Into the Wild

When it comes to sa­faris, Botswana has the mar­ket cor­nered. Melissa Twigg checks in at a lux­ury re­treat amid the teem­ing wildlife of the Oka­vango Delta

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life Travel -

obert Red­ford and Meryl Streep would ap­prove of the ar­rival at Bel­mond Ea­gle Is­land Lodge. Af­ter tak­ing off in a tiny pro­pel­ler-driven plane from Maun Air­port in north­ern Botswana, you fly so low over the swamps of the Oka­vango Delta that you can spot the herds of ele­phant splash­ing in the wa­ter, the kudu and im­pala anx­iously check­ing out their sur­round­ings, and even the badly be­haved vervet mon­keys fight­ing in the tree­tops. As you step out into the hot air on the Ea­gle Is­land airstrip, right next to the camp, all you see is a clus­ter of palm trees and dark woods lead­ing to a vast ex­panse of wa­ter.

Grow­ing up with South African par­ents, I’ve spent a lot of time in the bush. I have loved my many trips around Africa, but the hol­i­day I al­ways hark back to is the one we took to the Oka­vango Delta, and I’m not alone; Africa ex­perts, travel guides and game

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