“When you have caught the rhythm of Africa,” Isak Dinesen wrote, “you find it is the same in all her music.” That sublime continental symphony reaches one of its stunning climaxes in the dreamland of the Okavango Delta, where the Okavango River, the fourth-longest river in Africa, fails to find an outlet to the sea, and instead settles with a liquid sigh into the sands of the Kalahari Desert. As the great photographer Frans Lanting wrote in Okavango: Africa’s Last Eden, “the [Delta’s] very existence in the middle of the Kalahari is nothing short of miraculous…like a dream.”
A particularly sweet dream, is the Okavango: well populated by marvelous animals big and small, punctuated by isolated idyllic lagoons (ideal location for our favored lodges), overarched by vast African skies (“Night silence in Africa always holds the far sea-sound of urgent stars” Laurens van der Post wrote in The Lost World of the Kalahari). We round out many Botswana safaris with visits to Chobe National Park, redolent with Kalahari mystique, and the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, a great place, as Isak Dinesen wrote, to sit by a campfire, “listening to the lions far out in the darkness…like returning to the really true world again–where I probably once lived 10,000 years ago.”
From Cape to Delta
Cape Town, Sabi Sabi, & Okavango DeltaFrom $12950, per person 13 Days
A journey through South Africa and Botswana that delicately balances nature and luxury, including time in the storied Cape Winelands and Okavango Delta. You’ll also unwind at Selinda — one of Africa’s finest luxury-encounters-wilderness camps — and Sabi Sabi Game Reserve.
Regions You’ll Explore: Botswana, South Africa, Southern AfricaLearn More
Botswana’s Timeless Wilderness
Big Game, Splendid IsolationFrom $12650, per person 12 Days
Discover the astonishing contrasts of Botswana—including winding waterways, parched landscapes, immense floodplains—as well as the colossal cascades of Victoria Falls.
Regions You’ll Explore: Botswana, South Africa, Southern Africa, Victoria Falls, ZambiaLearn More