5 Travel Rules

If you are looking to take a break and really want to unplug and detach from your daily life,  there are 5  travel rules you need to abide by to get the most of your experience.

1. Travel with someone you love

There is no point in sharing a special moment with someone that does not add value to your life, or at least someone that doesn’t’ share your passion or have the same dreams as you. If you do, you will regret this time wasted. activities_ travel_ blog_ venues4africa

2. Collect moments not things

Things wear out, they get lost, they lose importance and value with time, at some point you will even forget you ever collected something. But moments will always stay attached to your mind and the memories are unforgettable. Take loads of pictures, loads of selfies, capture every moment.

3. Indulge

Be adventurous and try something you’ve never done before. Try skydiving, bungee jumping, shark cage diving, whatever it is you choose to do, be sure it gets your blood rushing. Eat a lot and drink a lot- otherwise there no point of travelling in the first place. And don’t hesitate to try the weird food too!things to do_travel-blog_venues4africa

4. Don’t regret anything

If you spend too much money and go over your budget – don’t regret it, because it’s money well-spent. Remember travelling is not about money, it’s about courage. Do and see everything you possibly can and make sure you do not regret not having done something – that will just be a total waste of time and energy.

5. Share the experience

Be sure to always have your smartphone or tablet with you. Take pictures of the food, the drinks, the places that you get to see and post them on social media. Check in at every place you visit – believe it or not, people want to see those pictures and want to know where you’ve been. things to do_ travel_ selfies_ venues4africa

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Botswana Travel : Where to Stay

From the wetlands of the Okavango Delta to the bustling city of Gaborone, Botswana is a diverse and fascinating destination. With so many places boasting spectacular wildlife and views that’ll take your breath away, the task of choosing your Botswana accommodation can be daunting. We’ve put together a list of some of our favourites to get the ball rolling.

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Dinaka Safari Lodge
Dinaka Safari Lodge finds itself in the heart of Botswana- at the northern boundary of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. An intimate lodge with only six tents, Dinaka Safari Lodge showcases some of the most colourful birds, and impressive wildlife that the region has to offer. Be wowed by the harsh beauty of this desert landscape, and see what Botswana travel is really about.

Dinaka Central Kalahari

Meno A Kwena
Meno A Kwena is a safari camp with a difference. Since it’s run by its owner, who pays very careful attention to detail, you can expect your every desire to be met. Choose from eight canvas tents with semi ensuite showers, and wake up with the African sun. Within easy proximity to the Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi Saltpans system and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Meno A Kwena promises to keep your eyes wide with wonder.

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Thamalakane River Lodge
Comfortably on the bank of the Thamalakane River, this African gem is a mere 20 minutes’ from the Maun Airport. Tranquil and serene under the shade of riverine trees, the Thamalakane River Lodge features ten free standing luxury stone and thatch ensuite chalets. Recline on your own private balcony and watch the busy river with a drink in hand as the sun sets.

Thamalakane River Lodge

King’s Pool Camp
Take a trip into the untouched beauty that is the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve in northern Botswana, and treat yourself to a stay at King’s Pool Camp. Enjoy luxury at it’s best and wildlife like no other on the banks of the Linyanti River. Watch elephants walk beneath you as you travel along raised walkways, and immerse yourself in the feeling of Africa.

King's Pool Camp

Selinda Camp
Overlooking the Selinda Spillway, a waterway linking the Okavango Delta with the Linyanti Swamps, Selinda Camp allows you to feel the rhythm of Africa right from your doorstep. With nine spacious tents, each with a panoramic view of the floodplains, you can soak in the surrounding bushveld with ease.

Selinda Camp

Zarafa Camp
Feel the elegance of a bygone era as you look over the stunning Zibadianja Lagoon from one of the four marquis style tents at Zarafa Camp. A personalised and intimate Botswana Travel experience, Zarafa Camp is the ideal location to put your feet up and take in all the magic of the African bush.

Zafara Camp

There’s no doubt that Botswana travel is wild and rewarding. Visit Venues4Africa to browse a wide selection of Botswana accommodation and start planning your trip today!

An Essential Guide to the Okavango Delta

Your flights to Botswana are booked, and the great Okavango Delta awaits you. You’ve heard it’s exceptional in its beauty. You’ve heard it’s wild and luscious. You’ve heard it’s enormous.

Spanning a whopping 15 000 square kilometres, we don’t blame you for not knowing where to start. We picked out a few essential DO’s and DON’T’s to make sure you get the most out of your oasis experience!

Image Credit- venues4africaDO bring a good camera (and extra battery pack)
The Okavango Delta is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to boast about it after the fact now would you?

DON’T be scared away by winter
The winter months are actually the best time to visit the Delta. The waters build in the mountains of Angola and flood into the wetlands around May. The water levels are at their highest between July and September, and with the water comes the wildlife. Though the summer months are incredible for the influx of migrating birds, and sprouting new life. So, don’t worry, you can’t really go wrong.

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DO pack your binoculars
If bird-watching is what you’re looking for, you’re heading in the right direction. With over 400 different species of bird, you’ll be able to spend hours completing your checklist. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to spot the rare Pel’s Fishing Owl, which makes the freshwater wetland its home.

DON’T forget the bug spray
While most game drives and campsites will make sure that you’re comfortable, bring your own bug protection to be sure you don’t get bothered by the odd buzz. Peaceful Sleep works wonders, with a smell that isn’t too overpowering.

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DO make sure you’re temperature-ready
The heart of the Kalahari is known for being swelteringly hot during the summer months, and bitterly cold when winter hits. Make sure you’re prepared with warm jackets and thick socks for night-time game drives in winter, and light, sun-proof clothing in summer.

DON’T be too relaxed!
Camps like Jao Camp and Thamalakane River Lodge to name just two, are so beautiful it’s hard not to indulge in the luxury of your temporary home. But make sure you take full advantage of the activities on offer! Canoe-like boats called mokoro’s are a Delta treat, so be sure to take a trip on one! Walking safaris are also an absolute must.

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For more information on where to find more about these and more Botswana accommodation, visit venues4africa.com.

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