The paddles slip in and out noiselessly as you glide along the limpid waters of the Okavango Delta. Silence is essential here – traditional mokoros, dug-out canoes, have taken the place of the speedboat you explored in earlier – essential if you want to get up close to the wildlife that you have seen so often on TV. Then, nearby, a big splash – hippo? Or maybe waterbuck? Your local guide will surely know.
This dramatic delta is one of the best places to see animals and birds in Africa. It’s a vital habitat for African elephants, Nile crocodiles, spotted hyenas and black rhino. Elephants are found here in greater numbers than anywhere else on the planet. And Chobe National Park is one of the best places to encounter leopards, lions and cheetahs. Botswana has set aside 45 per cent of its land for conservation, which is why the country has such an abundance of wildlife.
Witness some of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth – your close encounter with nature starts on a Chapters Experience Holiday in Botswana.