Journey to a World Beyond the Usual- Be Wowed
Exploring the niche corners of the world beyond the mainstream destinations appears out of touch for most avid travelers. Traversing through rugged terrain, admiring the stature of the tallest mountain peaks, and observing the exotic wildlife native to distant lands while indulging in distinctive culture is quite the expedition. Destinations such as Botswana in Southern Africa or the wondrous Galápagos Islands of Ecuador stem far and wide beyond the conventional travel excursion with riveting itineraries.
For the discerning traveler, Botswana and the Galápagos Islands offer an unparalleled opportunity to experience nature and unique wildlife sightings like no other place on earth. Located in the heart of Southern Africa, Botswana is a destination for those looking for an authentic African safari experience. From the vast savannas of the Kalahari Desert to the wetlands of the Okavango Delta, you can witness some of the most astonishing wildlife on the continent, including the ‘Big 5’. It is the crown jewel of all safari destinations by a wide margin.
Meanwhile, the Galápagos Islands, located in the Pacific Ocean, are home to unique species that attract wildlife lovers from all over the world. The archipelago comprising of 18 main islands and several smaller islets is famous for its one-of-a-kind flora and fauna that have adapted and evolved over millions of years. The remoteness and geographic isolation allowed the flora and fauna to develop in a unique way, enabling the existence of giant tortoises, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, 14 species of Darwin finches, and an array of endemic plants and animals.
Xplorearth.us, a luxury travel agency founded by the passionate Harsh Patil, is no stranger to these destinations and is committed to serving exclusive and personalized travel itineraries to match both your travel preferences and desired pace of travel. Wondering which destination may intrigue you more? Let’s explore them both.
Glide through the serpentine waterways of Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta in Botswana is one of the most remarkable natural wonders in the world, and an essential centerpiece of any Botswana safari. This vast inland delta covers over 6,000 square miles, making it the largest of its kind on the planet. The delta is fed annually by floods that flow from the Angolan Highlands, creating a stunning landscape of lagoons, channels, and islands. Here you can observe some of the world’s most endangered wildlife including white and black rhinos, resurgent African wild dogs, elusive pangolins and of course predators like lions, cheetahs and leopard. Botswana is also home to the largest elephant population and can be spotted year-round. Finally, few places on earth can boast about multiple sightings of the majestic kudu and the handsome but near extinct sable. The plentiful water resource in the Delta attracts an influx of migratory avian species from as far north as Siberia.
Activities at the crack of dawn or at dusk offer an intimate adventure with a mix of land-based game drives and water excursions. Harsh Patil also recommends you to swap your safari jeep for a guided walking safari to appreciate the finer details of the bush – decipher and follow animal tracks, stop to admire smaller unnoticed animals and insects and to experience the diversity of the savannah from up close.
A serene mokoro ride is the perfect way to immerse oneself and get as close to the ecosystem as possible. Embarking on a hot-air balloon or a scenic helicopter flight over the papyrus choked waterways to capture aerial glimpses of elephant herds, hippos, and skittish giraffe are also incredibly special experiences. The Delta is a photographer’s haven and a wildlife enthusiasts dream come true.
Each season in Botswana presents an exclusive experience with its own unique charm, making any time of the year the perfect time to visit. During the Dry Season, the shorter vegetation makes it easier to spot animals and witness predator-prey interaction as wildlife gravitates towards the remaining waterholes. On the other hand, fresh rains during the Green Season transforms the Delta into a lush green wetland bringing new life to the bush – migratory birds appear and many species give birth providing hunting opportunities for predators as they seek out easy targets.
Botswana is a premium location for African safaris, with many luxe accommodations each vying to outdo the other. Gourmet meals, outdoor showers, bush lunches and sundowner cocktails combined with legendary hospitality deliver a lifetime experience. With fly-in itineraries from xplorearth, you will be flown to camp airstrips by private charter, allowing you to take in the breathtaking views of the African savannah from the get go. Whether you’re a seasoned safari-goer or a first-time visitor, a luxury African safari in Botswana will always be an exotic adventure!
Sailing the Galápagos Islands
Unlock the secrets of the Galápagos Islands, a paradise nestled off the Ecuadorian coast, and explore the unique flora and fauna with Harsh Patil’s expertise. Sail at your own pace on a chartered luxury yacht or small cruise ship, exploring various islands to observe how each of them is home to its own unique species.
On your Galápagos adventure you will spot the famous giant tortoise that weighs up to 500 pounds, sea lions basking in the sun, and various rare species of birds such as the blue-footed booby and the frigate bird. All of the species native to the Galápagos are protected and have been living without fear of humans for several millennia and one can get close enough to hear them breathe! But the Galápagos Islands are more than just wildlife – they are a geological wonder, with volcanic formations, ancient lava flows, turquoise blue waters and pristine beaches. The popular island stops are Santa Cruz, Isabela, San Cristobal, Fernandina, Floreana, and Genovesa.
Xplorearth land and sea itineraries are action-packed adventures with options of kayaking, snorkeling and leisurely hikes through volcanic fields. Knowledgeable local naturalists will enrich you with insights on the wildlife and the landscape that inspired Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. As you swim in remote bays you will be joined by sea turtles, playful seals and all kinds of marine life including harmless sharks. It is like swimming in a vivid live aquarium and the enormity of rich marine treasure will jump out at you.
After a day of exploring one can wind down on the sun deck and watch the glorious romantic sunsets whilst sipping cocktails of your choice. The sumptuous suites and the congenial social areas, fresh gourmet cuisine and an ever-attentive crew combine to make this a luxurious Galápagos journey.
The Galápagos Islands offers an unparalleled ecotourism experience that is both breathtaking and educational. From the unique animals to the stunning landscapes, a visit to these islands will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.
“Galápagos Islands tour or a safari in Botswana are great journeys that can be explored at any time of the year,” says Harsh Patil. “Each xplorearth itinerary is highly customized and immersive keeping in mind the interests and preferences of our clients.”
Such niche destinations, like Botswana and the Galápagos Islands, are just two of the many incredible destinations touched by the travel expert Harsh Patil’s company, xplorearth. Other destinations include Namibia, Jordan, Peru, Patagonia, Iceland, Egypt, and the list goes on.
Harsh is well-versed in the culture, excitement, and delightful activity of destinations that are beyond the beaten path. Xplorearth executes premium itineraries with “inside access” along your travels, to redefine what is possible when vacationing and assures a worry-free journey with local support available at any given time.
As a luxury travel expert, Harsh understands the importance of listening to his clients. He has also established strong local connections with guides, naturalists and whetted partners so that you can travel with confidence. Book your journey with xplorearth and let Harsh transform your travel desires into memorable experiences.
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