Botswana, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, has a landscape defined by the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta, which becomes a lush animal habitat during the seasonal floods. The massive Central Kalahari Game Reserve, with its fossilized river valleys and undulating grasslands, is home to numerous animals including giraffes, cheetahs, hyenas and wild dogs.
One of Africa’s most popular and exclusive safari destinations, Botswana is a fascinating world, home to well-known landmarks such as the Okavango Delta, the Kalahari Desert, and the Chobe National Park. To help you prepare for your holiday here are some interesting, lesser-known facts about the country.
Spanning across 600 370km2(231,788 miles²) Botswana is one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations. Located in southern Africa, just north of South Africa, Botswana is bordered by South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe and is home to over 1.5 million people. This varied and fascinating country has some unique and outstanding facts and trivia around it.
Budget travel is travel that is budget-conscious. … Budget travelers differ from backpackers in the sense that they may not necessarily be staying for a long period of time, they lean towards budget hotels/motels rather than hostels, and usually, their trip is not open-ended.
WALKING SAFARIS IN SOUTH AFRICA
There are numerous options for walking safaris throughout South Africa offering varying terrains.
Discover the beautiful terrains and the fantastic diversity of the wildlife South Africa has whilst on a walking safari. Take a relaxing walk and discover the excitement and ancient secrets of the African wilderness. There are numerous options for walking safaris throughout South Africa offering varying terrains. South Africa has a superb array of National Parks and Game Reserves that offer South African walking safaris.
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On a Game Viewing Walk you get taken deep into the bush and track wildlife by foot (under the expert guidance of an armed game ranger).
Kruger National Park walking safaris are guided by experienced rangers with an extensive knowledge of the area, the wildlife, birdlife and indigenous vegetation. Accommodation and lodging in the park are in two-bedded safari-tents, with communal toilet and shower facilities. The camp-staff cook and clean while your guide leads you into close encounters with the African wild. Feel your excitement build as you track the South African Big 5 on your walking safari.
Also within the Kruger National Park, the 5 Star luxury Jock Safari Lodge offers walking safaris, birding safaris and guided historical tours will take you along the paths of legend and mystery.
Many game reserves in South Africa offer exhilarating walking safaris where guests have the opportunity to identify tracks and insects, bird watch and learn about habitats and ecology as they walk through the bushveld. Ngala consists of 14 780 hectares of exclusive game-rich land. The safety of their guests is their highest priority so all their rangers undergo intensive specialized instruction.
The rangers begin each walking safari with an all-inclusive briefing on how to behave when encountering animals on foot as they are frequently sighted on these safaris. Observe the glorious sunset whilst getting up close and personal with the incredible wildlife. The walks always cover new terrain, ensuring a comprehensive interpretive experience.
Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape offers daily walking safaris and luxurious accommodation. Shamwari gives people the opportunity to spot the big 5 including the awe-inspiring leopard and wild dogs.
In the Sabi Sands Reserve, many lodges offer optional walking safaris which are conducted daily in order to experience the beauty of Africa’s flora and fauna. Bush dinners and bush breakfasts can be arranged following the walking safari, weather permitting.
At Pakamisa Private Game Reserve in the Maputuland region of KwaZulu Natal, a walking safari is included in the daily rate. Your guide will explain the often-fascinating life cycles of everything from insects, plants, and trees to the behavior patterns of the mammals and birds, giving you a chance to experience at first hand the magic of the African wild.
In the Western Cape, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve offers walking safaris. Discover the spirit of the Little Karoo on foot and see the little things of the Reserve through the eyes of the San. With the guidance of your experienced ranger, early morning walking trails to greet the day have been developed to cater for individual needs.
From gentle strolls, taking in the breathtaking beauty of the indigenous fauna and flora, to challenging trails discovering isolated vistas, reveal the beauty of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. Be it a gentle or challenging trail or a secluded rock pool that invites one to submerge into its watery and invigorating bliss or returning to your lodge for a scrumptious breakfast, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve has all of this and much more to offer.
The feeling of carefully walking through the thick vegetation, in search for one of the majestic Big 5, is an experience like no other. Getting up close and personal with this magnificent wildlife is a rush of excitement and a definite addition to your list of South African activities.
A unique adventure. A journey for people who would like to drive a 4 × 4 themselves, search for the adventure, but also appreciate the safety of a backup.
A journey off the beaten track, with lots of wildlife and nature, but also to experience the local culture. So no group travel, but you can look up the atmosphere if you want, so you don’t have to!
The journey is accompanied by an experienced 4×4 and wildlife guide, in the rougher areas we drive in convoy, you are in contact with each other with walkie talkies. Outside the 4 × 4 routes, you can also draw your own plan.
Hiking is the preferred term, in Canada and the United States, for a long, vigorous walk, usually on trails (footpaths), in the countryside, while the word walking is used for shorter, particularly urban walks. On the other hand, in the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland, the word “walking” is acceptable to describe all forms of walking, whether it is a walk in the park or backpacking in the Alps.
The word hiking is also often used in the UK, along with rambling (a slightly old-fashioned term), hillwalking, and fell walking (a term mostly used for hillwalking in northern England). The term bushwalking is endemic to Australia, having been adopted by the Sydney Bush Walkers club in 1927. In New Zealand a long, vigorous walk or hike is called tramping. It is a popular activity with numerous hiking organizations worldwide, and studies suggest that all forms of walking have health benefits.
Hot Air Ballon
A hot air balloon is a lighter-than-air aircraft consisting of a bag, called an envelope, which contains heated air. Suspended beneath is a gondola or wicker basket (in some long-distance or high-altitude balloons, a capsule), which carries passengers and a source of heat, in most cases an open flame caused by burning liquid propane. The heated air inside the envelope makes it buoyant since it has a lower density than the colder air outside the envelope. As with all aircraft, hot air balloons cannot fly beyond the atmosphere. Unlike gas balloons, the envelope does not have to be sealed at the bottom, since the air near the bottom of the envelope is at the same pressure as the surrounding air.
In modern sport balloons the envelope is generally made from nylon fabric and the inlet of the balloon (closest to the burner flame) is made from a fire resistant material such as Nomex. Modern balloons have been made in all kinds of shapes, such as rocket ships and the shapes of various commercial products, though the traditional shape is used for most non-commercial, and many commercial, applications.
A safari is an overland journey, usually a trip by tourists in Africa. In the past, the trip was often a big-game hunt, but today, safaris are often to observe and photograph wildlife—or hiking and sightseeing, as well.
In 1836 William Cornwallis Harris led an expedition purely to observe and record wildlife and landscapes by the expedition’s members. Harris established the safari style of journey, starting with a not too strenuous rising at first light, an energetic day walking, an afternoon rest then concluding with a formal dinner and telling stories in the evening over drinks and tobacco. The hunting aspect traditionally associated with the safari is said to have its origins in the early 1800s in the region of Évora, Alentejo, where villagers got together to hunt wild boar and reclaim land for farming.
A Self-Drive Safari gives you the freedom to drive yourself around the Kruger Park in your own vehicle. It is the most affordable way to see the Park and gives you flexibility and the thrill of spotting wildlife at your leisure.
Tourism is travel for pleasure or business; also the theory and practice of touring, the business of attracting, accommodating, and entertaining tourists, and the business of operating tours. Tourism may be international, or within the traveller’s country. The World Tourism Organization defines tourism more generally, in terms which go “beyond the common perception of tourism as being limited to holiday activity only”, as people “traveling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes”.