Changing Seasons – The Best Time to Visit Victoria Falls

There are three distinct seasons in Victoria Falls, which determine the climate, the amount of rainfall, and importantly, the cascade of water over the magnificent Falls.Best time to visit Victoria FallsHigh Water Season: March – May

The summer rains in Victoria Falls fall between November and April each year, with the height of the rainy season occurring in January. Following the refreshing summer rainfall, some might argue that the best time of the year to visit is throughout March – May, when the sheet of falling water over the Falls is at its greatest volume. The spray is so thick that it rains upwards, making the walk through the famous Rain Forest a real adventure! However, often the spray is so thick that is blocks one’s view of the Falls – an often disappointing occurrence.

Hot days and warm nights are often interrupted by brief, refreshing rain spells. While this is a special time to view the Victoria Falls, it is not a prime time to attempt white water rafting as the levels are often too high for operation, or too elevated to deem enjoyable.Travel to Victoria Falls

Medium to High Water Season: January, February; June to August

While there isn’t an enormous difference between the medium and high water periods, often the medium water season is considered the best time to view the Falls. Sections of the wide cliff face are exposed during this season, and often you can see all the way to the bottom, which still enjoying a significant amount of spray to keep things interesting!

Between June and August, the town of Victoria Falls experiences it’s version of winter, which is in fact mild and often preferable to the extreme summer heat. Warm days and cool nights, this is a time to pack warm clothing, to keep back the odd cold spell.Victoria Falls Seasons

Low Water Season: September to December

Between September and December, a clearer view of the rocky ledge beneath the Falls is possible – a site which is spectacular to photograph. Strolling along the knife-edge walks is not quite so scary, and the Rain Forest walk is much less crowded. Low water levels mean that white-water rafting experiences are at their best – the rapids most vicious and unrelenting.

October is undoubtedly the hottest time of the year, temperatures building up to the start of the rainy season. However, when the rain hits in November, the heat is forgotten, and the relief is palpable.

In conclusion, while a trip to Victoria Falls is spectacular any time of the year, we suggest planning your holiday according to your tastes. If you’re looking for an all-round experience, we advise visiting Victoria Falls in the medium to high water season, ensuring brilliant view of the Falls, game-viewing, and weather!

 

Cresta Hotels To Open New Hotel in Maun

Last month, it was confirmed that Cresta Marakanelo Ltd will open up another hotel in Maun, the tranquil Gateway to the Okavango Delta, in Botswana.thalefang.files.wordpress.com

Cresta Maun – the proposed name for the new 83-bedroomed establishment – is set to be completed by November 2016. The hotel will look to complement another reputable Cresta property in Maun – Riley’s Hotel.

Botswana’s Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Tshekedi Khama, recently officiated at the ground-breaking ceremony in Maun.

The Minister explained that as well as improving the stature of Maun as a tourism hub, the hotel would aid the area’s development from a village to an economic zone in Botswana’s Ngamiland District.

Specifically, he applauded Cresta’s overall strategy of growth: “As the government continues to encourage the development of capacities in the villages in order to accelerate, deepen and expand economic growth, initiatives such as this are inspiring,” he said.Ngami Times

Seven years ago, a strategic drive was put in place to expand Cresta, a prime feature of which was a number of infrastructural developments directly translated into revamped looks for hotels such as Cresta Lodge, Cresta Thampama, Mowana Safari Resort and Spa, Cresta Marang Garden, Cresta Riley’s, and more.

At the ceremony, Managing Director for Cresta Marakanelo, Tawanda Makaya, revealed that the Cresta brand is the fastest growing in Botswana. “Our growth has been labelled vigorous, energetic, enthusiastic and robust,” he said. What’s sure is that the development of Cresta Maun signifies a continuation of this impressive growth.

As well as extending the growth of the Cresta brand, the construction of Cresta Maun will assist in alleviating poverty, through the creation of various employment opportunities in the immediate region. Not only did Makaya state that the hotel would create at least 100 jobs, but he also noted that a minimum of 90% of all employees hired would be from Maun itself, and the surrounding areas.Cresta Rileys Hotel

The river-front based hotel will include 77 standard rooms, five junior suites, and a single presidential suite to be named Tshekedi Khama, in honour of the Minister. Two conference facilities at the hotel will equipped to accommodate 230 people, and the on-site restaurant will be able to seat around 196 people.  It has also been announced that the hotel will partner with Rainet Safaris, a move that will secure a number of exciting, game-based activities for future guests.

April Accommodation Specials

During April and May, in celebration of the Public Holidays, all Cresta Hotels in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe have fantastic specials on offer. Here, we highlight two exclusive specials in Botswana and Zimbabwe.

Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa

The luxurious Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa on the banks of the Chobe River, invites both local and international guests to enjoy 3 nights of accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, for only P 3180 (per person sharing) or P 4020 (per person single). Kasane LodgeThis exceptional special includes one game drive through the incredible Chobe national park, where there is the chance to spot the a vast number of big game, as well as a host of other exciting wildlife. Also included is a leisurely, relaxing cruise along the Chobe River. Speaking of relaxing, Cresta Mowana’s special likewise enables guests to take advantage of one signature treatment at the renowned on-site Clarins spa.

This outstanding offer is valid between until May 11, 2015.

Competition for the special is fierce, so make sure to book your place as soon as possible. Simply contact: +267 625 0300 for bookings, or email: resmowana@cresta.co.bw.Chobe ActivitiesCresta Lodge – Harare

Throughout the month of April, treat yourself and your family to a rejuvenating break at Cresta Lodge Harare. These exclusive offers vary between Single and Double occupancy, and between Bed and Breakfast, and Room Only occupancy.

Find a summary of these exceptional specials below:

Single Bed and Breakfast     US$ 86
Double Bed and Breakfast     US$ 107

Single – Room Only         US$ 69
Double – Room Only         US$ 73

Harare AccommodationRates are on a per person, per night basis, and delectable breakfasts will be served in the vibrant Chatters Restaurant, from where guests will be able to choose from a wide-ranging, mouth-watering menu.

This offer is valid until April 30, 2015.

To reserve your spot at Cresta Lodge Harare during April, simply contact +263 448 6870, or email: reservations@lodge.cresta.co.zw. Availability is limited over this busy period, so make sure to secure your booking as soon as you possibly can!

* T’s and C’s apply *

Mahalapye: An Undiscovered Gem

On the edge of the Kalahari Desert, between Botswana’s capital city, Gaborone, and its second-largest city, Francistown, lies the little-known town of Mahalapye. Often overlooked as simply a convenient stopover on the way to and from Botswana’s larger cities, Mahalapye, in fact, has more to offer than initially meets the eye.Image by: Karoo Information

The town is the headquarters of Botswana Railways, and the railway line running through the town forms an important part of Mahalapye’s history. The line, which transverses Botswana from Ramatlabama in the south, to Bakaranga in the north, was originally part of Bechuanaland Railway Company’s line from Vryburg to Bulawayo (later to become Rhodesia Railways), and was an important section of the unrealised vision of a ‘Cape to Cairo’ railway. The railway line currently forms a direct link between South Africa, and the countries lying to the north, including Zimbabwe, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and Mozambique.

As a result of the development of the Botswana railway system, the town of Mahalapye came into being in around the 1920s, attracting construction workers from far and wide.

The town also became an important stopover point, both to restock on coal and as a changeover for traffic and train crew of South African Railways and Rhodesia Railways. The Tswana people from surrounding areas used this stopover as a chance to trade, and eventually set up temporary and then permanent homes in the area. The town grew, and, interestingly, some of the first electric lights to flicker in Botswana  were in this town, earning it the nickname of ‘Ko Diponeng’ – the place of lights.Image by: Karoo Information

The result of all the construction and trading that took place in the area is that today, Mahalapye is an ethnically diverse area, with many Xhosas from South Africa, Bahereros from Namibia, and Tswana, and Lozi people from Zambia.

The modern village, while not front of mind as a tourist destination, certainly has a few noteworthy attractions that are worth a visit. To the south of the village, just off the A1 highway you will find the southern-most naturally occurring baobab tree in Africa, an immense and long-standing specimen that has been declared a national monument.

More natural beauty can be found along the dried-up Mahalapye River, where you can take a walk among the impressive granite boulders. It may also be a good idea to take your bird books and binoculars along, as the bush is home to many species of birds. Alternatively, arrange a picnic to experience a uniquely African alfresco dining experience.

About 45km from the town are the Shoshong Hills, where some of Botswana’s richest history can be discovered. These hills were home to mineworkers as far back as the 8th century, and today feature stone-walled ruins from early tribes.Image by: Mindy McAdams

Only two hours’ drive north of Mahalapye is the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, a community-based wildlife project established in 1992 to help save the vanishing rhinoceros and restore an area formerly teeming with wildlife to its previous natural state. Visit for the day or take more time by spending a night or two at one of the campsites or chalets. The park is home to white and black rhinos, giraffe, zebra, various antelope, ostrich, black-backed jackals, warthogs and more, as well as a plethora of birds.

Where to stay

Mahalapye has a history of being a stopover village, and even today, it is a convenient refreshment stop between Gaborone and Palapye, or Francistown further north. Whatever your reason for visiting Mahalapye, whether you are simply stopping over, in town for business, or staying a bit longer to see the sites, Cresta Mahalapye has you covered.

The hotel, one of very few in the village, started up in February 2013.

“We saw the a huge potential for an upmarket hotel to be built in Mahalapye, as most accommodation facilities are small lodges or bed and breakfast outlets,” said Jonathan Cox, Cresta Hotels’ group operations manager.Image by: Cresta Hotels

The hotel is fully licensed, and has 64 fully-equipped rooms, including two presidential suites, four junior suites, two paraplegic rooms and 56 standard rooms.

For holidaymakers, a restaurant and cocktail bar, lush gardens, a swimming pool and a children’s playground with splash pool promise good times. For the business person, the hotel offers state-of-the-art conference and banqueting facilities, which can accommodate up to 200 people, as well as several meeting rooms. The hotel’s business centre and free Wi-Fi ensure that you can carry on with your business without a hitch.

Article by: Loren Shirley-Carr

Famous Landmarks in Zambia

Zambia is a country that is as rich in history as it is in culture and adventure, offering a large variety of things to do while visiting this beautiful country. However, there a number of landmarks that stand out when considering the particular places to visit.Image by: Paolo

The Victoria Falls is one of the most well-known landmarks in Zambia, the Kololo people who originally lived in the area, named the falls Mosi-oa-Tunya, which roughly translates to ‘the smoke that thunders’. The name was used to describe the thick mist that rises from the crashing falls during the wet season, which can often be seen from miles away.

The Livingstone Memorial is a landmark that is etched in history. The memorial marks the place where David Livingstone died in1873; he was the first to discover Victoria Falls in 1855 while he was exploring the Zambezi River. The memorial stands in the same spot where Livingstone’s heart was buried, whilst the rest of his body was sent back to England. Image by: Hankering For History

Another gem in Zambia’s treasure chest is the South Luangwa National Park. It has been referred to by experts as one of the world’s greatest wildlife sanctuaries. The park is home to a wide variety of wildlife and vegetation and the intensity of the game around the Luangwa River and the ox bow lagoons are amongst the largest in Africa. The world famous ‘walking safari’ originated in this national park and up until today it is still considered one of the best ways to experience the African bush. The park is home to numerous animals, including the Thorneycroft giraffe, Crawshay Zebra, leopard, wild dogs, and several prides of lion. Unfortunately the rhino that used to inhabit that park have been poached to extinction. Image by: ninara

Kalimba Reptile Park is only half an hour’s drive from Lusaka and is a well-known favourite amongst tourists. The Park is home to the giant Nile crocodile, tortoises, a large variety of indigenous snakes and other reptiles. It is one of the few places in the world where you will be able to see the shy slender-nosed crocodile. In addition to this, the Park has its own farm shop, restaurant, braai area, and picnic facilities. If you have an adventurous palate then a piping hot crocodile burger is just the thing for you, these burgers are available directly from the restaurant and are said to taste quite similar to chicken.

If you are looking for accommodation during your travels throughout Lusaka then stay at our luxurious Cresta Golfview Hotel, which is classy, modern and authentic in every way.

The Cultural Side of Lusaka

Lusaka is often overlooked as a city in its own right and is seen as a pit stop en-route to greater things such as the amazing wildlife destinations in this large country of remote destinations. However, the city holds much beauty, which appears in many forms – such as within the vibrant art scene.

Art by: Henry TayaliLusaka is is a bustling city, located just south of the ‘copperbelt’ on the Zimbabwe-side of the country and is becoming increasingly modernised as ever more people discover the benefits of this well-run city.

The noise and commotion, packed streets and rapidly increasing urban population are countered by tree-lined avenues and spaces which make it worthwhile to stay a little longer and explore Lusaka beyond the surface. For exceptional accommodation in the Zambia capital, choose Cresta Golfview – an affordable, and yet luxurious option.

A number of Lusaka activities have emerged to attract and keep tourists in town for a little longer, but these modern malls, markets and entertainment venues do not provide a true reflection of Zambian culture. If you would like to find out what to do in Zambia in order to get a more realistic idea of local living, you won’t’ need to travel too far off the beaten track.  There are places in Lusaka that have kept their original ethos, for now.

Image Credit: andrewmulenga.blogspot.comFor a quick and convenient insight into Zambia’s soul, start off at the National Museum for a summary of Zambian ethnography and history. Kabwata Cultural Centre will get you up to speed with the vibrant heart of Lusaka – here vendors will smilingly vie for your attention among the 40-or-so huts set up to display their hand-made curios, souvenirs, jewellery and carvings. Kabwata reveals the jovial, never-say-die spirt of the Lusakan population and is a shopping experience unlike anything you will find in a mall. The Freedom Statue is located nearby as a reminder of those who perished in the struggle for independence.

If you prefer a less informal introduction to the artistic creations of Zambian folk, head off to the Henry Tayali Visual Arts centre and the Namwandwe Art Gallery to view, and even purchase, authentic Zambian paintings and sculptures.

Tour companies offer insightful city and township outings which enable visitors to get to grips with the city’s intricacies easily. By booking a tour online or through your hotel, you can get to discover the traditional aspects of Zambian culture, such as traditional medicine and beer-making, which are fading fast in the face of modern pursuits.

Art by: Zenlele ChuluDo you know of any interesting cultural spots in Lusaka?

Set the Scene for a Perfect Proposal

Valentine’s Day is upon us once again and it’s time to dream up a romantic treat for your loved one.  This holiday is one of the most popular worldwide for marriage proposals, and if you are planning to pose the long-awaited question, a luxurious safari holiday in Botswana is the perfect place to do it.Photo by: Cresta HotelsWhile proposing in Botswana may have been the furthest thing from your mind until now, read on and discover where to propose in Botswana, and perhaps even get some ideas for weddings in Botswana.

Francistown is a great place to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Botswana, and Cresta Marang and Thapama will surround you with idyllic gardens, river views and comfortable accommodation to set the mood for your big moment.

If you prefer to be right in the heart of the action, the magnificent Chobe River can set the scene for a stunning proposal at Cresta Mowana Safari Resort and Spa.  Located right on the stunning water’s edge, Cresta Mowana overlooks scenes of hippos lazing and elephants bathing in the river.

An onsite spa can smooth the way for you, along with romantic dinners in the river-facing restaurant and tranquil evening sundowners at the Savuti bar, watching the bush awaken for the night.Photo by: Andrew AshtonFor a unique proposal destination, consider the breath-takingly beautiful Makgadikgai Pans. The largest salt pans in the world, they are located in northeastern Botswana. The flat, salt-encrusted pans stretch on into eternity, and have a strange, ethereal beauty about them. Pick a camping spot, stretch out under the stars, and confess your love. What’s more, there’s no quieter, and tranquil place in the country.

Arguably the most beautiful wildlife sanctuary in Africa, the Moremi Wildlife Reserve is nestled in the heart of the Okavango Delta. With extensive wildlife, such as the ‘Big Five’, wild dogs and elephant – this is also a remarkable venue to get down on one knee!

Most of Botswana still has a colonial feel about it, and is still remote and pristine, adding an authentic ‘out-of-Africa’ theme to all of your romantic interactions here, and Cresta Mowana, as well as other popular safari lodges in the area are ideal wedding venues, complete with dedicated food and beverage teams at your beck-and-call throughout the event.Photo by: Cresta HotelsWould you consider popping the question in Botswana?

Cresta Valentine’s Day Specials in Botswana

Are you looking to somewhere special for you and your loved one to spend Valentine’s Day? Look no further! Cresta Hotels are offering a wide variety of Valentine’s Day dinner and accommodation specials this February. Photo by: Flickr/PikakokoHere is a helpful, summarised list of their Valentine’s Day specials in Botswana:

Cresta Marang Gardens

Create an unforgettable and romantic dinner experience with your loved one this Valentine’s Day at the tranquil setting of Cresta Marang Gardens in Francistown. The evening’s romantic mood and ambience will be provided by a solo musician, and the price quoted includes a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. If you’re looking to make a weekend of it, guests also enjoy a 40% discount for accommodation on Valentine’s Day.

Date: 14 February 2015.
Start: 18:00
Price: P160 per person.

Contact: banquetingmarang@cresta.co.bw

Cresta Thapama Hotel

Experience a night of romance and excitement with a Valentine’s Day dinner at Cresta Thapama in Francistown. There will trendy, romantic music playing all night, and a professional photographer will be on hand to capture the special memories.

Date: 14 February 2015.
Start: 18:30
Price: P160 single & R320 couple.

Contact: banquetingthapama@cresta.co.bw

Cresta Lodge Gaborone

Make your way to Cresta Lodge Gaborone this ‘day of love’ for a scrumptious Valentine’s Day Dinner Buffet. With live music and loads of giveaways, the night will be full of fun. Guests are also welcome to take advantage of a P699 per room accommodation special that night.

Time 19:00.
Price: P300 single & P500 couple.

Contact: grelationslodge@cresta.co.bwPhoto by: Flickr/premier-photo.comCresta President Hotel

Enjoy a romantic four course dinner with your loved one this Valentine’s Day at Cresta President in Gaborone. Make an occasion of it, and take advantage of the 50% discount on accommodation for the night.

Time: 18:00
Price: 250 Single & 460 Couple.

Contact: respresident@cresta.co.bw

Cresta Mowana

Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa are running two Valentine’s Day specials this month. Firstly, on the 14th, the resort invite you to join them for a romantic dinner, at only P255 per person.

Secondly, from 13 – 16 February 2015, experience the Mowana Safari Resort and Spa lifestyle for only P3180 per person sharing.

This package Includes:

- Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast.
- One boat cruise
- One game drive
- Mowana signature spa treatment

Contact: resmowana@cresta.co.bw

Cresta Mahlapye

Feel the love at Cresta Mahalapye Hotel this Valentine’s. With exciting entertainment, and an unforgettable romantic dinner, you’ll be left entirely satisfied and impossibly loved-up.

Time: 19:00
Price: R330 couple & P170 single.

Contact: resmahlapye@cresta.co.bwPhoto by: Experiencing WineCresta Rileys

Cresta Riley’s are hosting a romantic Valentine’s Dinner this February, with accompanying live music entertainment, and delectable cuisine. Guests are also urged to take advantage of a 40% discount on accommodation for the weekend.

Price: P150 single & P280 couple.

Contact: resrileys@cresta.co.bw

Cresta Botsalo

Change it up this ‘Month of Love’ and make your way to Cresta Botsalo for a St Valentine’s Spit Braai Dinner. What’s more, special accommodation rates are also available for dinner guests, so contact the hotel to find out more details!

Time: 18:00
Price: P250 couple & P150 single.

Contact: resbotsalo@cresta.co.bw

Cresta Bosele

Treat yourself and your significant other to a Buffet dinner at Cresta Bosele this Valentine’s Day. A free welcome drink will be provided, as well as roses for the ladies, chocolates on the tables, and an exciting competition with lots of prizes to be won. There will be entertaining live music on offer, to create the perfect, loving mood.

Time: 19:00
Price: P250 couple & P150 single.

Contact: resbosele@cresta.co.bw

 

Photo Credits

Flickr/Pikakoko
Flickr/premier-photo.com
Experiencing Wine

Victoria Falls set to become a tourist hub for Southern Africa

Construction is on track for the completion of Victoria Falls new airport by the end of July 2015.Together with a brand new international terminal building and the transformation of the existing terminal to handle domestic flights only, a new 4km-long runway is under construction, which will cater for even the largest passenger craft, including the A380. This means that long haul flights from the Americas, Europe and Asia will have direct access to Victoria Falls.

According to airport manager, Mr Ronnie Masawi, a new control tower equipped with the latest technology, a new parking area with the capacity to accommodate 400 vehicles, and a new fire station are also on the cards.  “The new airport will accommodate three times more passengers than it currently handles.” says Masawi.

These improvements to the existing airport, which will have a capacity of 1.2 million international travellers and half a million domestic flights every year, are predicted to boost the already burgeoning Zimbabwean tourist market. With its wonderful game parks, excellent accommodation offerings and wide range of Victoria Falls activities, visitor numbers to Zimbabwe are ever on the increase, showing a climb of 8.7 % during 2014.

It is expected that the recent introduction of the Univisa will increase the appeal of Zimbabwe to foreign visitors, further boosting figures for Victoria Falls hotels and other accommodation establishments in the town.

Not only is the tourism industry set to take off with the completion of the new airport, it is also set for the area to come to the fore as a commercial hub, increasing revenue to Victoria Falls accommodation even more.

Located just 20 kilometres from the centre of Victoria Falls town, the new airport is conveniently placed to service both commercial and passenger flights into the region.

The recently launched Zimbabwean budget airline, FlyAfrica, has plans to add to its portfolio of flights to Beira (Mozambique), Durban, Kilimanjaro, Livingstone, Maputo, Luanda and Lubumbashi with an additional three offerings in 2014, to cope with the anticipated upswing in tourism to the Victoria Falls area.

Bucket List Botswana

A new year means new travel resolutions, and in 2015 we suggest a trip to Botswana. To simplify your travel plans, we’ve mapped out a ‘Bucket List’ for this gorgeous country; a list of destinations we recommend you check off when travelling to Bots.

Hot Air Balloon Safari by Jon Eickmeier1) Go on a Hot Air Balloon Safari

A hot air balloon is one of the best ways to enjoy a safari in Africa, and it is still a rarity in Botswana. With a hot air balloon safari adventurers have the unique opportunity to gaze upon the African wilderness from a fresh, extraordinary perspective. While often pricey, this means of safari will be the experience of a lifetime.

With the stillness of the balloon, numerous wildlife sightings are possible, including sightings of: elephant, wildebeest, giraffe, Kudu, sable, rhinos, and even the endangered African Wild Dog. What’s more, there is definitely something magical about the notion of experiencing a hot air balloon ride, with its panoramic views and open-air spirit of adventure.

To book this incredible safari experience, visit the reception/activities desk at your hotel/lodge. Makgadikgadi Pans Botswana 2) Bask in the unearthly beauty of the Makgadikgadi Pans

The Makgadikgadi Pans – comprising an area of 12 000² kilometres – are the largest salt pans in the world. Located in northeastern Botswana, they are the remnants of a massive lake (roughly the size of Switzerland), which dried up thousands of years ago. Now, the flat, dry terrain stretches to infinity, eventually fusing with a milky-blue horizon. The effect is mesmerising, and a reminder of the vastness of the African continent.

For most of the year the area remains extremely arid and waterless, however, in years of good rain, the two largest pans – Sowa and Ntwetwe – flood! This attracts hordes of wildlife, especially zebra and wildebeest. Excitingly, flamingos flock to the area, and their numbers often run into the tens, and sometimes hundreds of thousands.

While you’re in the area, make sure to visit Kubu Island – a dry granite rock island engulfed by a sea of white sand. The entire island has been declared a national monument and is sacred to local inhabitants of the area. Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson described the island as “just about the most astonishing place [he’s] ever been,” when they filmed there in 2007. Khami Rhino Sanctuary3) Camp Out at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Set up in 1992, the Khama Rhino Sanctuary was created to protect the highly endangered rhinos of the region, and simultaneously to re-introduce wildlife into an area, allowing the local community to benefit from tourism.

The sanctuary is centred around the Serwe Pan, a grassy depression complete with naturally occurring water holes. As well as black and white rhinos being protected, over 30 other animal species are protected, and 230 species of birds.

This is an eco-safari destinations, and sustainable tourism is encouraged. As such, accommodation in Khama is limited. However, there are basic campsite and chalets on offer to provide the opportunity for an uncomplicated, idyllic stay in this historic haven.Moremi Game Reserve4) Visit the Moremi Game Reserve

In 1962, the BaTawana people of Botswana set aside a third of the Okavango Delta for future protection. This, they called the Moremi Game Reserve.

With a high density and extraordinary variety of wildlife, the Moremi is a small reserve in the eastern Okavango, bordering Chobe National Park. With both Black and White Rhino having both been recently re-introduced into the reserve, it is now a ‘Big Five’ destination. Excitingly, the rarely-sighted African Wild Dogs are regularly spotted in the reserve!

The Moremi Game Reserve is an ideal destination for the self-drive camper seeking adventure, and a tranquil safari experience. The rustic Third Bridge campsite is a favourite for many, found near the Sekiri River. Chobe National Park5) Go on a game drive in the Chobe National Park

While this seems like an obvious choice, a trip to Botswana would no doubt be incomplete without a game drive in the incredible Chobe National Park. Proclaimed in 1968 and covering an area of 11700 km², the park gets its name from the mighty Chobe River, which forms its northern border. Located in north-east Botswana, this park is probably best known for its enormous elephant population, one of the largest in Africa. There are an estimated 70,000 Kalahari elephants in the Chobe National Park, and a game drive is more often than not complete with several elephant sightings.

The Chobe floodplains, in particular, are where hordes of wildlife congregate during the dry season. Incredibly, it is normal to see over 1000 elephants on the floodplains at any one time during the dry winter months. Apart from elephants, a drive along the river provides the chance for buffalo, giraffe, waterbuck, zebra, Kudu, sable and impala sightings. If you’re lucky, you might just catch a sight of a lion or leopard too!

For luxurious accommodation in the Chobe National Park, book a stay with Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa. As well as offering top-class accommodation in gorgeous surrounds, booking with Cresta Mowana will also enable you to organise your game drive with ease.

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Jon Eickmeier
Andrew Ashton
Philip Milne
Mathias
Shelby Root