Monday, 25 June 2012 8:43 AM
Africa is home to a variety of places ideal for an adventurous safari, but if you want to experience a holiday that will really get your adrenaline going, head to Botswana. Read on for just some of the exciting activities you can take part in here.
Botswana's Okavango Delta is the place to head to when visiting this southern African nation, as it is home to spectacular landscape that changes month in, month out. Depending on what time of the year you visit, you will experience a different setting – and an entirely unique safari.
This is because during the dry months of between May and October, the otherwise arid Okavango Delta fills with gallons upon gallons of floodwater from the Angolan Highlands. The water makes its way down the mountains and reaches the plains here where it spreads out across the land and finds crooks and crevices for it to fill.
If you come at the beginning of the dry season, you will find channels beginning to flood with the water, while a few months later the land will be nearly entirely covered in deep freshwater lakes.
As a result of this annual occurrence, the sandy expanse bursts into life, and the water together with the sudden growth of vegetation encourages huge groups of wildlife to head here from the dry Kalahari Desert. You will get to experience a number of close encounters with Africa's indigenous creatures by coming here, and of course, the best way to experience this is on the water.
Many people who embark on a unique safari in Botswana choose to hop in a dugout canoe and wade through the tall reeds and glide through the freshwater. These shallow canoes will give you the chance to get very close to the surface indeed and you'll find a range of creatures nearby, all escaping the intense heat.
Keep an eye out for crocodiles and hippos in the water, while snakes may sunbathe on the banks and elephants will come in groups to bathe and cool down in the lakes and replenish their thirst. Indeed, many creatures travel for weeks during the hottest part of the year to make it to the Okavango Delta, where they will find water and vegetation they can't access anywhere else.
This could also be a great opportunity to spot four-legged creatures, as they often make their way to secluded islets, away from danger and near to a refreshing supply of water. Look out for lions, as well as other big cats.
A river safari isn't the only adventurous thing you can enjoy here, and for those who get a kick out of going on small flights, there are plenty of opportunities to take to the skies. Hop in a helicopter or light aircraft to take a look at the impressive landscape of the delta. This is a sight not to miss, as it is only from the air that you will truly appreciate the floodwaters filling the plains. You will see the veins of the channels of water bleeding out into the savannah, with the mountains and desert in the distance depending on where you look.
There are several wonderful ways to experience the Okavango Delta, but with so many breathtaking sights to see, you will enjoy a memorable holiday whatever you decide to do.