THE GREAT NORTH­ERN LOOP

go! Botswana - - Eds’ Letter -

DAY 1 South­ern Botswana

To­day you’ll travel from South Africa to south­ern Botswana. Your overnight stop will de­pend on where in South Africa your trip starts. If you live far away, like in Cape Town, it can take two days to reach Botswana.

If you depart from the West­ern Cape, Eastern Cape or North­ern Cape, try to reach a town like Kang. (See the map on page 15.) If you depart from the Free State, Gaut­eng, North West, Lim­popo or Mpumalanga, you can stay near Palapye, Serowe or even Fran­cis­town.

See page 22 for ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions in and around these towns.

DAY 2 Maun

The main rea­son to spend a night or two in Maun is to take a flight over the Oka­vango Delta. It’s also a good place to buy food sup­plies be­cause shops will be rare on the road ahead.

The Delta proper is in­ac­ces­si­ble (read “too ex­pen­sive”) for the av­er­age trav­eller, but from the sky you can get a good idea of what it looks like. A scenic flight is also pricey, but if you go as a group, the rate comes down. Think of it as one of those spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ences where the ex­tra rands you spend will buy you un­for­get­table mem­o­ries.

Re­mem­ber the money you shelled out to see Bruce Spring­steen live? Same thing.

See page 62 for places to stay in Maun and flight in­for­ma­tion.

DAY 3 Oka­vango Pan­han­dle

From Maun, drive to Se­hithwa

THE JOUR­NEY NORTH SAFE SWIM­MING. Read­ers Gabriël and Ellen van der Merwe at Ngepi Camp’s croc-proof pool in the Oka­vango River.

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