Experience Botswana’s natural wonder on foot or in a 4-wheel drive? Staying in a mobile camp or a Lodge?
We asked our friend Nadja, who has spent lots of time in Botswana, to give us her opinion on this very important question……
“Having done both – a walking safari with mobile camping and a 4-wheel drive safari staying in a permanent lodge – I’d thoroughly recommend doing both. However, if you have limited time then perhaps the below information will help with your decision.”
“Walking safaris, staying in mobile camps, are exhilarating and allow you to feel part of the environment. They generally involve fewer encounters with game, and at a greater distance (due to the smell and noise we unintentionally generate) however when they occur, they are phenomenal.”
“During a walking safari, I came across a pack of 22 wild dogs! They just ambled past us, clearly on a mission, gently growling to let us know we were to stay put and come no closer. Seeing them this close, standing on the same turf as they were, is something I will never forget. ”
“Just as I will also never forget almost bumping into a hyena (literally) as I came around the side of a termite hill, we both stopped in our tracks, before heading in different directions – a bit like passing someone in the hallway and dodging from one side to the other.”
“On the other hand, driven safaris from a Lodge offer the opportunity to learn a huge amount. I found that the vehicles provided cover, which not only protected us from the elements but also allowed us to approach some of the wildlife without being intrusive or even noticed! This meant we could observe the wildlife closer, for longer and without potential danger.”
“The social aspect in the evenings and tales around the campfire were fascinating and fun. And of course, curling up in a real bed for a good night’s sleep, before an early morning game drive, is pretty special!”
Thanks for your help Nadja. It’s clear that whether you choose to be at one with nature or reward yourself with a little luxury on your Botswana safari, your time in the Okavango is a trip you’ll never forget.