NJV9 Day 04 – 05: Okavango Delta – Maun(Moremi Crossing), Botswana

November 13, 2014 Comments Off on NJV9 Day 04 – 05: Okavango Delta – Maun(Moremi Crossing), Botswana
Andrew Walton
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Okavango Delta – Maun(Moremi Crossing), Botswana

Enjoying the beauty and variety of activities on offer in the Delta, today is spent embarking on a nature walk and enjoying a mokoro ride. We head off winding waterways of the Delta around palm islands for the most scenic and relaxing of experiences viewing a variety of game in the pristine wilderness area such as elephant, giraffe, kudu, impala and zebra.

Those guests who have pre-purchased the Okavango Delta upgrade package – will be transferred by scenic flight into the Delta this afternoon for your two night stay. You will re-join the group on the morning of day 6, return to Maun by scenic flight.  Please Note:  The Aircraft has a max 10kg luggage weight per person. Please speak to your consultant for a copy of the programme for your Okavango Delta Excursion.

The following day will be an early rise for those who have purchased the activity package. You will be collected from the hotel and make your way to the South Gate making into the Moremi Game Reserve. An optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta is available for those wanting to participate in activities in the afternoon (weather permitting). The routes for the game viewing may vary and will be determined on the day. The guests who have not purchased the activity package will spend the day at leisure.

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: Camp: Sedia Riverside Lodge or Sitatunga
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Activity Package: Moremi Game Reserve full day excursion (Game Drive – including lunch)
Route : Maun – Okavango Delta – Maun
Included Highlight: Okavango Delta Day Excursion

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