There is a place in Africa where the rules of nature are somewhat different to those in other parts of the continent. It is a place that rolls with the seasons of the wilderness but at the same time moving to its own rules. It is a place where the waters arrive on the scarred earth well into the dry season and it is a place where lions hunt elephants and hyenas are great hunters.
It is a place where a desert is decorated with rivers and deltas, a place called Botswana. Fifteen years of guiding and managing lodges in the wilderness areas of Botswana has left a deep impression and a burning passion for the place in my soul.
Being privileged to have travelled in many other parts of the continent, each with their own attractions, I can say with a great deal of certainty that Botswana is truly one of the gems in the African safari travel industry.
An African safari is the lifelong dream of many people around the world and to spend a night under the stars, surrounded by the sounds and scents of the wilderness, is a priceless privilege. Even in the up-market lodges in Botswana the focus is on the natural world and the constructions are all of natural materials.
On a Botswana safari the campfire is still an integral part of the experience, and it is an experience where the sounds of the wilderness can be heard, and the rhythm of the earth still be felt in your feet.
Botswana is a safari destination with a range of differing eco-systems, from arid but life-giving deserts, to lush deltas and grasslands. Northern Botswana is generally considered the prime tourist region with places such as Chobe, Linyanti and Moremi adding to the dramatic attractions of the Okavango Delta, but the central region of the country provides the visitor with an insight into the true Kalahari, where animals have adapted to the harsh environment.
Any safari to Botswana will provide unforgettable memories of wide open spaces and incredible wildlife interactions, adding to the pristine environment and fascinating landscapes.
by Leigh Kemp