Our MD just completed a two week educational trip through Botswana to seek out the very best, inspect multiple camps and go on mobile safari with perhaps the best safari guide in the Botswana business. Find out more about his Botswana odyssey here.
Jonathon had the good fortune of being invited to explore Botswana’s untouched natural wonders and experience the thrill of intimate wildlife encounters at some of the most luxuriously rustic camps in the Okavango Delta, Linyanti, Moremi and Makgadikadi. From meerkats on his head, sand in his eye from quad biking across the pans to boating and fly camping in the Delta, he whiled away the hours and made his own safari dream come true… exploring the best regions with the best guides in Botswana.
CEO of Botswana Tourism Organisation said this ‘Botswana is rightly regarded as one of the best countries on the planet to experience the real life adventures of the animal world. Our vast network of unfenced national parks and reserves is so extensive that numerous less travelled destinations exist within the better known and more popular protected areas. In a world that continues to become more populated, developed, crowded and busy, travel to the last remaining wild places on Earth is more and more appealing.’
So what vastness of unknown wilderness did Jonathon explore?
Moremi Game Reserve – a protected area designated as a game reserve by the wife of Chief Moremi in 1963. Situated in the eastern reaches of the Okavango with prolific game viewing and exhilirating terrain.
Where to stay – There are camps in this reserve, however Jonathon went mobile on the Delta and Pans safari. The experience was nothing short of lifechanging, learning so much about the small things of the bush plus of course witnessing wildlife up close and personal.
Makgadikgadi / Nxai Pans National Park – this huge salt pan is visible from space, the remnants of the super lake that dried up thousands of years ago leaving crystallie salts glittering on the pans. A chance to experience the sheer scale and vastness of the Kalahari
Where to stay – Again, you can stay in camps and here Jonathon experienced luxury at its barefoot best, San Camp. It is one of those spiritual places with a view out to the never-never of the pans, where colours bounce and change as the day progresses, casting light and shadows and creating mystery of what lay ahead. There is also Jack’s Camp, the original of the Unchartered Africa camps named after the father of Ralph Bousfield, the guide Jonathon spent his time with here and in the Delta.