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Okavango Delta Lodges, Botswana

Okavango Delta Camps & Safaris

· superb range of wildlife including the big cats
· incredible beauty of the Okavango Delta in full flood
· game-viewing from the water by boat and mokoro
· bush walks on the islands of the Okavango Delta
· authentic tented safari camps
· horse-riding safaris
· elephant interaction safaris

Reasons to visit Okavango Delta Lodges

Mokoro safaris

Mokoro safaris

The evocative mokoro trips - a traditional dugout canoe made from an ebony or sausage tree - largely take place in shallow waters and seasonal flood plains of the semi-permanent sector of the delta. Gliding along in a mokoro, in total harmony with nature, with a knowledgeable guide behind you, is an Okavango experience not to be missed. By their very nature, mokoro trips are a relaxing and tranquil experience. You are focusing on the smaller creatures of the Okavango delta, the birds, the shy antelope and one of the most delightful aspects is that you are viewing animals, not from the superior height of a landrover but from the low vantage point of a mokoro. Animals which may be ignored in a vehicle, when you are searching for the predators, are suddenly seen in their full beauty. For example the rare sitatunga – a shaggy semi-aquatic antelope – loves the Okavango Delta’s swampy waters and your mokoro guide will pole you silently past these fascinating creatures. A mokoro excursion usually offers excellent birding with 349 species recorded in the Okavango Delta. The area is rich in wetland species such as African jacana, malachite kingfisher and open billed stork, and you have an excellent chance of spotting the Pel’s fishing owl, one of only three fishing owls in Africa.

Elephant Interaction in the Okavango Delta

Elephant Interaction in the Okavango Delta

Our clients enthuse about the unique interaction with a herd of semi-habituated elephant which takes place at Baines Camp and Stanley’s Camp in the Okavango Delta Botswana. See our article by Cecily about her elephant encounter... The luxurious Abu Camp offers 3 night safaris, mixing fantastic elephant back safaris – giving a unique vantage point from which to observe the splendour of the delta as well as giraffe, buffalo, impala, tsessebe and other game - with the opportunity of getting to know the history and character of the individual members of the herd, to walk alongside the elephants and take part in vehicle-based game drives. Seba Camp, also in the Abu concession, is the base for unique research on elephant behaviour and guests can observe the researchers studying how released Abu adolescent bull elephants interact with their wild brethren, as well as refining ways to age elephants in the wild.

Horse-riding Safaris

A Horse riding safari is a superb way of enjoying wildlife in the Okavango delta if you are an experienced proficient rider. A horseback safari combines excellent game-viewing, adventurous riding and scenic beauty. You stay in a private concession within the Okavango Delta where game is plentiful. You join a small group of riders for an unforgettable few days, following animal trails on horseback from palm island to island, through a sea of grass and shallow water. Canter across plains with herds of zebra and wildebeest and then ride back to camp in the glow of the African sunset. Activity and relaxation are carefully balanced and you stay in authentic safari camps throughout.

Birding in the Okavango Delta

Birding in the Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta in Botswana offers superb bird-watching opportunities with almost 350 species recorded. Birding is usually at its best in the southern hemisphere summer months (which happily is also the low season in the Okavango Delta.) The Okavango Delta is rich in wetland species such as African jacana, malachite kingfisher and open billed stork. Waterbirds flock to the marshy areas of the Okavango Delta – storks, herons, kingfishers and brightly-coloured bee-eaters. You also have an excellent chance of spotting Pel’s fishing owl, one of only three fishing owls in Africa, while enjoying a mokoro or boat excursion. From some of the north-western Okavango lodges, you can take a baot excursion to visit Godikwe lagoon with its mesmerizing heronry.

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