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[Maun, Botswana, June 17. Image via Getty]

A girl takes a photograph as she takes a boat ride in the Okavango Delta from Jao Luxury Safari Camp on June 18, 2010 in Maun, Botswana. Camps run by Wilderness Safaris such as Jao and Kingspool situated deep in the water land of Botswana's Okavango delta rely on high-end luxury tourism with rooms costing upwards of USD 800 per person, per night in peak season. It has always been the policy of Botswana to concentrate on low volume, high value tourism, However with the recent economic downturn many of the lodges are suffering with a lack of bookings. The Okavango Delta (or Okavango Swamp), in Botswana, is the world's largest inland delta and is home to an abundance of wildlife.


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A Small Turnip

I've been there, and it's beeeeeeeautiful. My family went camping for three days in the Okavango Delta when I was ten, and a more magical place I cannot imagine. We travelled in very shallow wooden canoes called mokoros, and I remember trailing my fingers through the icy-cold, glassy-translucent river and being mesmerised by the intense loveliness of it all. Every now and then, we'd hop off onto a little island and go exploring. At one point we were standing ten feet from a peckish elephant, and my mum had to whisper in my ear "Make sure your sneakers are laced up so we can run if we need to, toots. This isn't a zoo."

If you'd love to see it for yourself, please don't be put off by the fancy prices quoted in the Getty blurb above: sure, you can find super-high-end outfits in Botswana, but it also does moderately-priced jaunts really well, too. Promise.