Botswana flying safaris
Have you ever wanted to explore almost all places in a country but have limited time to do that? The solution to all this is by contacting your tour operator and getting yourself a plane that will take you to the different destinations and on time. Flying safaris in Botswana have been introduced and many tourists are now opting to try them out especially those that love photography
Botswana is a landlocked country that is located in the southern part of Southern Africa and one of the best destinations on the African continent for all those that love safaris. Flying through Botswana has become a trend for many tourists and although it is a bit expensive, it is a very good way to travel around the country while avoiding jam, the bad roads which are sometimes inaccessible especially during the wet season. The flying safaris give you a good view of the various destinations and it is also another way for you to explore them from a different perspective.
There are many flight companies that offer flying safaris within Botswana and most of these carry about two to four passengers only. The different tourist destinations especially National parks all have mini air strips where you can land after exploring them from above. It is also the fastest way to travel from one destination to the next especially if you have limited time to tour the country and you also get to avoid the bad roads. Most of the flying safaris to the different destinations in Botswana are arranged from Maun and here you will find many light aircrafts that are used by the different tour operators ready to take you to the different destinations that you would want to go to.
Flying safaris in Botswana go to different destinations and these always offer special services to their clients some of which are:
- The aero planes that take people around Botswana are always equipped with medical supplies so that in case of an emergency, the tourists are well taken care of.
- Flying safaris are always good for photography safaris and some of these aero planes have photography equipment ready for their passengers.
- Most of the light aircraft that is used for tourists have no doors and this was done to help tourists easily take photographs of the various destinations within the country.
You will also need to pack yourself some snacks and water before you head out for a flying safari and the different destinations that you can fly to while in Botswana include the following:
Flying safari to the Okavango delta
The Okavango delta also known as the Jewel of Botswana is a UNESCO heritage site that is a home to some of the best wild life species in the country. The Okavango delta is an all year round place for tourists to visit although the wet season is a bit hard due to the fact that it is always flooded but this can be remedied when you fly over the delta. You will be rewarded with an aerial view of the delta and all the animals that reside in it like the lions, leopards, crocodiles, hippos, antelopes, hyenas both the spotted and brown ones, buffalos, elephants and the many bird species that fly around the delta like the king fishers, African fish skimmers, ducks and many more others. You will also get to see the San settlements that are within the delta and the good thing about flying safaris in the Okavango delta is that you can fly from one camp to the next.
Flying safari to the Linyanti game reserve
The Linyanti game reserve is located between the Okavango delta and the chobe national park and its strategic location makes it a good place for one to go for a flying safari. It is a privately owned game reserve which is known by the locals as the land of giants due to the large number of elephants that habitate within the reserve. If you want to go for a flying safari to the Linyanti game reserve, you will need permission from the authorities that run the reserve in order for you to be allowed to fly above the reserve and probably land so that you can get a clear view of the animals that habitate within the reserve. Some of the wild life that you will get to see when you get to fly around the Linyanti area include the African fish skimmer, racket tailed roller, the long toed lapwing, the wattled crane, red billed hornbill and red billed oxpecker, the African darter, the pennant winged nightjar, squacco heron, the African finfoot, the white backed night heron, the sable antelopes, crocodiles, sitatunga African wild dogs, hippos, the roan antelopes, buffalos, waterbucks, zebras, impalas, kudus, lions, leopards, elephants, the red Lechwe and many more other species.
Flying safari over the Chobe national park
The Chobe National park is one of the biggest National parks in the country and a good destination for many tourists. It is easy for one to go for a flying safari in Chobe for as long as the weather that is experienced is conducive for a plane to fly. The Chobe just like the Okavango delta also has a lot to offer to tourists and you can fly from one camp to another as you watch the birds and the animals that habitate within the National Park. Some of the animals and birds that you will see in the Chobe National park include the African fish skimmer, the African darter, squacco heron, the long toed lapwing, the African finfoot, the white backed night heron, the Impalas, jackals, crocodiles, hippos, lions, leopards, buffalos, zebras, pennant winged nightjar, elephants and many more other species.
Flying safari over the Kalahari Desert
The Kalahari Desert is also a top flying destination in Botswana and it is best visited while in a light aircraft due to the harsh weather conditions that are experienced within the Kalahari. The Kalahari is a home to the central Kalahari game reserve and just like any other National park in the country, it is a home to many wild life species that have gotten used to the harsh weather conditions. For all those that love photographs, this is the best way for you to take photos of this large expanse of a Desert, the San Bushmen and their accommodations and the wild life from above. Although it is advisable to avoid flying to the Kalahari when it is experiencing the Kalahari storms because it might bring down the light aircraft but besides that the things that the Kalahari Desert has in stock for all tourists include the Oryx, black maned lions, the jackals, hartebeest, white rhinos, Kori bustard, cape wild dog, the south African cheetah, the pel’s fishing owl, the bat eared fox, buffalos, both the spotted and black hyenas, the white backed white heron, leopards, blue wildebeest and many more other species and not forgetting the expanse Desert its self.
Flying safari to Savuti
Savuti is a privately owned game reserve which is located next to the Linyanti game reserve, Chobe National park and the Okavango delta. It is known for its large number of predators and the best way to do this is by flying over the reserve and going for a game drive after landing in the gazetted area by the authorities that run the game reserve. The wild life that you will be able to see when you visit the Savuti game reserve include leopards, lions, brown hyenas, spotted hyenas, elephants, lions, buffalos, hippos, zebras, baboons, antelopes, African wild dogs, kudus, impalas, Kori bustards and many more other interesting wild life species.
Flying safari over the Victoria Falls
The Victoria Falls can easily be accessed from any one of the many camps that are located within the Chobe National Park. Getting close to them is extremely hard especially after the rains have come down as it increases the water levels which can make you wet especially if you have taken the walking safari to the falls. The view that is given off by the Victoria Falls from above is one that you cannot dare to miss and it will be a good time for you to also take photos of the falls.
Getting to Botswana is quite easy as there are several planes that land into the country but getting around is a bit hard and one has to be vigilant of the means of transport that they use even when it is flying within the country to the many destinations in the country. There will be a lot of people dragging you to their planes but you need to be careful and that is why it is advisable that you let your tour operator take you around with their light air craft and if you are still not contented, feel free to research about the flying safaris in Botswana before you make the trip to the country.