Enjoying Botswana's wildlife and Victoria Falls

Seonaid Finlay

09 Dec 2016

Starting the African adventure

After several months organising and planning with Natural World Safaris and lots of help and information from Carina, we arrived at Livingstone airport in Zambia. We were picked up and taken to Waterberry Zambezi Lodge which is on the banks of the Zambezi River, after our introduction and being taken to our thatched cottage, we went out on a sunset cruise from just in front of the lodge. With hippos in the river and a group of elephants coming down to the river to drink and bathe, complete with some tiny, very young babies we knew we had arrived. 

We had started our African adventure.

The main purpose of our visit to Zambia was to visit The Victoria Falls which is classified as the largest waterfall in the world, we spent the next two days exploring it. We walked over The Victoria Falls Bridge and into Zimbabwe and were met by a guide and explored Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwean side.

We then had a refreshing drink at the old colonial style Victoria Falls Hotel overlooking The Victoria Falls Bridge.

We also went on a helicopter over the Falls and the surrounding area. Then over to Livingstone Island by boat from The Royal Livingstone Hotel, where we went to swim in The Devil's Pool right at the very edge of The Falls - incredible and exhilarating.

Discover Victoria Falls

After exploring Victoria Falls from all sides we were transferred to our next stop at Chobe Bakwena Lodge in Botswana on The Chobe River and our accommodation of rondavel style chalets. Very soon we were taken on our first activity, a cruise on The Chobe River. This was an immediate introduction to the herds of elephants all around us - wading through the water and coming across into Botswana from Namibia.

During our four days at Chobe exploring Chobe National Park where we saw so many amazing sights – lions: male feasting on a water buffalo, with the female lions recovering in the shade waiting their turn; a leopard resting in a tree and another ambling past our safari vehicle; many elephants and so much more.

After three nights there we went to Khwai County reserve to stay in Sango Safari Camp which I must admit was our favourite of all the places. Our accommodation was a meru tent with a veranda overlooking the Khwai River with all the animals roaming around - elephants wandering around (one even brushed past our tent in the night) hippos, crocodiles in the water… We spent many enjoyable hours gazing at it all, in the heat of the day between our safari trips.

We spent our time on the safari drives between Khwai concession and the Moremi Game Reserve. Again so many amazing sights - a leopard hunt and kill a baby lechwe and then drag it right in front of us to hide in the long grass, two packs of wild dogs which are very rare and endangered, zebras and so much more. We would always stop in our morning game drive for coffee and muffins and the afternoon to enjoy a sundowner overlooking an amazing view and watching the wildlife.

Explore Botswana's Parks

We went on a mokoro trip and celebrated 50 years of independence of Botswana with a celebration meal of local food and singing traditional songs by the staff.

We had a brilliant four days there and didn't want to leave! But we had to, and after another plane trip over the Okavango Delta to another landing strip we were to stay at Oddballs Enclave. Again, we had traditional style meru tents with a rustic ensuite bathroom - open to the stars and any passing elephant. Again here we were wakened by an elephant passing next to our tent through the night. There are no motor vehicles here so our couple of nights here consisted of walking safaris and mokoro trips.

All in all this holiday surpassed all our expectations and we are left with so many amazing memories and lots of great photos.

Botswana is a beautiful country with lovely people that grabs you by the heart so you don't want to leave, must admit we had tears in our eyes as we were leaving.

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