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The watery ways of the Okavango Delta

By 26th January 2017 No Comments

The Okavango Delta covers a staggering 15,000 – 22 000 square kilometers and is one of the world’s largest inland deltas. The labyrinth of lagoons and waterways expands as the yearly floods surge downwards from the Angolan highlands into the sands of the Kalahari which forms the base of the Okavango Delta.

delta2It has a vast amount of animal and bird species. A recent study of the Okavango Delta recorded 122 species of mammals, 71 species of fish, 64 species of reptiles and 444 species of birds. Some of the animal species you may see in the delta are: Elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippopotamus, lion, cheetah, leopard, blue wildebeest, hyena, lechwe, kudu, sable antelope and smaller animals such as mongoose and meerkats. Some of the bird species you may see in the delta are: African fish eagle, pel’s fishing owl, crested crane, lilac-breasted roller, hammerkop, ostrich and sacred ibis – Just to name a few!

elephant_2A day and night in the delta is a true nature experience. You leave the comfort of your Overland truck or Small Groups vehicle for a while and head into the real wilds of Africa. You will be met by the local polers as you embark on a relaxing adventure in a mokoro (a traditional dugout canoe), meandering through the reed filled haven for a journey into the heart of the delta. You may be lucky enough to spot the wildlife over the grasses, the giraffe, elephant and zebra are often drinking at the water’s edge and the frogs leaping from one giant lily pad to another.

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Accommodation for the night is based at a tented camp with basic facilities, but what you lack in creature comforts the surroundings and wildlife certainly make up for it. As the night falls relish the open fire glowing in the darkness and you will enjoy the evening in traditional song and dance.

delta_campIn the morning as the dawn breaks through the tall island palms, you will prepare for a morning nature walk.  This guided walk allows a unique perspective: track wildlife, understand animal movement, patterns and behavior, appreciate in-depth information about trees, grasses and the finer details of bush medicines.

delta-sept-08-154Returning back to camp, the meandering mokoro trip starts again back to the polers post and onward to Maun where you can meet and reminisce about your amazing bush adventure into the waterways of the Okavango Delta.

Explore the eco enriched Okavango Delta with Acacia Africa and see it’s beautiful wildlife come into the light, whilst the landscapes enchant’s you by its relaxed atmosphere and joyous people.