I hate to admit it, but Botswana was not the country I was planning to see on my African Holiday. South Africa was the place on my bucket list. However the tour I chose included activities in Botswana. Although I was not complaining, it was not where I planned to go. I am happy to say that I was so wrong. The tour in Botswana lasted about six days, but I could have spent much more time in the country. My favorite part of Botswana was the Okavango Delta. If you are planning a trip to Africa and Botswana is not on your list, you may change your mind.
Preparing for the Okavango Delta
Although the Okavango Delta was my favorite part, I needed to get myself ready for the living conditions for the next threee days and two nights without plumbing. That’s right, no flushing toilets, no showers, no sinks. The beautiful scenery of delta by far outweighed the lack of plumbing.
Believe it or not, the tents were comfortable. I would wake up in the morning to the sounds of lions roaring from a distance. Now how’s that for an alarm clock! A few days later, there was a big thunderstorm at the rhino sanctuary, and not a drop of rain entered the tent.
Mokoros and the safari experience
The sunset mokoro ride was by one of my favorite experiences. What is a mokoro you ask? Mokoros are small boats currently made of fiberglass and are driven by polers. A poler is a man or a woman that uses a pole into the shallow delta to thrust the mokoro forward. Click the link below for a video of the experience.
Polers make poling look easy, but our guide let me try maneuvering the mokoro. I did not tip us over, but I could not steer us in a straight line. Driving the mokoro was hard work, and we received a few laughs from others on the delta. We spent about two hours in the mokoro to get to our camp. Following my experience , I have great respect for the strength and knowledge of the polers .
While on our walking safaris, Gift was our guide. On our sunset walk, we had a lot of questions and he had a lot of answers. For our morning safari walk, we were quiet to increase our chances of seeing wildlife. Below are some of the experiences including a short video of zebras.
Have you been to Botswana? Do you have any tips, or would you like to share your experience? Are heading to Botswana? Be sure to drop me an email or comment if you need any tips or advice: firstname.lastname@example.org