Eight days in the Okavango Delta of Botswana in January. In January, 2015, my wife Jan and I, along with four other couples who are friends, traveled to Botswana for an eight day safari in two camps run by Wilderness Safaris. We had engaged Andy Biggs, a very experienced Professional Photographer and African Safari leader, to organize and guide our trip. It would turn out to be one of the best safari experiences we have had.
Our trip began in Johannesburg, South Africa, after flights from home to Atlanta and then a 16 hour flight to JoBerg. We went a day early (highly recommended) in order to adjust to the long flight and 7 hour time change.
On our free day, we visited a Cheetah rescue organization which I have covered in a Blog post here.
Then, we flew from JoBerg to Maun, Botswana, on a commercial flight and from Maun to our first camp, Vumbura Plains, on a charter flight. I always look forward to the bush flights as it is one of the opportunities to experience the African landscape, usually from a low altitude, which never ceases to amaze me.
January in the Okavango Delta is dry season. In a few months, many of the paths we drove on safari will be flooded and being there will be an entirely different experience. Since, our first trip to Africa in 2004 included the Okavango when full of water, we looked forward to a different experience this time. It did not disappoint.
Our itinerary included four nights at Vumbura Plains and four nights at Mombo Camp. We also chartered a helicopter for a flight over the delta from Vumbura, another experience highly recommended.
So, the images are organized differently in these galleries. Instead of chronological they are grouped by subjects. For me, the highlights of the entire trip were our helicopter flight and leopard and lion sightings. I lumped everything else into catch all galleries.