DAYS 13 – 17: BOTSWANA
Crossing into Botswana, you will spend our first night at the village D’kar in the district of Ghanzi. In the evening you have an included visit to the Dqãe Qare Game Reserve, a community based tourism project of the San from D’Kar village, where you will go on a bush walk to learn all about the lives and culture of the San people.
You will then head for Maun, which will be your base for the 2 day / 1 night trip into the Okavango Delta. Maun is the fifth largest town in Botswana but still maintains some of its frontier town feel, with an eclectic mix of modern buildings and native huts and where local tribesman still bring their cattle to Maun to sell.
The Okavango Delta in Botswana is home to one of the world’s most fascinating eco-systems. The Delta is essentially a large swamp plain created where the Okavango River flows out into a basin on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. The river has no outlet from the desert and the water spreads out into thousands of small streams to form a maze of wetlands – a totally unique and unspoilt habitat which is home to an incredible variety of flora and fauna. The Delta is a magical wilderness of meandering clear waterways, green islands, lush plains and prolific wildlife including hippo, crocodile, elephant, and many big cats. Despite its amazing wildlife, spotting game is not always easy in the Delta, but exploring the Okavango is not just about the animals and birdlife, exploring this unique landscape is an experience in itself. You will have an included 2-day / 1 night guided safari deep into the Delta, including mokoro trips and bushwalking safaris.
From the Delta you head to one of the largest salt pans in the world, the Makgadikgadi Pans, where you have the option to take a trip out onto the pans to see the incredible scenery and go in search of meerkats!