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Botswana - much larger than Poland, inhabited by only two million people. The North is one huge nature reserve with the largest national parks - Makgadikgadi, Kalahari, Moremi (Okavango Delta) and Chobe. The variety of landscapes and the richness of animals rarely found elsewhere in Africa. And for dessert, the king of waterfalls - Victoria Falls.
Proven program of a trip to Botswana - prepared to spend as much time as possible among the wildlife.
We will spend a few days in the Okavango Delta. Away from civilization, we will devote this time to one thing - animal observation. We are not limited by time and the animals will certainly be there.
One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and Okavango's neighbor on the UNESCO list. The Zambezi, almost two kilometers wide, drops to 100 meters! We will see them from the air, water and two shores - from Zimbabwe and Zambia.
The Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta. It owes its fame to the unique wealth of animals living in its area. We will go deep in traditional mokoro boats and spend the night on one of the Delta islands.
At Khama Rhino Sanctuary, efforts are underway to rebuild the rhino population of Botswana. You will go on a safari here and look for these big animals.
The largest elephant population in the world lives here - 120,000. A national park that stretches along the banks of the Chobe River, teeming with a wealth of animal and plant species. A must-see on every visit to Botswana. We will spend two days here on safari!
The bottom of a huge, salty lake, unfriendly to people until today, and the island of Kubu with thousand-year-old baobabs. For two days we will escape the embrace of civilization into a landscape entirely from another planet. A great 4x4 adventure!
During a cruise on the Chobe River, you can admire not only their grace on land, but also their unique swimming skills. There will also be other animals going out to the watering hole and lots of impressions.
In Botswana, on a safari, look out for the Big Five of Africa. It is not easy, because there are few rhinoceros and leopards can hide well. But with any luck, we'll see them all: the lion, the leopard, the buffalo, the elephant, and the rhino.
One hour of flight over the delta, at low altitude, allows you to fully appreciate its enormity (up to 16,000 km2) and unique beauty. Thousands of small islands between which herds of animals roam.
The only chance to go on a walking safari with a local guide. The ground will tremble under your feet as you scare away the wildebeest and the zebras watch. A completely different experience than during a safari in the car.
You will get to know Botswana from the closest possible distance. By off-road car you will reach its most inaccessible corners. Accommodation - at campsites in national parks.
Reserve this day for a flight to Johannesburg. The expedition begins the next day.
In the morning, a meeting of participants at the airport in Johannesburg - the beginning of the trip. Car pickup. We cross the border of Botswana and reach the Mokolodi National Park, located on the outskirts of Gaborone. The first night in the bush.
We get up with the sun. Morning hot shower overlooking the bush. It's really a highlight, you'll see for yourself. Stock purchases in Gaborone, then cross the Tropic of Capricorn. Photo obligatory. In the afternoon we arrive at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. Overnight at the campsite.
Morning Safari - at dawn we will watch the birds in the watch room and then we will go to meet the rhinoceros. Then go. After approx. 2 hours, we refuel the cars with fuel and water - before entering the wilderness and off-road. We replenish food supplies for min. 3 days. Behind the village of Mmatsushumo, we enter the area of the former Makgadikgadi salt lake. Goal of the day - Kubu Island. Today a hill, once an island on a lake. The first big baobabs are tearing from your breasts, ooh-aah. Sunset is a must - a beautiful golden hour for photographers. Dinner and overnight at the campsite.
Breakfast and we start a new adventure - a cross-country crossing through Makgadikgadi. There will probably be African ostriches. We get to Nxai National Park. Afternoon game drive and overnight stay.
We start the day with a safari in Nxai Pans NP. Then we go to Maun. Botswana's fifth largest city and gateway to the Okavango Delta. We board the plane - a flight over the Okavango Delta. After the flight, we stock up on food for the next few days. Overnight at a campsite near Maun. Tomorrow, a new adventure awaits us - kayaking on the Okavango on a mokoro.
Wczesna pobudka, szybkie śniadanie i o 7.30 ruszamy na nową, dwudniową przygodę. Na przystani pakujemy do łódek sprzęt (wypożyczone namioty i inne), zapas jedzenia i wody na dwa dni. Mokoro to tradycyjna, płaskodenna łódka w Delcie Okawango, swojsko zwana też dłubanką, albowiem powstaje przez odpowiednią obróbkę prostego pnia drzewa.
Płyniemy do sektora NG32 - południowo wschodniego rejonu delty Okawango. Do miejsca docelowego przybijamy około pory obiadowej. Przygotowujemy obiad, rozbijamy obóz i chwila odpoczynku. Po południu miejscowy przewodnik poprowadzi pieszą wycieczkę po okolicy - kolejna szansa na podglądanie zwierząt. Wieczorem kolacja, ognisko i do namiotów.
We start the day with sunrise. Then breakfast and we're on our way back. We reach Maun around 1 p.m. Lunch, food shopping and we head towards Moremi National Park. Overnight at Moremi South Gate campsite.
We are going to the camp on the bank of the Okavango. But slowly, calmly watching what the park has to offer. Lagoons, viewpoints at waterholes. Until then. BIG FIVE - the Big Five of Africa, i.e. the greatest animals of this continent - the African elephant, the black rhino, the African buffalo, the lion and the leopard. There are also those who are wronged not belonging to this elite: giraffes, zebras, antelopes (including wildebeest), jackals and others. We will visit the lagoons with viewpoints to reach Xakanaxa Camp - our accommodation in the late afternoon. Dinner, bed, but you probably won't fall asleep, because watching a hippo visiting our camp at night is a great treat.
We get up in the morning, rubbing our sleepy eyes with kulaks. But we want more. More will come after breakfast. Goal of the day: Khwai / Magotho Campsite. The road leads through the nooks and crannies of Moremi. Your watched list of animal species should get rich this day. We will stop often, spend long moments in silence, staring at the life around the waterholes.
We are already leaving Moremi Park and entering another flagship national park of Botswana - Chobe National Park, known as the "land of giants". Giants because 120,000 elephants live here (out of 130,000 elephants in living Botswana). The day will pass quickly and will be full of excitement. Overnight at Savuti camp. Dinner. Perhaps the elephants will come to visit.
We're going to explore Savuti Plains in Chobe National Park. We do not pay attention to elephants anymore. The elephant ooh-ahs were common. If we need someone to complete the Big Five - there is a chance that we will find him in Chobe. We arrive at Ihaha Campsite. The camp is located on a slope on the Chobe River, with a sensational view of the river and Namibia on the other bank.
Morning on the Chobe River. We will go to Kasane along the river road. We return our cars to Kasane. A cruise on the Chobe River - the waters of the river are full of hippos, crocodiles, elephants will probably appear, eager to cool off in the water. And an amazing wealth of birds. In the afternoon the minibus will take us to Victoria Falls. We check in at the hotel. If it's still light - it's time to fly over Victoria Falls (optional). Overnight stay at a hotel.
We spend the whole day watching Victoria Falls. Step One - Victoria Falls National Park and part of the Falls on the Zimbabwe side. Then walk across the Livingstone Bridge and visit the Zambian side of the waterfall - in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, which is Zambia's smallest national park. Overnight stay at a hotel.
It is impossible to convey the mood of a great adventure - a safari in Botswana. But at least you will see micro snippets of the unique atmosphere and tons of events every day.
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