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Living with Elephants in the Okavango Delta

Living with Elephants. Okavango Delta. Photo by Pedro Sagüés

Living with Elephants in the Okavango Delta

Botswana is one of Africa’s top safari destinations. In fact, its national parks and game reserves protect almost half of its territory: a fenceless wilderness that allow animals to roam freely.

Botswana host different fascinating places. The best known are:

  • Chobe National Park, probably the most affordable and crowded park, known for the hundreds of hippopotamuses and crocodiles that live together on the Chobe river and its animal migrations and moving safaris. I visited it in 1998 in my way to Victoria Falls. In my oppinion it was just OK allthough many people like it.
  • Kalahari Salt Pans, absolutely magical, stunning and unforgettable huge isolated area full of treasures that I was lucky to visit in 2009 and which I have written an article in this blog. A photographers dream!
  • Okavango Delta: a unique patchwork of environments: waterways, lagoons, forest and savannah grasslands that flows in the middle of the Kalahari Desert, the largest continuous stretch of sand in the world. A fascinating source of life in a country that is 80% arid.

Okavango Delta

In this article I want to focus in the Okavango Delta that, together with Moremi Game Reserve, placed in its heart, host wonderful game and safari camps. However, most of the Okavango’s small camps lie outside Moremi, in their own private wildlife reserves. In my latest visit to this delta I stayed at Stanley’s Camp, a tiny and intimate lodge that borders the southern section of Moremi and is located in seasonal delta so the area around the camp changes with the seasons from lush green to dry savannah. The flood waters arrive in June, though there is often navigable water all year round.

The area around camp is rich with excitement: on game walks, day and nighttime drives, and mokoro excursions gliding soundlessly through the waterways allowing you to get close to the wildlife. This is one of the best places in the world for seeing buffalo in large numbers. In fact, our car was attacked by one of them. It usually never happens, but the buffalo was still scared by a previous lion attack.

Living with elephants

Finally, close to the camp you can enjoy the unique and unforgettable “Living with Elephants” experience. A learning adventure were you accompany a semi-habituated trio of elephants on daily foraging treks. An excursion that transform your understanding of elephants to a deeper and more personal level.

Other useful articles:
The best places in Namibia
The best places in Tanzania
The best Safaris in Africa
Jack’s Camp in Botswana
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Photo credits: Pedro Sagüés.

Jack’s Camp. Amazing experience in Botswana

Jack’s Camp. Amazing experience in Botswana

While on a trapping expedition in the Makgadikgadi Pans during the 60’s, Jack Bousfield stumbled upon a site that so captured his imagination, he set up camp under an acacia with the unshakeable expectation that others would feel the same.

This place is called “Jack’s Camp” and it was considered in 2009 the Best Safari Camp in Africa. Located in Makgadikgadi, one of the largest salt pans in the world, in the middle of the dry savanna of north-eastern Botswana, the camp and the salt pan are, probably, the most unbelievable places I have ever been to.

Luxurious tents with en-suite bathrooms and outdoor showers, fashioned in classical style with Persian rugs and cool cotton sheets, are set in a palm grove creating an oasis of civilization in contrast with the rugged wilderness viewed from the comfort of one’s own verandah.

There are many amazing activities to do there: meet the Meerkats (Suricate), learn from the Bushmen to hunt and make fire, ride a quad bike along the salt pan and enjoy one of the most fascinating sunsets in your life.

If you can afford it and you want to experience something absolutely different, go there. It will certainly be a major highlight in your life!

UPDATE: People ask me if there is any special equipment you should wear or bring to the bush. Although you really don’t need it, I’d recommend to take a compass with you, good boots, good photographic equipment that protects your camera from dust… I usually buy stuff in this website that has a great selection of gifts.

Jack’s Camp website
Trip organized by Patricia Gallo
Photo credits: Pedro Sagüés

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