The second part of our Botswana safari adventure takes us to even more stupendous places that this magical country has to offer. We take travel to mysterious Lake Ngami, take to the water on an Okavango Delta canoe ride and cross a sea of salt to discover Kubu Island.
Kubu Island was named after former inhabitants of the rock that happened to be an enormous population of Hippos. At the same time the hippos cohabited with humans on what can only be described as little more than a rocky isle filled with baobabs. This white rocky outcrop is surrounded by a sea of salt, so it is disputable if it can be called an actual island today at all. If you love camping then this island has many great campsites, so you can stay and take in all the prehistoric and ancient shrines at your leisure.
Lake Ngami harbors many secrets, in fact it is a magical disappearing lake that asks many questions about its very own existence. The lake was discovered in 1849 by the intrepid explorer Dr. David Livingstone and promptly it disappeared from view.
It was not until the end of the 19th Century that it chose to reappear and once again this mysterious lake could be seen. The lake has been choosing to do its invisible cloak at will over the years and has been intermittently been hiding from view or visible at its own pleasure. In 2000 it chose to reappear once more and is still visible today.
When it does decide to be present, Lake Ngami is home to a vast array of exotic birds including, flamingos, kingfishers, gulls, pelicans, ibises, eagles and storks. Possibly it is Botswana’s best location for bird twitchers, but do not hesitate, go now and visit or it may just decide to hide again soon.
Okavango Delta Canoe Ride
Taking to the water in a canoe is a really exciting way to see parts of Botswana, and the Okavango Delta provides the perfect location for you to start paddling. Seeing the wildlife from the water’s prospective is a really special privilege and perfect for taking in the daily drama of the local residents. Paddling serenely on the calm water you can peer at the jungle either side and hear lion’s roars and hysterical laughing from hyenas.
There are rustic accommodations en route and it is highly recommended that you spend at least one night in the inner delta as it will be an experience that will last a lifetime in your memory. In a way the delta offers the most exclusive form of safari as you will get up front and personal with many wild creatures that you would have never seen in the flesh before.
We put down our paddles and leave the Okavango Delta behind us as we head to the third and concluding part of our blog. In part three of things to do and see in Botswana we venture up to Tsodilo Hills, visit the Moremi Reserve and go mountain biking at Mashatu.