Discovering Botswana by air is quite a common way to visit the country. Dominated by the Kalahari desert which covers up to 70% of its land surface, light aircraft is clearly the ideal means of transport to move quickly between remote locations. So, let’s take advantage of this and visit three of the most attractive regions of the country.
1st stop – Makgadikgadi Pans National Park – Leroo La Tau
After having arrived at Maun Airport and from Maun, you will flight to Leroo La Tau, one of the most lovely and confortable lodges of this area. It is situated close to the Boteti river, which forms the boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park on its eastern bank. From here, you’ll certainly choose to go on a game drive, especially in the dry winter months, between July and October, where you’ll witness, among others remarkable scenes, the second largest zebra migration in the world.
2nd stop – Okavango Delta – Okavango Camp
Set sail to the Okavango Delta. On the way to your remote camp in Nxaragha Island, you’ll take in all the magnificence of this astonishing area. While in dry winter months, you’ll be able to see many herds of mammals concentrated around water holes, in rainy season from december to march, the landscape will have changed its colour to shades of green, contrasting with the dark water of the numerous meanders of the delta. This green season is also the time of bird migration and you’ll have the opportunity to see a great concentration of different species.
3rd stop – Chobe National Park – Chobe Game Lodge
Fly to the North, towards Chobe Game Lodge, in Chobe National Park.
Lying along the banks of the beautiful Chobe River which borders Botswana and Namibia, the Park, with its 11700 sq kms, is the second largest in Botswana. While heading to your very relaxing river-facing Chobe Game Lodge, you will fly over floodplains, swamps and woodland and, reaching the Chobe river, you’ll be fascinated by the breathtaking view of this brillant peacock blue ribbon. Known for its superb game viewing all year round, the park provides shelter for one of the largest populations of game on the African continent and, especially along the Chobe River, where impressive herds of elephants form the largest concentration of Africa. It is not uncommon to encounter herds in excess of hundreds of animals.
Let us not forget that Victoria’s Falls are, as a crow flies, about 20 minutes from Chobe Game Lodge and being so close, it is indisputably worths the trip.
Your journey will end at Kasane airport, ten or so kilometres from the lodge.
By Muriel Romero
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