ASAM14 Day 11: Maun – Okavango Delta

Maun – Okavango Delta, Botswana

Once we’ve gathered all of our bags and food supplies together, we grab our sunblock and hats and climb aboard our 4X4 vehicle in anticipation of discovering the hidden wonders of the Okavango Delta. This stunning area is a natural wetland network, extending over approximately 1.6 million hectares of northern Botswana due to the rivers gushing south from Angola that divide repetitively on the flat Botswana plans to create a complex system of channels and an inland ‘delta’ – the only one of its kind in the world. Following a relaxed drive over rough and winding paths, we cross the ‘Buffalo Fence’ that exposes us to the wilderness of Africa. Once we have located the water’s edge we meet up with our local guides who are trained and extremely knowledgeable about the area. We then climb into their mokoros (traditional dugout canoes) and are softly ‘poled’ and navigated through the narrow waterways. Moving smoothly over glimmering ponds whilst snaking our way through the lush, green bulrushes and gorgeous untamed lilies, we set up our camp beneath some shade in order to enjoy a hearty lunch.

The afternoon is dedicated to participating in a wonderful game walk with the local guides, observing mighty hippos from your Mokoro or just unwinding at camp. Our evenings are spent listening to the wild calls of animals in the distance whilst we gather around a crackling campfire and cheer for our guides to sing us a traditional Tswana song or two.

Trip Highlights: Okavango Delta, mokoro excursion, game walk, swimming, Island camping
Accommodation: Elephant Camp (Twin share pre-erected tents with en suite facilities – basic-style bucket shower & toilet)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 60 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 2 hours

Elephant Bush Camp, Okavango Delta

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