We’re no strangers to Botswana safaris, but since we aren’t on safari every day, a chance to see it on film has us scrambling to set our DVRs. Consider us ready for the acclaimed Into The Okavango National Geographic documentary to make its small screen debut. Named an Official Selection at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, the film documents the sweeping landscapes and wild animals that are unique to the region and, sadly, increasingly threatened. Ahead of its world premiere on Nat Geo Wild, we’re taking a look at how travelers can go Into The Okavango with Ker & Downey.
A walking safari in Botswana gets you up close to its varied wildlife. You’re escorted by rangers and guides the entire way, and they will help you learn the signs of life in the Delta. A trip on foot is often combined with a mokoro ride along the water; you can see the explorers in the film navigating in the same manner. These hollowed-out canoe-like vessels are ideal for gliding along the Delta waters. Quietly float next to families of elephants and spot birds overhead as you drift. If you’re ready to get up-close in the Okavango Delta, our Botswana Walking Safari suggested journey is a good place to start.
By day, the UNESCO-honored Okavango Delta region is a feast for the senses. At night, a sleep out under the stars offers an uninterrupted view of pristine night sky. Try the completely open-air sleep out deck at Kanana Camp, or go a little farther off the grid on a horseback safari adventure. While you snooze in the unique tree house, your horses get to spend the night in the barn nearby. There are lots of places to sleep out on safari; here are a few more of our favorites.
National Geographic filmmakers focus on the importance of the Okavango Delta to ecosystems in central and southern Africa. It’s a need we recognize too, and for years we have been partnering with organizations that do good for its at-risk animal and human populations.
“[The Okavango Delta] is this unique sanctuary for regional biodiversity. If we were to lose this, we would lose the security for thousands of species in this part of the world.” – Steve Boyes, Into The Okavango
One of the Delta’s conservation leaders is Great Plains Conservation, founded by National Geographic contributing photographers Dereck and Beverley Joubert. Staying at their safari camps directly impacts their mission of protects elephants and rhinos from poaching. Booking a Botswana safari with Ker & Downey also supports Bana Ba Letsatsi and programs for at-risk children in Maun, a city nourished by the waterways. Discover how to travel responsibly in Botswana right here on our blog.
Save the date: Into The Okavango premieres on Nat Geo Wild on Friday, December 14 at 9:00 p.m. EST.
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