On Foot Through Botswana
Walking Safari Through Iconic Botswana Reserves
This 6 night walking safari takes you on foot through two of Botswana’s iconic wildlife reserves – the Selinda and the Okavango Delta.
You will walk through the lush wetlands of the delta and then onto the endless mopane woodlands of the Selinda Reserve, home to thousands of elephants.
The Selinda Reserve, close to the Namibian border, is one of Botswana’s finest wildlife areas and the Okavango Delta needs no introduction.
A walking safari can be high on adrenalin but it is about more than your close encounters with the wildlife.
On Foot Through Botswana
6 night Botswana walking safari
Day 1: Okavango Delta
Maun is known as the gateway to the Okavango Delta, recently listed as the 1000th World Heritage Site. Only a short drive to the north of this frontier town are the waters of this wondrous world covering an area of more than 18,000sq. km during the high floods.
Thousands of palm fringed islands are surrounded by seasonal floodplains. Elephants cross these floodplains leaving clear paths for us to follow as we explore on foot this stunningly beautiful area on foot from our private camp.
When the flood waters have receded we too can walk from island to island but at times of flooding we will use the Bayei’s traditional way of traversing the Delta – a mokoro (dug out canoe) – so keeping the islands accessible to us.
Our temporary camp is simple but extremely comfortable sited on the edge of an island overlooking a river channel with the grunting of hippos and tinkling of reed frogs providing a nightly chorus.
On arrival this afternoon there will be time for a safety briefing and a short evening walk.
Day 3: Follow Game on Foot
Today we have the freedom to head in any direction that takes our fancy.
On safari it is important to be flexible and to allow your days to be dictated by the movement of the game rather than the time.
Perhaps we will have heard the sawing rasp of a leopard at night and we may spend the morning searching for this most elusive of cats. Or head to the nearby hippo pools to sit quietly and be entertained by their constant antics.
Back in camp after dark the incredible night sky will light up our camp fire stories.
Day 5: Walking & Canoe Safari
The sounds of the night will almost certainly decide for us the direction we take!
The Selinda Reserve is home to over 12,000 elephants during the dry season attracted by the water of the Spillway as well as a high predator concentration with three different packs of wild dog known to den there. And where we are at Selinda Explorers you can also find some of the more unusual antelope species for Botswana – the magnificent sable and the rare roan.
During the heat of the day we will siesta in camp before heading out again in the late afternoon as the day starts to cool down.
Perhaps we will opt to jump in a canoe and paddle downstream passing a rich tapestry of water birds, always on the look out for the hippos who love to call the Spillway their home.
Downstream we will find something that attracts our attention and gets us out of the canoes and back on foot. Perhaps the early call of a giant eagle owl or the alarm call of an impala herd as the day draws to an end and leopards start to move.
Day 7: Selinda Explorers Camp
Sitting still in the bush and waiting for the wildlife to come to you is the best way to safari! So this morning we may sit and enjoy the view from the camp.
And who knows what exciting things may happen – Selinda Explorers Camp has experienced many a wild dog hunt right through the camp!
This is a time to reflect on all you have seen, experienced and learnt before taking a light aircraft flight onwards to your next destination.