|Botswana, Africa. Half-collared Kingfisher|
First, it ran at an unusual time of the year. Whereas one usually goes on safari in the local dry season (for reasons that will become apparent), this trip was aimed to coincide with the end of a wet season and I was curious to see how the African landscapes would look then. Second, in comparison to many other commercial safaris, this had an unusually diverse and interesting itinerary. Rather than visiting just one or two areas, this included 4-5 distinct (sometimes very distinct) habitats. These included the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Savuti Channel and Chobe River. But perhaps most notably, it included the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, which I was particularly anxious to see and which essentially can only be visited in the wet season.
In that and other respects, the trip might be described as a luxury camping tour. For the most part, we lived comfortably (e.g., hot showers on demand, amazing food from an extremely simple “kitchen”) in a tented camp, but one that moved from area to area with us. The only exception to this was our stop in the Okavango Delta, where we got in and out by small plane and/or boat, and so could not bring with us the truck that gave our mobile camp its mobility.
|Wild dogs, Kalahari|