My new book, No Footprints in the Night, is just out*! I write about my recent 50-day road trip around Botswana during the coronavirus pandemic. Check out the blurb and photos below.

Interested in a road trip around South Africa instead? See my other book – Chasing Ostriches.

Desert elephants in Namibia with Victoria Stevens
Lion cub in the Khwai Community Concession, Botswana

On Safari in Botswana

South Africa was kicking us out so we had to make a plan. ‘What about Botswana?’ My boyfriend couldn’t think of any objections so a few days before we overstayed our visas we hit the road in our trusty Defender and sped north from Cape Town.

The Kalahari welcomed us with vast empty spaces and gorgeous wildlife. We spent weeks camping in a true wilderness barely touched by man. The character of the landscape changed in the waterlogged north but our encounters with dangerous animals didn’t stop.

We eventually returned to civilization after many weeks on the sandy road, having narrowly managed to escape being eaten by lions, killed by a puff adder and marooned on the Chobe River.


No Footprints in the Night chronicles this journey of exploration through Botswana in times of coronavirus. While on our adventure, I wrote travel journal updates to send back to friends and family, stuck in European lockdowns. This formed the basis of my new book, available to buy now on Amazon*.

Photo Gallery

Giraffe in the sunset at Nxai pan Botswana.
Sunset over Nxai pan, Botswana

Interested in a road trip around South Africa instead? See my other book – Chasing Ostriches.

About the Author

Victoria Stevens grew up in Ilkley near the wild moors of Yorkshire in northern England. After studying Natural Sciences at Jesus College Cambridge and obtaining a PhD in geology at Caltech in Los Angeles, she caught the travel bug and spent the following year in Nepal working with a local NGO on earthquake hazard. After a short stint in London she headed for South Africa to research earthquakes at the University of Cape Town and she’s lived there ever since. She spends her free time hiking, running, reading and exploring the world.

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