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Digital Subscriptions > Travel Africa > January-March 2017 (77) > New to Africa

New to Africa

Richard Beck is blown away by southern Africa’s wildlife, clear night sky and top-notch camps and lodges on his first safari

I doubt if there is anyone who likes to travel that hasn’t been intrigued by Africa. When my friend John told me that he was planning a trip to Botswana’s Okavango Delta, I knew this was my chance. We decided to arrive in June, as it was early in the dry season so the plains were still lush after the rains. The weather was perfect, being colder in the morning and reaching the mid-60s to early 70s in the afternoon. After a night in Johannesburg, we flew to Livingstone in Zambia, where we were met by our driver and treated to our first ‘African massage’ on the 5km dirt track that led from the paved highway to our first camp: Islands of Siankaba. We explored the river, ogled at Victoria Falls and called in on a nearby village, talking to the chief and visiting the local school.

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