It’s a hot summer evening as I’m lounging on the patio, a cocktail in my hand. A warm breeze rustles through my hair, damp with sweat in mocking, as I look out onto the vast plains before me. I’ve been conversing with my mother and sister, a daily occurrence, regaling them with stories from my day and sharing my joy over the sights I’ve seen.
But I’m not on my deck in Vancouver overlooking Spanish Banks. I’m 10,000 miles away on a remote safari in Botswana, accessible only by plane and chatting with them over e-mail.
That was, without any doubt in my mind, the remotest place I’ve ever been able to get Wi-Fi.
For my 60th birthday, my husband Mel and I travelled to the Okavango Delta in Botswana. A natural result of the Okavango River flowing into the Kalahari Desert, this remarkable safari is home to one of Africa’s greatest concentration of wildlife.
As it was only accessible by plane, we flew into the game park from Johannesburg, South Africa. As two of the five total guests, we were able to have our own private jeep and guide. There were two treks each day – one early in the morning and one late afternoon – increasing our chances of seeing the spectacular wildlife we had dreamed of all these years.
We certainly weren’t disappointed over the course of our 7-day trip, spotting giraffes, kudu, impala, hyenas, warthogs, hippos, and even the elusive leopard! But the highlight for me was seeing a family of rhinos, a rare occurrence in the animal kingdom, just outside of our lodge.
As the family photographer, I documented the entirety of our trip and was especially eager to share my photos with my daughter, mother and sister, all of whom felt very far away. With Wi-Fi accessible at the lodge, I was able to send them photos in real time – amazing, given the remoteness of our location! My sister would get my photos just as she got into work that morning and we were able to converse for a short while each day. Of course, I also snuck in a few work e-mails with Imprint Plus and was able to check the morning name badges sales report for the day prior.
The Okavango Delta was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited and despite being in such a remote location, was able to share my experiences as we went along with my family who were on the other side of the world. Oh, the power of the Internet!
What’s the furthest most remote location you’ve used Wi-Fi?