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Okavango Delta Safari Guide

Monday, November 12th, 2012
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If you're interested in travelling to Botswana, you will not want to miss spending at least a few days in what has been called the ultimate safari destination - the Okavango Delta. We've created this Okavango Delta safari guide to prepare you for what to expect in this amazing location.

What and where is the Okavango Delta?

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Above: The Okavango Delta from a bird's eye view

The Okavango Delta is located in northwestern Botswana and is claimed to be the largest inland delta in the entire world, covering over 15 000 km2. It is a network of connected waterways, swampland and islands that is home to the largest variety of wildlife in Africa.

Okavango Delta Safari Wildlife

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Above: A lone hippo breaches at sunset in the Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta supports a large concentration of wildlife both permanently and seasonally as they may pass through on their migration patterns. Some wildlife you may see when you’re on an Okavango Delta safari includes the African Big 5, along with many others, which include: African elephant, leopard, lion, rhinoceros, African buffalo, hippopotamus, Plains zebra, Nile crocodile, Spotted hyena, Brown hyena, Blue wildebeest, cheetah, kudu, Sable antelope, African wild dog, warthog, giraffe and Chacma baboon.

Activities on an Okavango Delta Safari

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Above: Watching the sunrise on a morning Okavango Delta bush walk

There are plenty of activities to keep you discovering while in the Okavango Delta; but that being said, most people travel to the Okavango Delta for relaxation, solitude and having a sense of ‘getting back to nature’. Activities start as you enter the Delta – choosing to either have a fly-in where you get a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta below, or reaching your accommodations via makoro (a traditional canoe dug out of a tree, complete with local polers, who help navigate you through the Okavango Delta’s waterways). Days can be spent taking bush walks or game drives to discover the abundant wildlife that the Okavango Delta has to offer. If you’re enjoying a makoro excursion, ask one of the polers to teach you how to pole a makoro or make a water lily necklace, this if your time to enjoy your beautiful surrounds and the activities it lends. If you're on an overland trip in the Okavango Delta you can expect a festive evening around the campfire when the locals perform cultural song and dance for you. A magical evening spent under the stars.

10 Must-haves on a Safari in the Okavango Delta

Apart from all the regular things you should pack on a safari in Africa, here are ten Okavango Delta safari essentials to add to your day pack. 1. Camera & spare batteries 2. Dry bag for valuables & electronics 3. Sun protection (Hat, sunscreen & lip balm) 4. Insect repellent 5. Binoculars 6. Water bottle 7. Small first aid kit 8. Headlamp or pocket torch 9. Neutral coloured (green/brown) clothing that you don’t mind getting wet 10. Journal for lazy afternoons

Weather

Summertime in the Okavango Delta really heats up from December through February, when the area experiences the majority of its rainfall for the year. At this time, temperatures can reach up to 40 °C (104 °F) during the day and stays warm through the night. March through May is when temperatures become a little more bearable, reaching around 30 °C (86 °F) throughout the day and cools down at night. Winter in the Okavango Delta is from June through August and at this time of year it is cool and dry - mild daytime temperatures quickly drop when the sun goes down and it can reach close to freezing point at this time of year. From September through November the temperatures quickly pick right back up. It’s not uncommon to see daytime temperatures hovering around the 40 °C (104 °F) mark at this time of year.

Types of Okavango Delta Safari Tours and Accommodation

The Okavango Delta may ooze a brilliant African ambience, but that doesn’t meant that you have to enjoy it through hardcore bush camping. Difference degrees of tours in the Okavango Delta include camping safaris, accommodated safaris and luxury safaris. Whether you enjoy roughing it without electricity, whether you crave at least a bed to sleep on, or if you’re looking for all the bells and whistles that come with five-star luxury adventures, the Okavango Delta is more than happy to accommodate you.

Okavango Delta Safari Camping Tips

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Above: Bury your trace

1. Be prepared to use the infamous bush toilet – aka a hole dug in the ground. 2. If you need to use the toilet at night, make sure you flash your torch around the campsite first to check for wildlife. 3. It is not uncommon for you to have wildlife encounters at your campsite – remember that even though you may get amazing close up photographs, always use common sense and give wildlife their space. 4. Generally speaking, if you’re camping within the Okavango Delta expect to have no power, no facilities, no running water – consider bringing baby wipes to help yourself freshen up. 5. When you’re packing up camp, your group should always remember to dig a hole and bury the ash and coal that was made from your camp fires. Remember: Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints.

How old do you have to be to go on an Okavango Delta safari?

In order to enjoy the thrill of an Okavango Delta safari you need to be 18 years or older.

About the blogger:

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Melissa Shearer is a twenty-something Canadian solo-female traveler with a desire to explore the world around her and share her experiences in hopes of inspiring others to go and see what the world has to offer. Recently she has been living abroad in New Zealand, but took the opportunity to take a life-changing trip to Africa where she went overlanding from Cape Town to Victoria Falls and then fed into her passion for animal conservation when she volunteered with lions in Zimbabwe. Melissa's passions overflow into her brilliant travel blog, The Mellyboo Project.

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Tags: botswana, okavango-delta, okavango-mokoro-trip


Cape Town to Vic Falls Overlanding Africa Travel Diary Part 5

Friday, April 8th, 2011
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The Overland truck treks up through Etosha and into Botswana, wildlife is more plentiful and truck life is becoming second nature on Tamzyn's 21 day Cape Town to Vic Falls overland trip.

Day 13: Etosha

It’s a quick drive to the Namutoni gate of the Etosha National Park and within minutes we are surrounded by hoards of game. Centered around the shimmering silver pan, the Etosha National Park covers over 22 000 sq kilometers and is home to the Big 5, as well as a number of rare and endangered species (including the Black Rhino).

Zebra Crossing Etosha Game Park

We are all bouncing around the truck madly pointing out the fascinating game as we drive past journeys of Giraffe, herds of Zebra, plenty of Wildebeest as well as tons of the McDonald’s of the African plains (Impala). We are even lucky enough to chance a sighting of the elusive Leopard, which walks straight out of the bush past our Overlanding Truck and off down the road. Awesome! 

Leopard Etosha Pan Game Park

A herd of Buffalo visits the floodlit watering hole at our campsite. We watch them quietly drink from the pool before it starts to rain and we dart past the jackals scampering around and into the cover of our tents.

Day 14: Rundu

Swim for Your Lives We wake up with a swimming start, our tent having been transformed into a watering hole in last night’s downpour. Still we weren’t as bad off as some of the other overlanders who spent the night on the truck after being rained out of their tents!

Overland camping not always luxury

Off to Rundu

After a seven hour drive, some of us choosing to pass the time with a little help from Uncle Bells, we arrive at Rundu on Namibia’s shared Angolan border and not far from where we will cross the border into Botswana. As we are driving, the landscape changes dramatically around us, from grassy golds to lush greens whilst Nguni cattle line the streets and people dressed in dark coloured prints appear along the roadside. We knew we were getting close to the Botswana border! We set up camp on the banks of the Kavango River and although there are supposed to be some monster crocs and hippo’s around we don’t manage to spot any.

Rundu crocodiles

Instead we enjoy our drinks whilst looking out from the deck overhanging the river and listen to the chorus of reed frogs and the engine of the sunset cruise boat as it chugs by.

Day 15: Maun

Hippo Hollers

We heard a hippo on the banks near our campsite last night whilst we were lying in our tents. Woo-hoo, I wouldn’t trade that sound for the world! Botswana Baby, Yeah! A quick trip and we cross the border into Botswana. The roads are long and flat reaching out into the horizon. We drive past herds of livestock running across the road every 100 metres. Tons of goats, sheep and cattle and they aren’t afraid of our overlanding truck. The surrounding bush is thick, lush and green with ominous rain clouds gathering like grey candy-floss across the sky. Maun We arrive at the Sitatunga Campsite, the base for our Okavango Delta Mokoro trip, and unpack before heading off into the town of Maun to browse the local markets for the afternoon.

Sitatunga Campsite outside the Okavango Delta

Maun is the fifth largest town in Botswana, although standing in the middle of the main street you can see from one end of the town to the other. I found some killer hot and spicy chilies at the vendor market, as well as some cool looking safari hats! We spend the rest of the night dreaming about what the Okavango Delta had in store for us on this dream vacation. TIA (This is Africa) and I am enjoying the hell out of it. Can’t wait for the Delta!

Stay tuned for the next entry from Tamzyn's Overland Diary.
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