Botswana Part 1

by Christine Lai March. 24, 2017 4976 views


I recently visited the Okavango Delta and the area neighboring the Makgadikgadi Pans, and here I share with you a few highlights from the trip! 

Botswana contains many national parks, including the Moremi game reserve, Chobe national park, the Okavango Delta, the Salt Pans, and Victoria Falls. This country focuses on low volume, high end tourism to maintain the integrity of the natural environment. In addition, Botswana has made measures to protect their population of elephants (the overall number of elephants in Africa has been declining, mostly due to poaching). Botswana has completely banned the ivory trade. Moreover, they employ their own military to protect their animals from being hunted. They are allowed to shoot to kill any poacher who attempts to evade them. 

I flew into the Okavango Delta by light aircraft. The pilot kindly flew low so that we could photograph the animals! Such an amazing flight over the delta.

In a Cessna (210?) flying over the Okavango Delta

View over the Delta

A family of elephants foraging

A male elephant walking towards us (and later trumpeted) to tell us this is his territory!

A leopard looking out from a tree. Leopards like to rest high in the trees and look for potential meals on the ground.

Two male giraffes sparring


More to come!


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Stuart And Barbara Robertson 3 years, 11 months ago

Were you at Macatoo??

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Christine Lai Replied to Stuart And Barbara Robertson 3 years, 11 months ago

Ah no, sounds like a fantastic camp, but I was on the northern side of the Delta!

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Stuart And Barbara Robertson 3 years, 11 months ago

Thanks for the memories. Loved the Okavango... hope you get up to the Caprivi Strip. And Namibia... so much beauty

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Ram Ya 3 years, 11 months ago

Wow, what an amazing story and photos. I love hearing about the background of the photos and the efforts that go into protecting these animals.
You have some stunning photos here!

#8 This one is really great because of the motion and the killer stare of the leopard.
#5 What a magnificent animal!

Thank you for sharing and contributing to my list of favorites :)

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Lucas Vegan 3 years, 11 months ago

Beautiful photos! Nice post ☺ I crossed all Afica on bicycle and Botswana as well ☺ I wish I had suuch a good camera with me ☺ have you already been to Kalahari desert? Warm greetings, Lucas

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Christine Lai Replied to Lucas Vegan 3 years, 11 months ago

Your bicycle journey sounds amazing! Sadly, I have not been to the Kalahari yet. (Although I was quite close to it) I shall have to return to Botswana someday for the Kalahari!

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Lucas Vegan Replied to Christine Lai 3 years, 11 months ago

Thank you ☺ It's beautiful and great experience ☺ where arebyou now? ☺

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Heike 3 years, 11 months ago

Great photos !
You are a lucky one to have the opportunity to make this experience.:)

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 3 years, 11 months ago

Wow, wow, wow. The leopard pictures are just awesome, and those from the Cessna too. I've been there myself so, thanks for the reminder. :-)

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