Okavango Delta, Botswana
We make our way 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. For those that have opted for the camping Okavango Delta excursion, you will be transferred into the Okavango Delta by means of land based transport.
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: Camping: Nguma Lagoon
Facilities: Two per dome tent with shared ablutions
Activity Package Okavango Delta Excursion
Route: Nata to Okavango Delta (via Maun)±160km
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.
2019 Itinerary Change
This morning we travel across the Makgadikgadi Pans (Salt Pans) and the road to Maun – passing through the iconic Baobab trees. Upon our arrival in Maun, we bid farewell to our overland vehicle and begin our Delta Excursion. All those participating in the Okavango Delta Excursion, will experience picturesque cruises on crystal clear waters and nature walks and you might spot some of the abundant wildlife.
Accommodation: Camp Sedia Riverside Lodge.
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route Nata to Maun