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In the real United Kingdom

Posted in DESTINATIONS By Maggie O' Sullivan

If, like us, you were bowled over by A United Kingdom, the story of Seretse Khama and Londoner Ruth Williams, then it's time to plan a trip to Botswana. Here are five different ways to see the Okavango Delta. In all cases, contact the operator for prices.

Sheer luxury

Belmond Eagle Island Lodge, above, is set on a private island and is Botswana's ultimate water and experience-based retreat. The lodge, which was rebuilt last year, has recently introduced the region’s first helicopter and horseback safari, combining an aerial safari by private helicopter with a horseback ride through one of the world’s last true remaining wildernesses. Minimum two-night stay.Botswana mobile safari, Aardvark SafarisOld-school style

Aardvark’s mobile safaris hark back to a simpler time before ensuite bathrooms and private swimming pools and are perfect for those wishing to explore pristine wilderness. The safaris are led by experienced guides and move every two or three days , travelling to the best game viewing areas in reserves and parks well beyond the reach of most lodges. Specialist options, depending on your interests, can also be included in the trip.Sanctuary Chief's Camp, BotswanaNew and improved

Sanctuary Chief's Camp has recently re-opened after a complete re-build. The camp now offers 10 new stylish pavilions and a superb suite, The Geoffrey Kent Luxury Suite, all with incredible views over the surrounding Okavango Delta.  Bathrooms, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, also have a spacious outdoor shower and a large bath tub – perfect for soaking in after a day's game viewing. The camp belongs to the Sanctuary Retreats' collection of luxury safari lodges, each designed and operated around the philosophy of 'Luxury, naturally'. Bush Buddy Programme, Wilderness SafarisFamily fun

Wilderness Safaris are particularly good for family-friendly safaris, with a Bush Buddy Programme that encourages children to learn about the wildlife and natural environment around them. Seba Camp offers family units with different configurations so that you can choose the one best suited to your family; each family suite also has its own private plunge pool. Activities include elemental photography or catch-and-release fishing for older children, while younger guests can paint with natural bush powder-paints or make a scrapbook. After dinner, the children can sit by the fire and listen to traditional Botswana stories or they can learn how to dance like the locals. 

Botswana, On The Go ToursGo it alone

You might think safaris are only for couples, groups or families, but they can work surprisingly well for solo travellers as game-drives are organised and dining is often communal anyway. But if you prefer to travel with fellow singles, On The Go Tours offers a number of trips to Botswana, including the 13-night Botswana Untouched, staying at mid-range lodges and permanent tented camps. 

BY MAGGIE O'SULLIVAN

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