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Hot air ballooning, mokoro rides and sunset cruises in Botswana

Gently soar up into the sky, observing the abundant Okavango Delta wildlife below, drift between winding channels on a mokoro or watch the sun descend below the horizon in all its colourful glory whilst sipping on a gin and tonic onboard a barge. Botswana offers a wealth of stimulating experiences to travellers and hot air ballooning, mokoro rides and sunset boat cruises are just three of our favourite ways to enjoy this beautiful country.

hot-air-balloon

©Deon de Villiers

Liquid Giraffe asked Wilderness Safaris about what to expect from three very different Botswana activities:

Hot air balloon safari over the Vumbura Plains, Okavango Delta

The sound of flames filling the balloon is followed by an unmatched serenity as you quietly rise and float with the wind. The 45 minute balloon flight takes you over majestic leadwoods, jackalberry trees, African mangosteens and ancient riverbeds, now dried up and filled with a diversity of vegetation. Depending on the wind direction the balloon may fly over the floodplains, filled with red lechwe and other water-adapted species.

balloon-over-flooded-plains

©Deon de Villiers

Other sightings include elephant, giraffe, hippo, buffalo, zebra and warthog. The elusive leopard and cheetah can be seen on the odd occasion and some of the more unusual sightings include honey badger and African civet. On landing, sparkling wine and snacks are served together with personalised flight certificates so that the memories of this bucket list experience can be treasured.

Hot-air-balloon-over-Botswana

©Deon de Villiers

Mokoro ride at Wilderness Safaris Xigera Camp, Moremi Game Reserve

One of the most sublime ways to experience the Okavango Delta is in a mokoro, a traditional canoe. Xigera Camp – a water wonderland surrounded by channels – is the perfect place at which to do so. A mokoro ride is a great complement to traditional game drives as you are low enough to enjoy close-up views of the smaller treasures of the Delta, ranging from tiny frogs to water lilies.

xigera-water-lilly

©Dana Allen

Mokoro rides are best enjoyed as a morning or evening activity with cooler temperatures. From your seat you can observe the diversity of the Delta’s wildlife species including spotted-necked otter, wattled crane and sitatunga. Xigera Camp is also known for its incredible birding and sightings of the elusive Pel’s fishing-owl.

mokoro-gameviewing

©Olwen Evans

Float through the winding water channels, papyrus reeds waving on each side, water lilies floating by and the sounds of reed frogs and dragonflies.

xigera-sunset-mokoro-ride

©Dana Allen

Sunset cruise at Wilderness Safaris DumaTau Camp, Linyanti

A wonderful activity after exploring the African bush is a sunset cruise at DumaTau Camp (DumaTau means ‘roar of the lion’). The serene waters of the Linyanti River’s Osprey Lagoon naturally lend themselves to relaxation as you enjoy a mesmerising accompaniment of sounds from the different species of frogs and birds.

dumatau-sunset

©Dana Allen

Hippos and crocodiles enjoy the coolness of the afternoon water, and elephants arrive for a refreshing dip and to quench their thirst.

dumatau-sunset-cruise

©Dana Allen

Whether you’re after an action packed adventure or a relaxing soul safari, Botswana gives you a taste of heaven to the senses. Contact Liquid Giraffe to arrange your Botswana safari.

Liquid Giraffe

Liquid Giraffe is a registered travel agency in Maun, Botswana. Our portfolio includes a range of lodges, horseback adventures and mobile tented safaris throughout Botswana. We also provide tailor-made journeys to Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.

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