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How fast can you run?

Churchmanb
Visited: Feb 2009 Reviewed: May 21, 2013

The Okavango is a many-headed beast, and each head is as fantastic as the other. I will focus on walking safaris. Many safaris involve taking small wooden boats called mokoros out into the Delta to camp. While there, you walk around and try to get into trouble. We succeeded in spades.
While tracking lions (this is called "fun"), using their annoyed roars every twenty minutes to speed up the tracking a bit, we stumbled across a pack of elephants. It was raining, luckily. The elephants had a baby with them, and didn't like our smell one bit. They were charging around trying to find us. The guide watched them zig-zag closer for a second, and then indicated a new plan.
"Now we run. Very fast."
We sprinted for over 5 minutes before wheezing and climbing up on logs and things to see if we shook them. Love that rain. They were long gone.
The entire day was spectacular and wildlife was everywhere, and we were walking in the midst of it. Leave the Land Cruiser behind and try a walking safari.
What? Trust me!

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Elephants and leopards

Visited: May 2016 Reviewed: Feb 01, 2017

I have been to the Okavango Delta a number of times and I must be honest, each time I return, I am blown away. The closeness of nature, the sounds of the bush, the little surprises (elephant in camp), encountering a leopard on the way to the airstrip (when you think that the game viewing is over and nothing more exciting could happen) and the surprise bush dinner u... read more

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Okavango Delta

Linda
Visited: Aug 2014 Reviewed: Jul 16, 2015

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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Big Boys of Botswana

Visited: Dec 2014 Reviewed: Feb 13, 2015

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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Heavenly Wilderness!

Visited: Aug 2014 Reviewed: Nov 20, 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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Watery Wonderland

Visited: Jun 2010 Reviewed: Oct 03, 2014

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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Mokoro and more!

CandyW
Visited: Feb 2014 Reviewed: Jul 30, 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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Down in the Delta: walking safaris, hippos and endless stars

Visited: Oct 2010 Reviewed: Mar 17, 2014

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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Mekoro Magic

Sense Africa
Visited: May 2013 Reviewed: Nov 14, 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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Okavango Delta, great for photography

Visited: Mar 2012 Reviewed: Sep 23, 2013

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
Fabulous light
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Amazing Okavango Delta

Visited: Jan 2013 Reviewed: Sep 19, 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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Sustainable tourism, beautiful landscapes...but where are the animals?

Stephen Bailey
Visited: May 2012 Reviewed: Sep 05, 2013

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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My BEST African experience in three years!

Laurapattara
Visited: Feb 2012 Reviewed: May 10, 2013

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... read more

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