This story originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of Elite Traveler.
In Botswana it’s easy to feel a connection to the land, from flying over the plains with the shadow of your plane on its surface to watching the lowering sun cast a golden light across long yellow grass at dusk, and falling asleep each night to the sound of insects chirping, frogs croaking and a distant lion roaring. This is a country that takes your breath away. While much of Botswana is taken up by the Kalahari, the Okavango Delta lies amid this immense desert, with water flowing in from central Africa to create an environment like no other. This extraordinary setting is home to a great diversity of wildlife that has adapted to this unique landscape, making it one of the richest and most varied habitats in all of Africa, placing the delta and its surrounding land among the world’s most outstanding nature destinations.
Wilderness Safaris now has camps across southern and east Africa, but it was in Botswana’s Okavango Delta that the safari specialist’s journey began back in 1983, arguably making this land its true home. What set Wilderness apart from the very beginning was its firm belief in making a meaningful contribution to the wildlife and local people. The company has since gone from strength to strength, proving its commitment to conservation and community initiatives while providing guests with an unforgettable experience. We recommend visiting in Botswana’s winter months as the water recedes leaving lush grass for antelope to graze on, or in the summer months when herds of animals cross the waterways, water birds thrive and predators follow their prey.
From $9,450 per person for a six-night Botswana safari with Travel Sommelier, staying at Wilderness Safaris’ Jao Camp,Vumbura Plains and DumaTau Camp, including light aircraft and safari activities. Contact Darren Humphreys, founder of Travel Sommelier, firstname.lastname@example.org, +1 781 934 6752, travelsommelier.com, wilderness-safaris.com