An experience that is not for the fainthearted, this is one adventure that adrenaline junkies will really enjoy. Be prepared to meet grumpy hippos, crocodiles and an array of birds while slowly gliding through the waters of the Okavango Delta.
Learn about the first people of the Kgalagadi, namely the San/Bushmen, and how they hunt and gather wild fruit. You can be part of a bushwalk trek and marvel at how they are preserving the traditions of their ancestors. Bushmen walks are offered at camps in the Makgadikgadi Pans and Nxai National Park, the Central Kgalagadi Game Reserve and the Deception Valley in the Central Kgalagadi Game Reserve.
The mighty Chobe River located in the Chobe National Game Park in Kasane and the Okavango Delta are some of the best spots for boat cruises. The best time for enjoying a boat cruise is in the afternoon. Watch the sun go down while sipping on your chosen drink, and let your imagination run wild.
If you’re looking for a safari experience different from what tour operators are offering, then try a self drive, off-road adventure. The Moremi Game Reserve, Northern Tuli Nature Game Reserve and Chobe National Game Park are just some of the spots where one can enjoy a self-drive safari. So hire a 4×4 now, and hit the road.
Botswana is a landlocked country, but that does not mean that you cannot embark on a fishing expedition if you are in the northern parts of the country. And remember, this activity is seasonal. You can fish with artificial lures or bait, or even go fly-fishing.
Try revving a motorbike in the middle of the Makgadikgadi, and be blown away by the beauty of the pans. Visit in winter, and make sure that you wear proper gear, lest you come back covered in dust. Jack’s Camp offers these rides; do exercise caution, as it is very easy to get lost in the pans.
Take a scenic flight over the delta, and marvel at the beauty of one of the natural wonders of the world. This is the opportunity of a lifetime and definitely an activity worth experiencing. A number of tour operators in Maun offer this service, but it comes at a cost, so be prepared to pay.
Come and play with one of the biggest mammals in the world, at Abu Camp in the Okavango Delta. The elephants have been groomed, and you can learn about their different traits. The elephants are friendly, and you can feed and ride them; you can even opt to spend a night at the Star Deck, and sleep with the elephants.
If you are looking for something to test your endurance, be part of the Y Care Charitable Trust Walks. The walks take place over the Makgadikgadi Salt pans, and are no piece of cake. They are gruelling and will test your limits. You can opt for either the day or the night walk, and give back to the less fortunate.
Horseback safaris are one of the best ways to explore the length and breadth of Botswana. They are very popular among tourists who are looking for an activity that gives them something totally different from a normal safari tour. Riders can enjoy these activities at various places in the country, including Northern Tuli Game Reserve, Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi.