A first-timer ventures deep on a Botswana safari — in one epic day
Post by Nina Kokotas Hahn, A&K Staff Writer
Waking on an A&K safari in Botswana is something magical. First comes the steady call of the African mourning dove, which overpower the rest of the bush choir; the rustling trees on the other side of the canvas walls (What could that be?), only occasionally audible over the whirring fan above the bed; and then the morning light slowly spilling into the room. All this before the bush equivalent of an alarm clock: French-press coffee delivered to our door by the cheery camp staff and served on a tray dressed in white linens.
Travelling on A&K’s Botswana Safari in Style journey, we had flown from South Africa to Botswana and Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, set in the Okavango Delta. A favorite A&K camp, Chief’s sits on its namesake island in the Mombo Concession within the Moremi Game Reserve, which is the only protected area within the delta. Wildlife is especially plentiful here and drivers may venture off-path to pursue “Big Five” game (black rhinos, Cape buffalo, elephants, leopards and lions) — something that is not allowed in Africa’s national parks.
Our A&K guide revealed that a pride of lions had been spotted nearby, and the plan for our morning game drive was to go out in search of it. After a big breakfast in the main lodge, we hopped aboard our open-air 4×4, a custom A&K-outfitted safari vehicle, and set off across the delta with our driver, Sky.