Botswana

Traveler’s picks

Traveler’s picks

by Adam, Emily and Colette Harteau

We are Adam & Emily and we became parents to Colette Nova, aka “the ambassador of love and joy”, in January 2011. We have traveled through places like Southern Africa, Southeast Asia, Polynesia, New Zealand, Japan and even circumnavigated North America in our VW Westfalia. Currently we are on a grand adventure in our Westy, driving through the Americas. Our Open Road will serve as a modern family portrait, as we shed our robes of comfort to reexamine the American Dream, we hope to inspire others to create, eat well, spend quality time together, and adventure into their own great backyards.

Nature loves to hide

Nature loves to hide

Meraviglia Paper Video #2

Close your eyes, stop, breath in all the air that you need. Beauty loves to hide. Go travelling. Collect smells, inspirations, lights and skies. Wonder is everywhere…

In and Out of the Bush

In and Out of the Bush

Kalahari Desert, Botswana

The Bushmen don’t have any knowledge of time; the old men don’t have any precise age. Yet they know that it will rain sometime in the future. They drink water from bulb plants and teach their kids to find scorpions and use them as toys…

Duba Plains Camp

Duba Plains Camp

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Okavango is the only river that ends in a desert instead of flowing into open sea. Its delta is a ramification of water imprinted on the land and its contours are continuously re-defined by water. These streams are mirrors for the clouds, their shape changing with the wind. In Botswana you learn that weather is unpredictable but you also learn to recognise when the next rainfall is approaching and it’s time to wear a warm waterproof poncho. At Duba plains, at sunrise, you eat bread toasted on an open fire…

Jack’s Camp

Jack’s Camp

Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana

At the beginning everything is amazement. Landing in a clayish desert and driving toward a line of tall and skinny palm trees. Sharing a long communal table at Mess Tent on a sunny afternoon for the first time. Looking up at your tent’s lilac canvas ceiling with geometrical shapes and feeling like a kid in a vintage carillon. Dark wood, matt military khaki green canvas, ripe-peach pink velvet, rust, brass and silver create a stylish romantic post-colonial atmosphere…

Zarafa Camp

Zarafa Camp

Selinda Reserve, Botswana

Zafara is set in a private reserve north of the country. A magic lagoon, Zibadianja, is the very centre of the camp’s life. Everyday, when you get back to the camp, you look forward to seeing this open expanse of water constantly changing its colour with the light at day and night. All guests have exclusive access to dreamlike equipment that includes Swarovski HD binoculars, a Canon 5D, 35-135 mm and 100-400 mm lenses…

EDITOR’S PICKS

EDITOR’S PICKS

by Paola Corini

Paola loves the sun when it’s not too strong, the smell of herbs, the colour combination of Botswana’s Lilac-breasted Roller, freshly baked bread, mountain air, people who smile, words and summer fruit. Up to one year ago writing and traveling were the extraordinary, yet in 2013 she founded Meraviglia Paper together with Laura and became a self-assured Travel Editor. She keeps thinking that traveling in this world is extraordinary, magical, and essential.

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