The Okavango Delta


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My BEST African experience in three years!

Written on: May 10, 2013   |   I visited in February 2012 Over the course of three years working in southern Africa, I had the good fortune of heading into the Okavango Delta a total of 6 times. When it comes to real African experience, for me, there’s no place in the whole continent which can even compare. If you want to spend three days on the back of an open-top 4WD ticking animals off a list, go elsewhere; if you want to feel embedded in the wilderness, at one with whatever animals may or may not be just around the corner, then this is the place to come to.

Walking safaris, led by knowledgeable guides give you the impression that, for once, you are the one being watched, and perhaps even hunted. It is amazing beyond words. The smells, the sounds of distant and (sometimes quite close) animal calls are both exciting and nerve wrecking. In the Delta, you are completely exposed and vulnerable, kind of as if you were lunch on a platter! Awesome and indescribable; a truly once in a lifetime experience.

Sunset hippo spotting canoe rides, thrilling afternoon swims (never know what’s lurking beneath), early morning walks chasing hoof prints...it all adds up to the Okavango Delta becoming my fondest African safari memory and made Botswana my absolute fave country in Africa. It is also the only place which gave me a real close encounter with a deadly beast! A rather enormous elephant decided, at 3am, that uprooting the tree I was camped under would be a fun thing to do. It took him almost 45 minutes to complete his mission, all the while I was cowering in my tent right under his nose, shivering, giggling and just going completely bonkers (on the inside at least). My near-death experience is the one thing I still rave about and hope to do so till the day I die.
Put it this way, whenever I tell people I guided tour trucks through Africa for three years they always ask ‘if I were to do ONE trip to Africa, where should I go?’ my answer is always prompt ‘Botswana and the Okavango Delta in particular!’ Make of that what you will!

Oh, don’t miss your chance to take a scenic flight over the Delta from Maun, it’s not that expensive but delivers a breathtaking experience indeed. If being lost in its wilderness does not give you a clear impression of just how vast and wild the Delta is, than the flight certainly will. Pure magic
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jul 16, 2015   |   Visited: Aug 2014.
The Okavango Delta has to be one of the most beautiful places myself and my husband have ever visited.

We stayed in 3 lodges which gave a good level of service and a mixed idea of activities from floating gently on the water to nights drives in game drive vehicles.

The area is of outstanding beauty but the highlight was being able to watch the wonderful wild ... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Feb 13, 2015   |   Visited: Dec 2014.
I had the luxury of five nights in Botswana in December and discovered who the big boys of this country really are! I also smashed a lot of my own safari misconceptions...

First stop, Kalahari Plains Camp and the endless desert that I thought may not be that exciting for a safari old hat like me. Misconception number one... of many to come. It's true that you w... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Nov 20, 2014   |   Visited: Aug 2014.
The Okavango Delta offers on elf the most pristine wilderness areas in Africa to explore. This unique ecosystem with the annual flood pouring into one of the driest regions creates a water wonderland in from April-October. The onset of the summer rains attract a plethora of birdlife and the lambing of many herbivores. The predators here are in abundance and the pro... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Oct 03, 2014   |   Visited: Jun 2010.
The Okavango Delta is one of my most vivid and memorable African experiences. The feeling of slowly meandering around the waterways of the delta in a mokoro as wild elephant and giraffe wander by, crocodiles peer out over the water's surface and hippos play while the sun sets will stay with me forever. I took a scenic flight over the delta to put this immense lands... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jul 30, 2014   |   Visited: Feb 2014.
I think the Okavango Delta was my favorite part of my time in Botswana. There's something so rejuvenating about silently gliding down a river in a dug-out, wooden canoe slipping gently by hippos and crocodiles as if you were one of them.
It can seem a bit scary, getting in one of these canoes, but don't miss this opportunity to get so close to wildlife.
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Mar 17, 2014   |   Visited: Oct 2010.
If I had to sum up the Okavango Delta in one word, it would be stirring. If you love the feeling of isolation, in the midst of the some of the most untouched wilderness in the world, Botswana's Okavango Delta ticks all the boxes.

I was traveling on an overland safari, and the Delta was offered as a 5 day side trip. I leaped at the chance! Beginning our trip at ... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Nov 14, 2013   |   Visited: May 2013.
I was there at the end of the rainy season and there was plenty of game and incredible sightings. If you are out in the remoter lodges you don't see anyone else and it has that air of exclusivity. Make sure you take a mekoro boat trip and let yourself relax as you glide through the waters brushing by water lilies and reeds. Truly magical. read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Sep 23, 2013   |   Visited: Mar 2012.
Magical light, water, birds and incredible colors, all that is the Okavango Delta in Botswana. As an inland delta in the Kalahari Desert, the Okavango Delta is a fabulous safari destination, famous for:

Birding
Big 5 sightings and especially Big Cats
Water activities for great wildlife photography
High wildlife density
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Sep 19, 2013   |   Visited: Jan 2013.
The Okavango Delta is stunning. Amazing wildlife sightings and a mix between African bush and Okavango Delta waterways. You are able to do boat trips and mokoro (wooden canoe) trips with professional guides at some of the lodges. The Game Reserves in Botswana are low impact, which means that unlike other countries - when you game drive, you dont have many other ... read more

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(4/5 stars) Written on: Sep 05, 2013   |   Visited: May 2012.
Just getting to the Okavango is a memorable adventure. The roads cut through barren bushland and it's rare to spot another vehicle. During the peak flood times of June – August the Okavango water level turns surrounding roads into mush, and twice our truck had to be pulled out of a river by tractor. Most tours leave from Botswana's main tourist town, Maun, but I we... read more

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