When you start planning a relaxing holiday, seaside destinations immediately spring to mind with the thought of basking in the shade of a palm tree, sea breeze skimming through your hair, and the turquoise ocean lapping at your toes, which can gladly assist your planning with here! … but travellers to Africa hardly ever consider Botswana as a destination for relaxation. Please think again:
The Okavango Delta, being one of the world’s largest inland waterway systems, offers some of the most unique ways to enjoy wildlife viewing in Africa. For those of you who don’t understand how the system works, the Delta’s floods are fed from the Angolan rains, which start in October and finish sometime in April. The floods move down, and only cross the border between Botswana and Namibia in December and will only reach the bottom end of The Delta (Maun) sometime in July, taking almost nine months from the source to the bottom.
Arriving into the Okavango is usually by light aircraft, a little adventure if you are nervous of flying, but a great vantage point to see the waterways, perhaps spot an elephant or two meandering over the islands. Depending on the time of your travel, choosing a permanent water camp is probably the safest option to make sure you can enjoy all the water activities on offer in The Okavango Delta.
Morning Game Walks are a great way to get your day started. Fishing expeditions during the day, or just relaxing at the pool, reading your book will force you to take a step back and relax. And afternoon Mokoro (dug-out canoe) rides, ending off with sundowners on the banks of a waterway to watch the sun go down, are probably the most chilling way to end of your day’s activities.
Various game lodges in the Okavango Delta are positioned on their own private concessions where they are also allowed to offer Game Drives, in open 4×4 landrovers, giving you an opportunity to participate in night game drives, and go off road to get really close to their unique wildlife. The delta environment has large numbers of animal populations that are otherwise rare, such as crocodile, red lechwe, marshbuck, elephant, wild dogs, buffalo, wattled crane as well as the other more common mammals and bird life. It’s rather special. Let us take you there.