Erica Varga, Acappella Safaris, “An Africa Rarely Seen: Botswana, the Life Preserver”
One of the world’s largest expanses of sand, Africa’s Kalahari Desert, ironically supports an amazing water wonderland. Nothing like the Okavango Delta of northern Botswana exists anywhere else on the planet. Rain in the highlands of Angola travels over 600 miles through a narrow panhandle before fanning out into a vast inland delta of lush lagoons, artistic channels, and palm islands. Described as “the river which never finds the sea,” this annual flood arrives during Botswana’s dry season just when it is needed the most, thus sustaining a diversity of life that includes Africa’s most extraordinary plants and animals. Over forty percent of Botswana’s unique habitat is being conserved through the country’s low volume, high quality tourism approach.
Your guide for this safari program, Erica Varga, has traveled extensively throughout East and Southern Africa over the past 20 years. She has led guests from around the globe on overland safaris, across Botswana and into Zimbabwe and worked as an Assistant Anthropologist.
Erica will talk about how to best access the pristine areas of the Okavango region and present an overview of safari options and activities available to travelers today. She will also discuss community development and conservation efforts as related to the safari industry.
Erica has a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and an M.A. from the University of Washington in Museology, which is Museum Studies. She is a specialist in the field of heritage preservation and has worked as an executive director, curator, and consultant for various museums and professional organizations.
Additionally, Erica has developed and taught graduate level courses at the University of Washington. She currently owns and operates Acappella Safaris.