Caprivi Region – Okavango Delta, Botswana
We make our way back to Botswana this morning and enter the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Throughout the time we spend in the Delta, we are introduced to the finest nature has to offer.
An early start the following day sees us head out on the waterways on our way to the larger islands for our nature walk, where we have the possibility of seeing some of the abundant wildlife and enjoy the activities on offer at the Delta.
We embark on several nature hikes and explore the Delta by means of mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe), depending on water levels. The Delta is remarkable and a truly memorable experience as the game here are not used to humans. Just sitting and unwinding frequently allows for spectacular bird or game viewing.
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 recognized 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 entire world.
Accommodation: Camp: Jumbo Junction
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Rainbow River Lodge to Okavango Delta ±160 km
Activity Package: Okavango Delta Excursion (camping)
Border Post: Namibia: Mohembo Border, Divundi/Bangani, Zambezi (Caprivi) +264(0)66 259 902 Open: 06:00-18:00 (GMT+2)
Optional Activities: If you wish to participate in additional Mokoro rides or nature walks, apart from what is included in the activity package, please speak to your guide. Tips for Polers are appreciated by not compulsory.