Our Delta to Desert journey began with an easy flight from Harare to Victoria Falls, which is fast expanding as a major hub in the southern and central African region, as it is perfectly placed for an adventurous stopover to South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique and Namibia. With direct flights onwards to and from Cape Town, also, Vic Falls just gets more and more attractive.
From vibey Vic Falls, we crossed the border by road into Kasane, an easy transfer, where we then took off in a light aircraft to Great Plains Conservation’s Selinda Explorers Camp in the heart of the private 320,000-acre Selinda Reserve Just four tents next to a winding water channel, Selinda Explorers was a dream first stop, easing us into safari mode in unexpectedly cool weather and the warmest hospitality. Our guide took such delight in our own and showed us the best of his bush home, with fantastic elephant interactions and bird sightings.
The Kavango River, which flows southwards from Angola into Botswana to become the Okavango and then one of the world’s most miraculous natural ecosystems, spreads its cooling fingers through the hot Kalahari sands. Along the way it fills the grooves and pushes along the channels formed by hippos and elephants on their trodden paths to water. From the air, (Laura managed to work out her “light aircraft issues”!) it’s a spectacular navy and lime green panorama that spreads out before you, dazzling in its vast vividness. On some of the shorter air transfers, you can see elephants, giraffes, buffalos, antelope and hippos. An “air safari”! How awesome.
From Selinda, we flew southwards to Maun, a dusty town on the edge of the Kalahari Desert and the main hub for most Botswana safaris. We were so excited for our next adventure… (Read more about our incredible trip here)
Thank you to the following safari friends and suppliers, who hosted and transported us in great comfort and style!