Travelling with Atelier Africa Safaris, travel story:
Botswana: To the rhythm of the river
Touch down in Botswana
Our departure from Kasane Airport was something amateurish, or should we say ‘pleasant’? Even though they try to achieve international standards, it doesn’t work. Perhaps because the metal detector plug was not plugged into the socket. With a plane that begs for turbulence, a twelve-seater Kodiak from the regional society Safari Link, piloted by a good-looking bush pilot in shorts, we fly at four hundred metres above the savannah. We are struck by the brown green and blue colour palette, the vast expanse and the unimaginable void; no roads, no settlements. The warning from our pilot for ‘some bumps’ was no joke, the toy airplane is buckling and shaking. Two stopovers and ninety minutes later we land on an unpaved, dusty track where the terminal is a wooden shed. Some joker painted ‘Terminal 5’ on the welcome plate. A few giraffes watch unmoved at a distance. Next to them, a moss-green Toyota Land Cruiser, our transfer to Okuti Camp, a nice spot along the Maunachira River, one of four lodges of the small-scale Ker & Downey chain. And they take that serious here. Maximum ten guests is the motto.