There was not a single day in the last year which was spent with desperate prayers to see the end of the year 2020. Never before were we so eager to see the New Year begin and hope for the better days to start. Yes, that was the sheer level of hopelessness of staying confined in our houses during the pandemic. And it must have hit the avid travellers the hardest. To be denied of the pleasure of embarking on a journey of adventure and species spotting in safari tour is no less than a painful agony.
As luxury tour operators in Gurgaon, we are more than pleased to inform that Botswana’s borders have open up to international travellers. This means that the true luxury is well within the rich as you get close to the private wilderness amidst the birdlife, game and predators. So it is time you donned your safari hats and started exploring places like Mombo, Vumbura Plains, Jao, King’s Pool, Qorokwe, Jacana and Kalahari Plains.
The Kalahari Desert needs no introduction. It is part of the world’s largest unbroken expanse of sand. Much of this piece of land is what Botswana is majorly made of. However, we advised not to get swayed by the usual sites. There is a whole lot more to explore in places like the Okavango Delta, a wondrous wetland that receives its waters from rain falling a thousand kilometres away, sustaining a huge diversity of fauna and flora. As you tread your way to the north-east of the country, you would find it worthwhile to visit the Chobe and Linyanti reserves which are known to be the habitat of predators. Once you move down South, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is sure to wow you. As one of the biggest protected areas in Africa, its diverse arid-adapted wildlife and starkly scenic landscapes offering an amazing contrast to the rest of the country.
The safari tour of Botswana is largely highlighted by the country’s verdant Okavango Delta juxtaposed with the rugged Kalahari Desert. The rugged area is house to the savannah animals like wild dog and cheetah. Then there are species most exclusive to this desert belt like meerkat and the majestic black-maned Kalahari lion, one of the biggest subspecies of lion. Next stop: a secluded jewel in the Khwai River area, a year-round home to spotted hyenas, big cats, wild dogs, buffalo, hippo and elephant. Spend two memorable nights sleeping out in the wilderness in a sky bed – an elevated platform overlooking a waterhole; it is a truly unique Botswana safari experience. If you want the experience to be a little tranquil at the final leg, the tented camp overlooking the Delta’s green floodplains, rich with elephant, buffalo, and rare sable antelope is what you will love to be around with.
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