One of the most surprising parts of the trip to Botswana, and I really should not have been surprised, was the caution against walking in the bush. Basically, a guy like me, unable to see what is really going on, becomes part of the food chain. If the predators don’t get you, there are lots of other dangers like poisonous plants and insects!
I don’t mean to over-dramatize the situation, but caution was clearly warranted. As long as we were reasonably quiet and sitting in the vehicle—even though it had no top and was open-sided—the animals didn’t bother with us. Our guides throughout the trip were fabulous, and here in Kwando Lagoon (Linyanti Region) Spencer Mathambo and Gomolemo took particularly good care of us. I’d certainly recommend them, and Kwando Safaris, to anyone traveling in Botswana; to try a trip like this without their skills would be a waste of time and money.
Here are a couple of the reasons for all the caution: