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Pan handle of the Okavango Delta

Views: 63 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-Wa... read more

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Kwando Splash Camp - Okavango Delta

Views: 218 Visited: Jan 2019 Reviewed: Mar 28, 2019

I spent two nights at Kwando’s Splash camp located in the open grassy plains in the region of the delta and would highly recommend it. This camp opened in June 2018 and is relatively new at the time of writing this review. With this being a private reserve/concession means off-road game viewing is permitted which made it easier to get better sightings. Importantly, this does not make it too stressful for animals with crowd control measures the... read more

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View from the plane so memorable

Views: 100 Visited: Jun 2011 Reviewed: Mar 25, 2019

I went to the famous Delta with 2 work colleagues for a trip and we had the time of our lives such a memorable safari.

Upon arrival at Maun Airport you board a light aircraft plane and fly quite low over the Delta and all the channels and you can see elephants even from the plane. You touch down at an airstrip close to your lodge and the safari starts already with your transfer by 4x4 to your camp or lodge.

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Splash Camp and Okavango Delta

Views: 19 Visited: Jan 2019 Reviewed: Feb 20, 2019

We stayed at the Lagoon Resort area for three of them and then flew to the Splash Resort area for the last two. This is my fourth safari in Africa and the first not in a national park, those being Serengeti, Central Kalahari, and Nxai Pan.
We landed on a small airstrip about an hour drive from our very remote, modern, with all the amenities I could want or need in a resort.
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Walking safari in Okavango : an adrenalin booster

Views: 137 Visited: Apr 2018 Reviewed: Jun 19, 2018

We spent two nights at the end of April 2018 in Okavango at the Oddballs enclave on a small island in the heart of Okavango just next to the airstrip. Respectful of the environment, the camp has five tents discreetly nestled into the environment but with the luxury of a comfortable bed, private and original shower and toilet, great food, etc.

The floods hadn't yet arrived so we couldn't go on a full safari by mokoro (wooden canoe), but we ... read more

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Elephants and leopards

Views: 405 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 under the stars. In May 2016 I visited a few places in Botswana (not my first vis... read more

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Okavango Delta

Views: 602 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 dogs for several day.

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Big Boys of Botswana

Views: 646 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 won't see masses of wildlife at all times of the year. We were there before rains... read more

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Heavenly Wilderness!

Views: 485 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 protection of wildlife is paramount to the government. Ideally linked with the Liny... read more

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Watery Wonderland

Views: 531 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 landscape into perspective - such a surreal place! read more

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Mokoro and more!

Views: 662 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

Views: 642 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 the mouth of the Delta, my party's trip began with a fury of backpacks, tents, g... read more

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Mekoro Magic

Views: 902 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

Views: 750 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
Great variety of camps and lodges
Self-drive possible, but better sightings on private game reserves ... read more

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Amazing Okavango Delta

Views: 677 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 game viewing vehicles to compete with when spotting animals. The exclusivity in... read more

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Sustainable tourism, beautiful landscapes...but where are the animals?

Views: 729 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 went from the small village of Sepupa on the Okavango's western edge.

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How fast can you run?

Views: 917 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 elephan... read more

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My BEST African experience in three years!

Views: 906 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 to feel embedded in the wilderness, at one with whatever animals may or may not... read more

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