Traveller Review: Luxury in Botswana Part 1
Adventure World traveller Tanya Gurtin discovers the luxury of experiencing Botswana with andBeyond.
I met up with the group at Kasane Airport and travelled via Chobe National Park before arriving at our camp which was located well inside the park. This was my second time in Chobe and the landscape was so different - lush and green.
The game in Chobe is amazing - the park is famous for elephants, so of course we saw many of them throughout the park – which were my favourite viewings. We followed the Chobe River so saw lots of different species in a small area. Other highlights were lion sightings where we saw 3 different prides of lions, the last not far from our camp. We also observed the presence of wild cats, hippos, warthogs (always funny to watch) and giraffes plus many more.
We arrived into our &Beyond Chobe under Canvas camp late afternoon, freshening up in our gorgeous luxury tents complete with ensuite - definitely my idea of camping! These were huge!
Not long after we arrived, all sitting around the camp fire we heard the lions start roaring and the elephants trumpeting - something definitely started happening - exciting stuff!
Dinner which consisted of 3 courses with wine was fabulous. The shower was a novelty as it was a bucket shower indoors and held enough water for 2 people to have a quick shower which ended up providing no problems at all.
The best thing about sleeping in the tent is there is no insulation from outside sounds - no kidding yourself - you are definitely in Africa. I slept pretty good, listening to the lions roaring all night, crickets, tree frogs, elephants – sleeping was almost an adventure in itself! The next morning, it was exciting to discover what animals had been through our camp. As it turned out, our tent had been visited by an elephant and the camp had leopard tracks throughout.
After an early morning wakeup call and breakfast, we set off for a short game drive through Chobe National Park. The views were stunning with the early morning light. Impala and baboons sunbathing themselves on the track were entertaining. Plus we also found the lions again which was great - they were still hungry so no luck with the hunting overnight.
Not long after, we left the park and travelled by road to Kasane township to connect with our specialised photography boat cruise on Chobe River. This was an amazing add-on, and so worthwhile taking a normal boat cruise to a new level. The boat had been built specifically for photography, so had extra stabilisers, swivel seating down the middle with a built-in tripod arm. Connected to each arm was the camera we each had use of for the expedition complete with 500mm lens.
After the usual safety briefing, we were all shown how to use the camera, then headed off down the river. Photography instruction was given throughout, practise shots and checking everything was working right. The bird life was amazing - we started with the birds, and then headed to the crocs, hippos and elephant bath time. It was fantastic! Highlight of the cruise was a croc eating a huge tiger fish. Overall the cruise was amazing and very professionally run. Would completely recommend it!
Afterwards we headed to Kasane airport for our next adventure…Savute under Canvas.
To be continued in Part 2...
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