The safari is surely one of the most interesting experiences in life and not everyone will be able to live it. But mark my words: it is worth it!
After spending four months in Botswana, I managed to organise a safari in the famous Chobe National Park. Definitely the Okavango Delta is the most famous attraction of Botswana and I would not disagree but the Chobe National Park is equal in beauty and it is full of the wild life.
Tip: You can access the Kasane area via road, it takes about 6 hours drive from Gaborone and you will need to use a 4×4 vehicle, or by air with Air Botswana. The flight takes about 2 hours.
We started our tour with a river safari. The river is the natural boarder between Botswana and Namibia. It is magnificent to see two countries, separated by a wide river. Our driver was experienced and he was explaining all the kind of details. There are several animals living inside and around of this river such as hippos, crocodiles, impalas, buffalos, elephants as well as all kind of birds.
The river tour takes about 3 hours and the waters are very dangerous. Luckily the guides really know how close they can go to the animals and they are really careful.
Tip: The best season to have a safari in Botswana is from May to October – before the raining season
The following day we woke up 5am to start the real safari inside the National Park. The guide told us, that early morning is the best time to see the predators in action! The tour started at 5:30 and lasted until 11am. It was an amazing experience although we were not able to see the Lions.. This is what happens in the wild.. you have to be lucky; you do not have a date with the animals.
However, we saw a family of elephants, we saw the african buffalos, we saw lots of impalas, many wild boars, hawks, the african wild cat, wild rabbits and baboons. I have to admit, the most friendly animals are the elephants and the giraffes!
Tip: The are is not Malaria free. The visitor is advised to use the anti mosquito spray called, peaceful sleep , on the body and on the clothes.
At the same day, we had also a night safari; started at 10pm for only an hour! It is a bit scary because the night in the park is really dark and the driver is looking for the eyes of the animals. Despite that, I would definitely recommend it as it is a very special experience.
On the last day, we decided to visit one of the village. The people in the villages in Kasane are really poor. Although they have a school, not all children are attending the classes. The life for the people is harsh. That is why, we decided to buy books, colouring pencils and cookies for the children of the village. The amount we spent was very small, but we felt we contributed a little to these children. When you are around them, you feel you are not doing enough for them; but no matter how small is the contribution it is worth it !
*Tip: Gather a small amount and buy something for the kids; clothes, shoes, food or school supplies are always welcome.
#1: Buy fake hair and do some braids on your head! It is really comfortable when you are in the wild because it can last up to a week and you do not need to worry on washing them!
#2: Always wear hats and long-sleeves! Try to cover as much of your body as possible.
Some more pictures!
*all photos taken by me