A Wilder­ness Journey with Lonely Planet's Deepa Lakshmin

Embark on an authentic wilderness adventure through Botswana's Okavango Delta, as witnessed by Lonely Planet's social media director Deepa Lakshmin.


Into the Wild: A safari tale with Deepa Lakshmin

In a journey that intertwined adventure with introspection, Deepa Lakshmin, Lonely Planet's director of social media, embarked on an unforgettable safari expedition through the pristine landscapes of Botswana. Teaming up with Natucate and the African Guide Academy, Deepa's expedition offered a unique opportunity to delve deep into the heart of Africa's wild beauty. Her trip was modelled on our Private Wilderness Experience in the Okavango Delta.

For Deepa, the journey began long before she set foot in Botswana. It was rooted in a childhood dream of camping beneath the expansive African skies, surrounded by iconic wildlife. In the Okavango Delta, that dream blossomed into reality as she found herself surrounded by elephants, lions, and leopards.


Camp Life: Roughing it in Botswana's Okavango Delta

Accommodations at Camp Kwapa provided a glimpse into the simplicity and authenticity of living in the bush. Far removed from the comforts of glamping, the tents offered the bare necessities, fostering a profound connection with the natural world around her.

From outdoor bucket showers to nocturnal visits from curious wildlife, every moment at Camp Kwapa was a surprise and formed a more immersive connection with nature.


Encounters in the wild: Tracking wildlife Alan McSmith

Deepa's days were spent exploring the intricate web of life that thrives within the Okavango Delta. Guided by long-time wilderness guide Alan McSmith, she embarked on thrilling expeditions to track big cats and observe elephants at waterholes. Each encounter offered a deeper understanding of the delicate balance of life in the wilderness, underscoring the importance of conservation efforts in safeguarding these precious habitats.

Thats why our guide courses, volunteering programs, and nature trips are designed to provide unique moments in nature as well as knowledge about nature conservation and mindful behaviour in the wilderness.


Deepa's best tips for your Natucate Wilderness Trip

For those eager to embark on a similar journey, Deepa offers practical advice gleaned from her own experiences. Embrace the unpredictability of the wild, she advises, and come prepared with layers for fluctuating temperatures. But above all, leave behind any preconceived notions and open yourself up to the magic of the unknown. In the vast expanse of Botswana's wilderness, the true adventure lies in embracing the unexpected and experiencing the world with fresh eyes.

Deepa, reflecting on her trip, sums up the essence of the experience: "It wasn't about seeing as many animals as possible, it was about seeing what was right in front of me". This feeling emphasises the deep connection with nature and the immersion in the present moment she felt during the wilderness adventure.


Ready to begin your own Wilderness Adventure?

If you feel inspired by Deepa's journey, take the first step towards your own unforgettable wilderness experience. Whether you're a seasoned adventurer or a first-time explorer, our expert guides and different programs offer the perfect opportunity to discover the wonders of Southern Africas untamed wilderness. Book your adventure today and let the magic of the Okavango Delta ignite your spirit for conscious travel!

Don't forget to read Deepa's full article on Lonely Planet for an in-depth look at her incredible journey.

©️All photo credits belong to Alice Greenfield.

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