“Mokoros” – canoes made by digging out the trunk of a large straight tree, are the best way to enjoy the Okavango River‘s delta in Botswana. Spreading out in the lowlands the river forms the largest internal delta on the planet in the heart of the Kalahari Desert.
Its branches and feeders are home for over 400 spices of birds and countless herds of wild animals. The untouched wilderness and the spirit of Africa attract safari lovers from all over the world to Botswana.
Safari (Swahili for “go”) is the best way to explore these lands. Tracking and hunting for African leopard, water buffalo, African elephant etc. cost couple of thousands of USD per day. The license to kill particular animal adds few more. On top of this if the hunter wants to keep the shot animal another fee triples the amount. Spectators’ fees are “only” 200-300USD per day.
Kalahari Desert looks more like a lovely green landscape – sand dunes among tall grasses and low shrubs. Acacia and Baobab trees are scatter around along with groves of the rare tree Marula.
Chobe National Park covers 11,000km2 offering amazing diversity of live forms and species. The most popular among tourists is the jeep safari along the shores revealing all the species in their natural habitat. Over 70 000 elephants live in the preserve in huge herds of over 500.
Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pan national parks actually merge into one. Makgadikgadi covering total of 4000km2 is an area of major salt valleys, fields and beautiful savanna. It is most interesting in the rainy season when huge herds of ruminant animals migrate. Nxai Pan to the south is the land of the baobab trees found in the 1862 works of Thomas Baines, a member of Livingston’s expedition.