GCN55 Day 16: Maun – Okavango Delta

May 30, 2017 Comments Off on GCN55 Day 16: Maun – Okavango Delta

Maun – Okavango Delta, Botswana

Today we embark on our thrilling adventure into the Delta as we travel for about 1-2 hours. We then board our mokoros (traditional dugout canoes) that carry us into the depths of the Delta. A few hours later we arrive at our bush camp for lunch which has basic ablutions with no shower and dig-out bush toilets, but you are surrounded by the beauty of nature so it is well worth it.

In the afternoon we will set of on a guided game walk and in the evening the locals will join us for some singing and dancing around the campfire.

The region of the delta was once a portion of Lake Makgadikgadi – an old lake that dried up more than 10,000 years back. Presently, the Okavango River has no exit into the ocean. Instead, it drains into the Kalahari Desert plains which water the arid area. The water rushing into the delta is extremely pure, mostly because of the lack of agriculture and industry along the Okavango River. It runs through the sand aquifers of the various delta islands and evaporates, leaving massive amounts of salt remaining.  The Okavango Delta experiences seasonal flooding, which starts every mid-summer in the north and six months later in the south. During the peal floods, the islands of the Delta can completely disappear beneath the water, making an appearance again at the end of the season.

Accommodation: Okavango Delta Camping (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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