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A safari in northern Botswana takes the traveller to a wilderness populated almost exclusively by wildlife. Here are the predators and their prey; here, too, are the elephants, the hippos and the astonishing birdlife of the Okavango Delta. This third edition of Bradt's "Botswana Safari Guide: Okavango, Kalahari, Chobe Desert" provides unrivalled coverage of the region's wildlife, environment and history, as well as a thorough evaluation of when, where and how to go.
Accommodation options for all budgets - from lodges to camps and hotels - are fully revised and updated. Chris McIntyre is a director of a UK travel company specialising in southern Africa. He travels regularly throughout the region, including extended trips to Botswana.
Introduction PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION Chapter 1 History and Economy History, Government and administration, Economy Chapter 2 People and Culture Population overview, Social groups or 'tribes,' Language, Religion, Education, Culture Chapter 3 The Natural Environment Physical environment, Flora and fauna, Conservation Chapter 4 Planning and Preparation Wehn to go and highlights, Organising and booking your trip, Red tape, Getting there and away, Money and budgeting, What to take, Getting around, Accommodation, Food and drink, What to buy, Communications and the media, Giving something back Chapter 5 Health and Safety Chapter 6 Into the Wilds Driving, Bush camping, Walking in the bush, Boating, Minimum impact PART TWO THE GUIDE Chapter 7 Maun Getting there and away, Orientation, Getting around, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, NIghtlife, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do, Beyond Maun: getting organised, The road north of Maun: to Moremi and Chobe Chapter 8 Kasane and the Northeast Kasane, Around Kasane, South of Kasane Chapter 9 Chobe National Park and Forest Reserve Background information, Getting organised, Chobe riverfront, Driving from Kasane to Savuti, Chobe Forest Reserve, Liambezi area, Ngwezumba Pans, Savuti, Driving south from Savuti, Linyanti Chapter 10 Linyanti, Selinda and Kwando Reserves Background information, Linyanti Concession (NG15), Selinda Concession (NG16), Kwando Concession (NG14) Chapter 11 The Okavango Delta - Moremi Game Reserve Background information, The Mopane Tongue, The private areas of Moremi (NG28) Chapter 12 The Okavango Delta - Private Reserves around Moremi Mapula and Gudigwa (NG12), Khwai Community Concessions (NG18 and NG19), Kwara (NG20), Xugana, Camp Okavango and Shinde (NG21), Vumbura and Duba Plains (NG22 and NG23), Community area (NG24), Jao, Kwetsani, Jacana and Tubu Tree (NG25), Abu, Seba and Macatoo (NG26), Pom Pom, Kanana and Nxabega (NG27A), Delta, Oddballs', Gunn's and Eagle Island (NG27B), Xigera, Mombo and Chief's Camp (NG28), Gubanare, Xudum, Xaranna and OHS (NG29 and NG30), Chitabe and Sandibe (NG31), Stanley's, Baines' and budget mokoro trips (NG32), Santawani Partnership (NG33), Sankuyo Tswaragano Community Trust and Moremi Tented Camp (NG34), Mababe (NG41), and Mankwe (NG43) Chapter 13 The Okavango Panhandle and Northwest Kalahari The Panhandle, The Delta's western fringes, The northwest Kalahari Chapter 14 The Kalahari's Great Salt Pans Background information, Getting organised, Nxai Pan National Park, Makgadikgadi Pans, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Towns around the pans Chapter 15 The Central Kalahari Background information, Practical information, What to see and do Chapter 16 Livingstone and the Victoria Falls History, Geology, Livingstone, What to see and do Appendix I Wildlife Guide Appendix 2 Language Appendix 3 Further Reading Index
Chris McIntyre is a director of a UK travel company specialising in southern Africa. He travels regularly throughout the region, including extended trips to Botswana.
'There can be few people better qualified to write a travel guide on Botswana than Chris McIntyre...Like all good guide books, this is packed with all kinds of practical and wide-ranging advice - from driving near elephants to maps with GPS references and how to shake hands Botswana style...What's more, even the nuts-and-bolts sections are well-written and make enjoyable reading. In particular, the region-by-region chapters on the country's reserves, camps and lodges had me longing to jump on the first plane to Maun. Each area is painstakingly described - clearly the result of meticulous first-hand research...If you can take only one book to Botswana, make sure it's this one.'
- BBC Wildlife
'Gives a complete coverage of this unique ecosystem and its bird and plant life.'
- NHBS (Natural History Book Services)
'The definitive guide for wildlife enthusiasts.' Wanderlust '...excellent companion for your Okavango trip.'
- Travel Africa