September 15, 2010

Enter the Home of the Okavango Delta, Botswana

We enter the home of the Okavango Delta, Botswana. We must not forget there are Island lodges on the Caprivi and surrounds that offer a welcome oasis of 5 star luxuries along the way.

Before I go ahead and tell you about the infamous Okavango delta, and the Tuli Block I would suggest that Botswana be considered as a Honeymoon destination or a venue for a wedding blessing. Legal weddings are of course possible but in the main towns and these will likely be some distance from your venue of choice.

Tuli Block is in the Eastern part of Botswana and it lies between the Limpopo and the Shashe rivers. You can find some of Africa’s most stunning private game reserves in this area. There is an abundance of wildlife, which roams within this combination of open plains, jagged hills and Mopane woodland.

The best time to visit the Delta is in April/May/August & September which is when the climate is at its best. However bird lovers should visit between October and January when the migrants from the Northern hemisphere arrive at the Delta. Access to the Delta is usually by safari boat or light aircraft from Maun or Kasane, but there are guides who do self drive guided safaris from South Africa.

The AA guide places to visit in Southern Africa – describes the delta as follows and I quote it, as I cannot capture it in better words than these – “The huge Okavango delta is a natural fairyland of a thousand islands in a thousand streams, born of great rivers determination to reach the sea”. (Page 408)

The Okavango delta is the finest wetland with over 1000 plant species.

And is the perfect destination for bird lovers and sporting anglers. Tiger fish and Bream are among those on the top of the list by Anglers and the rare raptor the Pel’s fishing Owl.

Do not forget about the Chobe National Park, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the Aha hills, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, GCW Haba Caverns, Moremi Game Reserve, Khutse Game Reserve, Mabuase-hube Game Reserve the Makgadigadi Region or the Tsodili Hills as these are all part of the experience that is Botswana.

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