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NACN56 Day 14 – 16: Maun – Okavango Delta

Maun – Okavango Delta, Botswana

In the morning an opportunity to embark on an optional walk with the San guide is available for those wanting to learn about the cultures and survival skills of this unique tribe. In the afternoon we make our way to Maun, known as the gateway to the Okavango Delta, we spend one evening preparing for our adventure into the Delta. It is recommended you bring along a smaller bag for your stay in the Okavango as you will not need too much. For travellers not wanting to go into the Delta they will stay in Maun or the next 2 days.

The next morning we board Small planes which take us over this incredible region to our camp where we will be staying for the following two nights.

We head out for a nature walk to explore the surrounding area. Returning to our camp for breakfast, we spend the rest of the day relaxing before enjoying an afternoon boat cruise.

The following morning depending on the water level, there may also be a traditional Mokoro (dug-out canoe) outing to look forward to. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the many activities on offer here. Making our way back to camp we enjoy lunch and spend the rest of the day relaxing before and embarking on another early evening sunset cruise.

A maze of lagoons, lakes and concealed channels spreading over 17,000 square kilometres, the Okavango Delta is the world’s biggest inland delta. Originating in Angola, countless rivers merge to form the Cubango River which flows through Namibia, becoming the Kavango River and finally entering Botswana where it turns into the Okavango. Eons ago, the Okavango River flowed into a massive inland lake named Lake Makgadikgadi which is now known as the Makgadikgadi Pans. Tectonic activity disturbed the currents of the river, resulting in it backing up and thus creating what is now recognised as the Okavango Delta. This has formed a complex network of waterways that sustain a large variety of fauna and flora.

There are approximately 200,000 large mammals living in and around the Delta. On the mainland and amidst the Delta islands, lion, elephant, hyena, wild dog, buffalo, hippo and crocodile gather with an assortment of antelope and other smaller animals such as warthog, mongoose, spotted genet, monkey, bush baby and tree squirrel. Remarkably, the endangered African Wild Dog lives within the Okavango Delta, displaying one of the richest pack densities throughout Africa. The Delta is also home to over 400 species of bird including the majestic African Fish Eagle. Plenty of these creatures live in the Delta, but most simply pass through during their migrations with the summer rains to seek out renewed lush fields ready for grazing. During the beginning of winter, the countryside dries up and these animals head back to the Delta, making for spectacular game sightings as the massive numbers of prey and predators are forced together. Specific regions of the floodplains provide some of the most magnificent predator action seen anywhere in the world.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Island Safari Lodge or Kamanga (no website available) or Sedia Riverfront Hotel (Maun) , Two Per Room: Mopiri or Oddballs
Facilities: En-suites Per Room(Maun), Permanent Tents (Okavango Delta) Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Ghanzi to Maun ±350 km, Maun to Okavango Delta ±30 min flight
Activity Package: Okavango Delta Excursion (Accommodated)
Optional Activity: Bushman walk

PLEASE NOTE: If you have not purchased the Activity Package, you will stay at the accommodation in Maun during the Delta Excursion for the following two nights.

Luggage Restriction: Due to the flight into the Okavango Delta your bags are limited to 10kg.  Each client will have to be weighed due to new safety regulations (please don’t take offence to this).

For more information on the Okavango Delta Excursion please click here

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Ghanzi – Okavango Delta, Botswana

Today we travel east to our next destination which is neighbours Botswana and the Kalahari Desert. In the evening we experience some traditional dance, songs and story stelling.

The following morning we enjoy another guided walk with the San community and not long after we make our way to Maun. In the afternoon there is an optional scenic flight over the Delta for those wanting to participate(time and weather permitting). We spend our evening preparing for our excursion the next day.

NB: Those guests who have pre-purchased the upgrade package – will board the flight into the Delta upon arrival in Maun and will re-join the group on the morning of day 17. Please speak to your consultant for your programme of the Okavango Delta Excursion.

Enjoying the beauty and variety of activities on offer in the Delta. We embark on a nature walk and enjoy a mokoro ride today. We head off winding waterways of the Delta around palm islands make for the most scenic and relaxing of experiences.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Ghanzi Trail Blazers (Day 1) ,  Sedia Riverside Lodge (Day 2 &3),
Facilities: En-suite bathroom Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Windhoek to Ghanzi , Ghanzi to Maun, Maun – poling station – Okavango Delta – Maun
Included Highlight San Tribal dance in evening ,  San Guided Walk, Okavango Delta Day Excursion
Border Post Namibia: Buitepos, Tel: +264 62 560401, Open: 07h00-24h00, Botswana: Mamanu, Tel: +267 (0) 659 2013/2064, Open: 07h00-24h00
Optional Activity: Okavango Delta scenic flight

Okavango Delta

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