Writing for Swanky Retreats‘ The Uncharted Issue published in September 2019, Sophie Ibbotson takes us on a wild safari journey in Botswana, where she covers impressive ground across the Okavango Delta whilst staying at luxury safari lodgings, including Rra Dinare. Speaking of her trip across the Delta, Sophie exclaims, “It feels like an adventure right from the very beginning”, and we couldn’t agree with her more! Here is a snippet of Sophie’s adventure, which is also briefly covered in this Letter from Africa.
Botswana is an extraordinary country in many ways. A landlocked nation in southern Africa, it’s the continent’s oldest continuous democracy and has the lowest levels of corruption. Living standards are relatively high, and Botswana is the best ranked country in the Human Development Index south of the Sahara. This all points to one thing: good governance. It extends from the economy and healthcare, to education and environmental policy.
Your first sighting of Botswana will undoubtedly be from the air. It’s watery wilderness, the rivers, channels, and lagoons of the Okavango Delta shaping the landscape. Getting from A to B by road is difficult, especially in the wet season, so every lodge and camp has a private airstrip nearby. The charter planes which hop between them are little more than flying minibuses; on occasions it might just be you and the pilot onboard!
Rra Dinare is within a private concession, which is hugely important as it dictates the kinds of activities you can do. The national parks and reserves have a no carry policy for firearms in order to easily identify poachers, but it means that guides and trackers are prohibited from carrying rifles, too. They therefore can’t safely lead walking safaris; the only place to do one is in a concession which sets its own rules.
The safari activities at Rra Dinare are around the clock. Early in the morning is the best time to be out and about on the water, paddling through the Delta channels whilst the air temperature is cool… When the day heats up, return to camp and take a dip in the beautiful swimming pool. You might look up from swimming a length to see an elephant plodding by, or bird coming to the water’s edge to drink…
And you will then be ready for an afternoon game drive which continues long after the sun has set. This is your best opportunity to see nocturnal creatures, in particular the big cats and African wild dog which prefer to hunt in the evenings.
Want to know what else Sophie discovered on her trip? Then you’ll have to buy a copy of this month’s Swanky Retreats. Chat to us about experiencing your own luxury safari at Rra Dinare oo any of our other camps in Botswana.