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Desert to Delta: On Safari in Botswana’s Kalahari

  • The Savvy Traveler 112 5th Ave S EDMONDS United States (map)

One of the world's largest expanses of sand, Africa's Kalahari Desert, ironically supports an amazing water wonderland.  Nothing like the Okavango Delta of northern Botswana exists anywhere else on the planet.  Rain in the highlands of Angola travels over 600 miles through a narrow panhandle before fanning out into a vast inland delta of lush lagoons, artistic channels, and palm islands.

Described by locals as “the river which never finds the sea," this annual flood arrives during Botswana's dry season just when it is needed the most, thus sustaining a diversity of life that includes Africa's most extraordinary plants and animals.   Over 40 percent of Botswana's unique habitat is being conserved through the country's low volume, high quality tourism approach.  We will discuss best ways to access these pristine areas and how community development and conservation efforts there are related to the safari industry.

An overview of safari options and activities available to travelers will be presented by Erica Varga, who in the 1990s worked on overland safaris in southern Africa.  Erica is currently the owner / operator of Worlds Away Safaris based on Bainbridge Island.