African Travel, Inc.Platinum Botswana
Discover a front row seat to nature’s theatre at luxury tented camps that draw on decades of safari heritage. For real adventure in unreal style, this ultra-lux African safari is made for those for whom attention to detail matters, privacy is paramount, and style and sustainability perfectly intersects. Book now and receive an additional complimentary night at Xigera Safari Lodge and Zarafa Camp, for travel between January - April 31, 2023. Solo travelers will enjoy no single supplements.
Explore the Selinda Reserve, one of Botswana’s most prolific wildlife areas boasting staggering wildlife populations year-round. Home to leopard, lion, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, red lechwe, zebra and giraffe, it is also a refuge for some of the more uncommon species such as African wild dog, roan and sable.Discover the Makgadikgadi Pans, a landscape of space and otherworldly vistas in search of unique desert wildlife. Enjoy a blockbuster of activities including quad biking, bushman walks, traditional game drives and meerkat encounters.Experience exclusive, unrivaled flexibility at Xigera Safari Lodge in the heart of the incredible Okavango Delta, with no set times, no itineraries, just the unique chance of exploring the bush at a personalized pace.
1. THE SAXON, South Africa, Johannesburg
2. JACK'S CAMP, Botswana, Makgadikgadi Pans
3. ZARAFA CAMP, Botswana, Selinda Reserve
4. XIGERA SAFARI LODGE, Botswana, Okavango Delta
JohannesburgJohannesburg's contrasts are some of the most extreme in the world; poverty-stricken and overcrowded Alexandra is surrounded by some of the richest suburbs in South Africa, and downtown hundreds of homeless struggle to survive around the Stock Exchange. The contrast between suburb and township is mirrored nationwide, but is more extreme here because of the intense wealth of many of the suburbs, and the sheer size of the townships and their satellite squatter camps. Yet the city as a whole continues to suck in people and skills from all over the country, making it the financial, commercial and cultural powerhouse of South Africa.
The barren landscape of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in Botswana attracts adventurous nature lovers. The salt pans, about 310 mi/500 km north of Gaborone, are among the largest in the world, covering 2,500 sq mi/6,500 sq km between Francistown and the Okavango Delta.
Bird-watchers interested in unusual habitats are the best candidates for a trip to Makgadikgadi. Game lovers might see zebra, springbok, gemsbok and other animals (primarily in February and March), but there are much better places in Botswana to watch animals. And, in reality, most of the birds seen there are the same species that can be viewed more conveniently in the Okavango Delta (though the flocks of flamingos and pelicans tend to be larger on the pans).
The main attraction of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans is the atmosphere: The bleached landscape, the dead-flat terrain, the few bloated baobab trees and the multitude of mirages provide a kind of otherworldly experience. Quad biking (using four-wheel-drive all-terrain vehicles) across the cracked and dried pans is a popular adventure activity, and most guides can arrange it.
Kubu Island is especially eerie, as the vistas of salt flats extend to the horizon. Large baobab trees dot the island, which at the north end looks much like a ship's prow. A circular stone wall and about 70 small stone cairns can be seen at the south end of the island. Some archaeologists believe this enclosure was used as an initiation site by 14th-century Zimbabwe peoples.
If you visit Kubu Island, which can only be reached by four-wheel-drive vehicles, be very careful of the salt. When wet, it is so soft that it can literally swallow a vehicle down to the wheel wells in a few seconds.
Several typical Zimbabwe ruins are situated around the east and southern edges of the salt pan. Consumption of the salt on the pan is not advisable because it can cause diarrhea.
Joining a professional mobile safari is the safest way to explore the pans, and there are plenty of camp sites.
Okavango DeltaThe Okavango delta is one of the world’s largest inland water systems. It's headwaters start in Angola’s western highlands, with numerous tributaries joining to form the Cubango river, which then flows through Namibia (called the Kavango) and finally enters Botswana, where it is then called the Okavango. It is a unique ecosystem with large populations of African mammals, birds, and other animals and is one of the last totally unspoiled areas in Africa. This destination is perfect for camping, picture taking, walking safaris, and mokoro (canoe) excursions.
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