Adventure in Botswana
Phill Steffny and I recently led two families on an expedition to Botswana – with adventure at the core of the itinerary. We spent 4 nights in the Makgadikgadi pans, quadbiking over the vast Sua and Ntwetwe pans to Kubu Island, camping for two nights on the “The island of Lost Baobabs”. Aptly named as it is jam-packed with 2000+ year old baoababs, and you’ll never find it without one of only a handful of people who can guide you there (in our case Super and Bones!). The journey took us from the desert to the delta as we mobile camped our way through Moremi Game Reserve and the Khwai concession on the northeastern tip of the Okavango Delta. We had sensational game viewing – a coalition of 3 male lions roaming the area of our camp, a pride of lions chasing off a pack of wild dogs, mating leopards and another young male leopard who sauntered past the same camp one evening. It was then on to the remote Selinda Explorers Camp in northern Botswana. There we canoed past hippo pods and up to elephant and buffalo herds drinking, walked the Selinda spillway, tracked male lions and even managed to land some delicious tilapia fish – freshly prepared for lunch! A highlight was getting the team started very early one day to spend a wonderful morning watching 9 tiny wild dog pups creating havoc at their den site. A brilliant trip filled with action and adventure and some of the iconic experiences Botswana has to offer.
Photos by Phill Stefffny and Richard Anderson