Pitch a tent on prime river real estate at the only campsite inside Chobe National Park for an unfenced and wild evening in this incredible wilderness..
2016 means I've beginning my fourth year as a travel journalist at Getaway Magazine. Sjoe, it's gone by in a flash!
Over the last year I visited some really incredible places in Southern Africa, here's a collection of my favourite photographs and travel experiences from 2015.
Did you know that the Okavango Delta is visible from space? Yep. This enormous green mass is one of Africa’s greatest and wildest nature areas.
Recently named a UNESCO world heritage site, the Okavango Delta is an entrancing beauty best appreciated from above. Here's what it's like to see these incredible wetlands from the sky.
With a map of Botswana open in front of us my family and I pore over a long strip of black tar tagged the A3 that stretches across the country from Francistown in the east to the blue puddle of the Okavango Delta in the west. Growing up, my sister Shelby and I were always in charge of navigation, keeping us keenly aware of our route so we knew which dorpies we passed through, which were worth stopping at for homemade rusks and which to skip in favour of an old pass instead.
We’ve covered this particular highway route before as a family, but always made the mistake of sprinting past the big network of salt pans, including the Makgadikgadi and Nxai, towards the greener views of Maun. This time, we turned off the tar because of a century-old watercolour.
Planning is a great part of travel. Researching the route, the budget, the visa and finding the best places to stop builds excitement, lengthens the journey and makes the adventure a little more tangible. Last year my folks introduced me to a quirky stop on the edge of the Makgadigadi pans and I’ll be visiting again in 2015 during an epic ten-day Botswana road trip.
I'm eternally grateful to them for introducing me to the best bar in Botswana.
2014 has been exceptionally good to me. I've basked amongst Baobabs in Botswana, strolled through snow in Lesotho, meandered through misty Magoebaskloof and tackled the surf pipes in Plettenberg Bay.
Here are 15 of my favourite experiences in Southern Africa that travellers need to try in 2015.
Crowning Botswana's north, Chobe National Park was the country's first national park and is rumoured to have one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa.
The best way to soak up this incredible river-side wildlife? Beautifully by boat.