In March, 2020, I together with my friends, Anna and Iver, went on safari in Botswana, Africa. We stayed at several camps in the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta region, and saw many wild animals, birds, flowers, and landscapes. The journey was planned in intricate detail by Anna and Iver; we engaged Piper & Heath Travel to make most of the accommodation and travel arrangements. Unfortunately, the novel coronavirus pandemic was getting worse by the day, complicating our trip.
We flew to Johannesburg, South Africa, on March 2, 2020 and checked into the Intercontinental Hotel, a modern luxury high rise next to the airport. The day we arrived, we did some sightseeing with a local guide. We first visited the Apartheid Museum, which was a very compelling depiction of the terrible conditions under apartheid from 1948 to 1987. We then toured Soweto, a black township, and saw the very modest home of Nelson Mandela after he was released from prison. He is revered as a hero of the anti-apartheid movement.
The next morning we flew to Maun, Botswana, for one day at the Maun Lodge.