Date of stay: June 2011
Where you stayed: Chobe National Park, Maun, and Okavango Delta
Tour or pre planned: Preplanned tour with Kumuka Tours
Botswana is definitely a country unique in its own self, housing a mix of wonderful nature and wildlife to the hustle and bustle of a typical African city in Maun. A country on the rise with a developing economy, we spent a total of 5 nights in Botswana, with every day being spectacular than the last.
Our excursion began with a full day in Chobe National park (a must see as a tourist) not only does this park have the worlds largest concentration of elephants, it is home to a vast array of wildlife from monitor lizards to Nile crocs. The mode of transport was open 4x4’s which made the experience all the better.
We did a morning game drive (3hrs) and an afternoon boat cruise on the river. The cruise was especially good for seeing all the aquatic animals that are not normally seen during the game drive. Both the boat cruise and the game drive gave us great game viewing opportunities in one of the largest parks in southern Africa.
Maun our base for the remainder of the trip in Botswana was a city always on the go, definitely not what I was expecting as it’s far more developed than I thought, here there was everything we needed including Nando’s fast food, access to internet cafes and ATM’s. The national currency is Pula but USD are also accepted, it seemed a lot easier to pay in Pula’s because the conversion rates for USD were at times a lot lower than the official rates. Safety was not an issue and everyone seemed very friendly, the locals were all very inquisitive of tourists and often were keen to barter their goods for sale with our own belongings rather than money.
The Okavango delta has to have been the highlight of Botswana and again is a must for a tourist. The delta is the largest inland one of its kind on this planet.
Our tour included a 2 night stay in the delta which was an amazing experience, the locals took us through the delta encompassing thick marshland almost something out of a movie, mode of transport are Makoro’s thin wooden canoes which are driven by locals using large wooden poles for balance, scary at first but nonetheless exhilarating. A helpful tip would be to take plenty of covered clothing and a mosquito head net as these were invaluable. This experience took us into the heart of the bush, so remember plenty of toilet paper and warm clothing.
For those of you who have a slightly larger budget a 30 minute flight over the delta is an optional activity to consider, this will set u back $130 USD and is well worth it to see its vast size and wildlife, with some great photo opportunities.
All in all Botswana is a very unique experience with loads of wildlife and nature on offer, the delta is an absolute must for visitors however for those not into the camping or bush experience be careful as at times it can be a bit rough! A safe place with friendly people.
I would recommend Botswana as a destination to visit if you are going to Southern Africa. If you have any questions please comment below.
Would you recommend your tour: Yes – Kumuka tours
Would you recommend your hotel/hostel: N/A – tour accommodation, camping
Overall rating: 4 out of 5