Over thousands of years ago, the Okavango River created the Okavango Valley in Botswana. The delta is one of the last remaining pieces of pristine African nature.
Plus, this UNESCO World Heritage site is home to some of the world’s larger endangered animals like African wild dog. Sitatunga, red lechwe and puku. Visit these rare animals before the species vanish from the face of the Earth is one of many worthwhile reasons to visit the Okavango Delta.
HOW TO GO
You can go to Maun, which is in the North-West of Botswana along the Thamalakane River. Then rent a car or take a bus to Sepopa, which is 3 hour 45 minutes drive away from Maun. From Seropa head north- the 51 km long road winds left, then ride another 44 km to reach Mohembo Ferry. River taxis are a daily thing to Seronga. Continue straight on A35 to reach Seronga. Those who want aerial views can go on flying safaris, by booking tours through andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge or Desert and Delta Safaris. Once you reach the Delta from Maun, then mokoros are a cute and efficient mode of transport. It is a sleek and long traditional boat used by locals to travel through the swamps.
WHEN TO GO
The swampy lands get dusty in summer, so it is a no-no. But in the rainy season of December to April Okavango experiences a greener scenery. The rains won’t bother you because they last only during afternoon. You have a whole sunny day to explore the delta. In winters of Africa, the temperatures drop to sub-zeros, pack thermals with you.
WHERE TO GO
The Kalahari Desert is a desert which seems more like a grassland than desert. It witnesses much rain which is sufficient for grasses to grow and thrive. Be a part of the oldest contemporary culture- the oldest tribe San or Bushmen, by going on bushwalks in remote islands or game viewing in marsh region.
The diverse wildlife of Makgadikgadi’s salt Pans National Park is another thing you should not miss in Okavango Delta. Another natural site is The Tsodilo Hills on shore of the Okavango Panhandle, is 6 hours away from Maun, it displays age-old rock paintings, earning a UNESCO World Heritage title.
You need to use appliance which requires battery, rather than electricity. It is more reliable because of power problems in Botswana, unlike adapter, charger or transformer. Botswana uses 230 V for domestic consumption. You need a step up transformer if your appliance is of 110 V. The sockets used D, G, M. Adapters are must for every traveler.
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January 26, 2017 9:30 am