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Pan handle of the Okavango Delta

Views: 161 Visited: Jul 2019 Reviewed: Sep 12, 2019

This area in northern Botswana knows as the Pan Handle of the Okavango delta is breathtaking and has a huge concentration of wildlife and of course birdlife. The Shakawe area is a birdwatchers’ paradise with huge amounts of birds being present, special birds in the area include Pel's Fishing Owl, Brown Firefinch, Swamp Boubou, Slaty Egret, Lesser Jacana, Wattled Crane, White-backed Night Heron, Chirping and Luapula Cisticola, Greater Swamp-Warbler, African Mourning Dove, Coppery-tailed Coucal, African Skimmer, Allen's Gallinule, Lesser Moorhen and Western Banded Snake-Eagle. Rarities include African Hobby, Osprey, Half-collared Kingfisher, Dickinson's Kestrel and Bat Hawk to name a few.

Mammal sighting too are incredible with elephant coming down to drink, Red Lechwe, sitatunga, hippos and otters all being abundant. There is a wide variety of accommodation available in the area and a boat cruise along the Okavango is a must to really take the delta in.
Some of the lodges also offer mokoro (traditional wooden canoes) trips and this is an excellent way of experiencing and exploring the Okavango Delta.
A trip from Namibia (the Caprivi) is easily doable for a few nights and well worth it as one will travel through the Mahangu reserve towards the Botswana side and encounter many different mammals and birds. I would suggest a trip to this area for any of the birders visiting the area.

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