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Tragic breaking news: Tourist dies after elephant attack in Okavango Delta

In tragic news, a guest at a horse riding safari camp in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, has died after being attacked by an elephant cow.

Spectacular sighting: Pangolin

At the start of October, myself and a group of friends were treated to a sighting of one of the most sought-after animals on safari – the pangolin. Any discerning safari goer places this animal at the top of their wish list, mainly due to the rarity of sightings and the uniqueness of these special animals.

Safari tips: Understanding accommodation types

Comfortable accommodation while on safari in Africa

When it comes to going on a safari in Africa, you will soon discover that the selection of accommodation options is vast. From straw huts and mobile camps, to ultra-luxury hotels and lodges, your choice of where you’ll unload your bags will be influenced mainly by your needs and budget.

Benny the elephant and Mike – a touching African story

Benny the elephant © Water for Elephants Trust

When the dry season sets in and water is scarce, barriers blur and relationships are forged out of necessity. One such relationship is that of Benny the elephant and Mike the human.

My ‘Delta Detox’ mobile safari experience

A tented mobile safari in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, offers guests incredible wildlife encounters and exclusive tailor-made excursions.

News wrap: Rhino horns smuggled as trinkets plus elephants tragically killed

The past few days have seen a report revealing how rhino horns are now being processed into trinkets for smuggling, the nine elephants that tragically died in a freak electrocution accident, the chaotic scenes of congestion on Kruger roads, and the announcement of the passing of an old bull elephant.

9 Elephants die in freak electrocution accident

In a tragic accident, 9 elephants have died in a freak accident after being electrocuted by power lines near Sua Pan and a village called Dukwi in Botswana.

Cape Town + bush safari combos

A view of Table Mountain from the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa

How does one exactly combine Cape Town’s summer splendours with a wild Big 5 bushveld safari? We provide four fantastic summer/autumn combos!

The best places to see wild lions in Africa

lion viewing from a game drive vehicle, Khwai, Botswana

Aptly named the ‘King of Beasts’, lions are an iconic African wildlife species and are often high up on many travellers’ list of things to see when visiting Africa.

Video: Breakfast on the run in the Okavango Delta

lioness with warthog kill © Glen Stephen

In our frenetic lives, it’s the norm to grab that cup of coffee, a bowl of Cornflakes and the car keys – all on the run. Ironically, in Africa, breakfast on the run is not a rushed affair. Timing is everything, and patience is a virtue especially for the lions in the Okavango Delta.

Photographic hide: Capturing animals with a smartphone

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A photographic experience in the hides can be captured with a simple smartphone. On more than one occasion, a camera lens brought the elephants too close and I had to resort to my smartphone to capture the herds as they came to drink, one herd after another.

Leopard and her cubs share in Kudu feast

leopard and three-month-old cub, Khwai Concession, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

This was nature at its rawest – a spectacularly unique yet harrowing sighting in the Khwai Concession which borders Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana.

‘Shoot-to-kill’ policy for poachers, say Botswana academics

South Africa should implement a ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy for poachers, suggest Botswana academics Goemeone EJ Mogomotsi and Patricia Kelilwe Madigele in a report titled ‘Live by the gun, die by the gun’.

6 Reasons why you should visit Botswana

Botswana is rich in culture and wildlife, and here are six reasons that will definitely inspire you to visit this amazing country.

Lionesses take down buffalo

Guests at Ngoma Safari Lodge in Botswana were fortunate enough to witness this rather gruesome but incredible sighting whilst on a game drive through Chobe National Park: Three lionesses bring down a lone buffalo bull – and it’s not a pretty sight!

Africa’s longest land migration revealed – can you guess?

Witnessing approximately 30,000 striped steeds move across the Kalahari Desert as they journey to the remote, and briefly fertile salt pans of the Okavango Delta, is an unforgettable sight.

Returning to Mashatu

I was enthralled by my initial visit to Mashatu in 2015, so this year I returned to this beautiful game reserve located in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, Botswana. The stand out feature of Mashatu is their photographic hide which allows you to experience the magnificent wildlife at very close quarters!

Video: Elephant calf rescue

The compassion of an elephant herd is evident when an Elephant calf falls down a hole and the entire herd come to its rescue

Lion up close at a photographic hide

The first time I heard it, it was far away. “Listen! Lion calling!” I told the guests who has joined me for a morning session in the photographic hide in Mashatu, Botswana.

Close-up elephant encounters in Botswana’s Moremi Reserve

Front row seats at Hyena Pan tented camp allow you to witness elephants close up from the comfort of the deck.

We dream of Africa

We dream of Africa frequently, even those living in Africa can dream of an Africa that is molded from a picture, a book or a dream. Africa is a place where one can develop ambitions; craft out personal stories and fulfill desires. The above scenarios were all sculptured from our own experiences and from what we have stored deep in our brain that is locked and saved forever.

It’s butterfly time in the Tuli wilderness

It’s butterfly time in one of Botswana’s best kept secret corners: the rugged verges of the Limpopo River called the Tuli Block.

Botswana: A first in a lifetime safari experience!

I now know what all those people meant when they told me that Botswana is “something else”. They couldn’t explain it in words and neither can I. Come and visit this beautiful country to see for yourself, there are very few places of such natural, pristine beauty left in the world and Botswana is definitely one of them.

Okavango Delta: experiencing the views from the water, land and air

@Jessica Lohmann okavango delta

I was with my family on a 3-week African tour last winter and after Day 6, we were a bit exhausted from traveling and safari touring. Little did I know that the next two days were going to be equally relaxing and exhilarating. We observed the Okavango Delta from the water, on land and up in the air. These three different perspectives gave me the welcoming feeling of actually belonging there.

6 tips to sketch a cheetah hunt

Alison Nicholls shares tips for sketching hunting cheetahs.

Video: young lions form alliance in Botswana

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An alliance between five young male lions is brewing close to Khwai Tented Camp, Botswana.

Botswana – the ultimate family holiday

Botswana is fast becoming a popular family destination as it is safe and stable, plus many lodges and safari companies have relaxed their minimum age requirements and are offering lower prices for children.

Botswana on a budget – is it possible?

When you think of Botswana you probably picture spectacular vast landscapes, impressive wildlife and a luxury safari lodge offering ultimate exclusivity. You also might imagine sky high prices, and for the budget conscious traveller it is a destination out of reach. Well, Botswana Holidays are here to tell you that you’re wrong! Botswana on a budget can be one of the most rewarding trips you’ll ever do.

The predators of the Okavango Delta

The sheer magnificence of the area is enough to warrant a trip alone, however, there’s something special about seeing the wildlife in the delta. Elephants spraying each other, water-loving lions swimming across channels, and more hippos than one could imagine. There’s always something spectacular to be witnessed.

5 facts about elephant shrews

See one of the Big 5 and one of its Little 5 namesakes in the same spot at the same time.

There’s more to a safari than game drives!

From walking trails to horseback riding in the wild, specialised safaris provide a unique experience in Botswana!

A journey through northern Botswana

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Follow the travels of Don and Sarah Samson as they make their way through northern Botswana.

Three destinations in Botswana off the beaten track

Botswana Holidays take a look at three lesser known destinations in Botswana and why you should visit them.

Travelling with a conscience in the Selinda Reserve

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The Selinda Reserve in Botswana is a great example of effective practices in sustainable, eco-conscious travel.

Sustainable travel: how the Okavango Delta is doing good

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Xigera Camp in the Okavango Delta is one of a growing list of camps and lodges across Botswana which are recognised by Fair Trade Tourism

Botswana – the most romantic holiday destination

Consider Botswana as the ultimate destination for your next romantic getaway.

Travel like the Samsons – Mabuasehube, Kang, Ghanzi

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You gently return from a sleep unlike anything before, as the sky is as dark as when your eyes were closed. The stars seem unreal as if they were made from dreams and the air softly brushes against your skin,

Capturing sunsets on camera

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The images you see in this blog are taken on the Okavango River, in Botswana and the Kgalagadi during several sunsets out in the bush.

Video: A lesson in motherhood between two elephant herds in Botswana

On a recent visit to South Africa Botswana we planned a safari that was not restricted by lodge schedules or other guests and could spend as much time as needed on each sighting for him to get the shots that he wanted – and a herd of elephants presented us with just that opportunity!

A trip to the eden of the Okavango Delta

There is no better way, I believe, to conquer a fear of flying, than to visit the Okavango Delta! Of course, I knew that this piece of paradise was well visited and had much to offer – but nothing prepared me for the immense beauty of this country they call “Botswana”.

Botswana’s unique approach to tourism

Botswana gained independence in 1966 and the discovery of diamonds came shortly after. However, while diamonds were to be an industry to nurture, the Botswana government looked long term and decided to focus attention on its wildlife and places of natural beauty as well.

Travel like the Samsons: Kalahari Transfrontier Park (Part Two)

Polentswa, a campsite situated in the heart of the Kalahari, becomes darker than the nights at the arctic once the new moon rises – it shows little mercy to those unable to see at night.

Everything you need to know about self-driving in Botswana

Home to some of the last remaining unspoilt wilderness areas in the world, Botswana is a self-drivers haven.

Botswana bans elephant-back rides

From the end of this month, no elephants will be permitted to be ridden in Botswana. Abu Camp, the only facility that allowed elephant back riding in the country, has been directed to terminate its elephant back safaris.

Botswana is the ideal destination for solo travellers

Travelling alone can be a slightly daunting prospect, knowing that you are going all the way to a remote location on your own, with little knowledge of the people or country itself.

Why you want to be seen at the Botswana trade & tourism expo (BTTE)

November 2016 saw Botswana Trade & Tourism Expo celebrate its 4th year. Year on year the show has grown in popularity and success, this year welcoming over 130 international tour operators to Kasane with increased support from a staggering amount of sponsors.

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