Raw Botswana

As part of our active safaris story, we chatted to Peter Holbrow of Raw Botswana about Botswana as a destination, its wildlife, and about paddling in this spectacular wilderness area.

True wilderness, no fences, and beautiful landscape.
The coffee service and camp chair on a wooden deck overlooking the trees and African bush on safari at Raw Botswana

What do you love most about Botswana?
True wilderness, no fences and beautiful landscape.

Tell us the story of how you ended up in Botswana. What drew you there? What has made your passion for these places so enduring?
By chance and fell in love with the Okavango Delta and all it has to offer.

The sun is setting. Tea, G&T, or beer?
G&T

What wildlife is Selinda known for? Is there anything in particular people travel to see? What do you recommend guests to the area should be on the lookout for?
Elephant, buffalo, wild dog (resident), roan, sable, lion, zebra, and a whole host of other wildlife and bird life.

What time of year is best for game-viewing? When is the rainy season? When is it unbearably hot? What is the average summer high and winter low temperatures?
End July, August, September, and early October. Rainy season can start in October, but most rain falls between January and the end of March. Spectacular thunder and lightning storms! October is usually very hot.

Is there one thing in this area visitors shouldn’t miss?
We will show you everything of interest.

Is a paddling safari for everyone or do you need to be very fit? On your mekoro safaris, can guests pole their own mekoro?
Guests can try their hand at poling their own mekoro, but it is not as easy as it looks.

Interior of a luxury safari tent with a bed, desk with a hurricane lamp, and bush through the windows at Raw Botswana

What have you found to be your clients’ greatest fears on a canoe safari and what information/advice can you give them to avert those fears?
Hippo are probably most feared; seconded by crocodile.

Anything else to add?
A recent comment on a mekoro trip made by a guest: “So peaceful! So quiet while nature was watching at all times. At one point, we saw at least 12 hippos gazing at us, with eyes above water as our mekoro glided smoothly by! Amazing! Tranquility!”

Blue pool in a wooden deck with deck chairs and hurricane lamps under a wooden shelter overlooking the bush at Raw Botswana
Guests can try their hand at poling their own mokoro but it is not as easy as it looks.
Two wicker chairs on a wooden deck with a hurricane lamp between them overlooking the bush at Raw Botswana

Contact us for more information on going on safari with Raw Botswana:
service@thesafaristore.com

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