A boat cruise and a heli ride!

SHARE   |   Sunday, 25 January 2015   |   By Ivan Moanei

IVAN MOANEI shares his happiest moment when he toured the beautiful Chobe River and the wildlife around it on a boat cruise, a safari truck and a helicopter.
I have had a wonderful adventure during the Travel and Tourism Expo held at the end of last year in Kasane. The scenery was breath-taking and wildlife was in abundance.
The Expo was filled with awesome networking opportunities, informative presentations and entertainment galore. About 500 tourist operators and experts from across the world attended the event. The keynote speakers and presenters alike were on point.
When the talking and workshops had ended it was now time to sample the tourism in the world famous Kasane. The excursion was organised by NAGeo WILD channel and Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO).
This was my first visit to Kasane. What an adventure I had! As a tourism enthusiast, I was looking forward to this nature treat and eager to marvel at the vast wilderness of Botswana. The trip included among others, a helicopter ride and a boat cruise. Although travelling on an aircraft provides for a fascinating view, it is the flights over the Chobe and Okavango Delta that provides some of the highlights of Botswana safari. It gives you a great vantage point completely showing the scope, length and dramatic patterns of the delta and so much more that you cannot see when on the ground. The following afternoon we took a boat cruise along the Chobe River. We saw endless stream of birds and grazing wildlife along the river bank from the unique view point of the boat. Chobe River is home to the largest elephants herds. It has big numbers of big game such as buffaloes, hippos and lions, along with astonishing variety of birds such as fish eagles. Besides all this beautiful scenery, a sheer thrill of boat cruising on the Chobe River and feeling the breeze on your cheeks, while sipping your beverage at the same time, was certainly exciting enough.
On the last day we took a slow drive along the bank of Chobe River. Game viewing normally takes place alongside waterways and flood plains. We barely left for the game drive when we experienced yet another of the Chobe’s wonders, a group of Elephants crossing the road. Wow, what an exciting site! Our tour guide knew exactly how far to stay away to encourage the elephants to make way.
We stayed at the delightful Bridgetown, which not only provided a friendly lodging but a lovely restaurant/bar and a pool. This was one of the most pleasant stays I have ever had in a lodge. You wake up to the sweet sounds of birds chirping. This was enhanced further by the perfect hospitality of the host.

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