Article by Melanie van Zyl
Melanie van Zyl packs a family into a 4×4 camper for a 3000-kilometre trip to see the best of Botswana in 10 adventure-charged days – all for less than R9500 per person.
What was that?’
Sitting around the fire in Savuti, braaibroodjies crisping in front of us and boerewors spitting beside them, we hear branches rustling in the blackness. Ears prick and only the flames dare move. ‘I think it’s behind you.’
Those words top the list of ‘things you do not want to hear when camping in the unfenced wilderness of the Savuti marsh’. Famed for an abundance of feline predators, Savuti has just 14 campsites and we’d been warned about nocturnal visitors, to the extent that it’s forbidden to walk to the loos.