectacles which are matched only by very few countries.
With over 160 different species, among them are the famous Big Five: the lion, the leopard, the elephant, the buffalo and the rhinoceros. Its elephant population is the largest in Africa, making up ¼ of all the species in the continent. The rhinoceros, on the contrary, is seriously endangered, being it only possible to observe them in two reservations, created to protect them.
Okavango is the largest terrestrial delta in the world, covering an area of up to 15.000km2, with a fascinating and unique ecosystem. Famous for the wonders of the terrestrial delta, its silence, flora and various animals which are plentiful in the area, such as: hippopotamus, crocodiles, herds of buffalo, elephants and giraffes, as well as a great variety of antelopes and impalas, swimming lions, among many other predators.
The Okavango Delta is composed by 4 distinct areas: the eastern side, the inferior part of the Delta, the Moremi Wildlife Reserve and the enclave on the northern side of the Delta. It is at the Moremi Reserve that we will spend the day. It is one of the most beautiful reserves of Africa, with an enormous and diversified population of birds and wild animals. It covers over 3.000km2 of marshlands, islands, flooded plains, forests and dry lands. Right at the heart of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, is the stunning Xakanaxa lagoon, which supports a big variety of fish. A population of leopards and wild dogs can be seen regularly around here. Lunch (packed) will take place around the Park, and the night will be spent camping. Dinner around the fire, and the opportunity to test your culinary skills.
Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
The great plains covered in a shiny coat of salt form in the dry seasons about 5.000km2 of white surface, a bright white that hurts the eye and only seem to come alive in the short months of Austral summer, when it is covered by a few inches of water and shelters several species of aquatic birds. The rain also regenerates the plants and attracts zebras and predators from South Africa. By the end of the day, we will arrive at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary and camp for one last time and one last night of conviviality around the fire.
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