The story is often told about African vast land and interesting surprises, about its interesting deserts and bewitching beaches. You have seen its jungles and the “big five” on Discovery and National Geographic Wild. It’s time to feed your eyes with first-hand sight of this intriguing continent. There are numerous destinations on the continent, but I will recommend just two for a start –Botswana and Namibia, park all you’ll need, I bet a trip in these countries will definitely blow your mind as you set out to see it all in 14 days!
Day 1-2: Victoria Falls
You are coming to see it yourself and there is nothing better than starting it on a high at a cool relaxation site with opportunity to gaze at one of the world’s seven wonders; welcome to the Victoria Falls. The falls is situated between Zambia and Zimbabwe on the Zambezi River. Locals call it Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders). The fall becomes super incredible when the Zambezi River is in full flood—usually in February and March, at which point Zambezi drops 108 meters into a chasm and over 500 million litres of water per minute go over the 1700 m wide Falls. This is the world’s largest sheet of falling water and a memorable sight on any African Safari—the site is in Zimbabwe/Zambia though!
Day 3-5: Chobe National Park
From your campsite at Victoria Falls, head across the border into Botswana. The border town here is Kasane, it’s the northern entrance to the magnificent Chobe National Park of Botswana. The Chobe National Park was established in 1968 as Botswana first National Park on a site that has long been recognized as a unique wildlife zone. The highlight of this park is its elephant population. With a current estimated population of around 120,000, Chobe National Park has the largest concentration of Elephants in Africa. A river cruise on the Chobe gives an unmatched sight of hundreds and hundreds of elephants all at once having a drink before sunset.
Day 6: Maun
Head out of the Chobe National Park through its western end; go south-western; your destination is Maun. Your safari should involve mixing with people that is why this city should be your next stopover, at least for a day. Many tourists merely use Maun as a transit point, however, exploring the traditional villages along the western fringes of the Okavango Delta, in the panhandle area, is worth the time and effort, and if you do, it just might be the real highlight of your travels in Botswana.
Day 7-10: Okavango Delta
The lure of this area is so much I doubt if a day will do. Anyway, how long you stay is up to you. One thing is sure, Okavango Delta says: “your trip in Botswana is incomplete with me!” The rationale is simple; the Delta is incredible and unique. The Okavango River empties onto an open land, flooding the savannah and creating an immense oasis spreading about 6500sq. miles. Okavango Delta is listed among the seven wonders of Africa and is the 1000th site on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. Various species of African wildlife, including some of the world’s most endangered large mammal, such as the cheetah, white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, as well as lions, hippos, African wild dogs, water antelope, etc. find abode around the Delta.
Day 11-12: Etosha National Park
One thing is sure, at Etosha, you are guaranteed of game sighting. This is Namibia’s premier nature and wildlife reserve. The site is around the Etosha Pan, it throngs with a large variety of animal, and bird life. Its navigable road network makes even its most remote areas accessible. At Etosha NP, Keep an eye out for the striking Oryx and Springbok as these are endemic to desert National Parks. If you are passing the night here—and I suggest you do, after dinner, head out to the waterhole, get somewhere to sit and observe nature; you might be lucky enough to see the animals come to drink.
Day 13-14: Swakopmund
It’s almost time to go home, hit the resort town of Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast. The town offers a European feel and its beaches are nice. The lovely beach here make for a great relaxing walk – though bathing in the ocean waters may be somewhat chilly.
The intriguing Namib Desert and eerie Skeleton Coast are close to Swakopmund for the adventurous to visit. Anyway, what you do after hitting Swakopmund is totally up to you!
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