Safari Botswana: Expedition Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta – one of the most breathtaking natural sites in Africa. The green oasis in the northwestern part of Botswana is the largest inland delta in the world with more than 20,000 square kilometres. Guests can expect one of the last natural paradises on our planet, whose incomparable diversity of species is astounding. The natural wonder, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014, is fed by the Okavango River which once a year floods down from the Angolan highlands into an almost endless labyrinth of river veins, islands and lagoons.
Together with your professional and experienced guide Okwa you will go on daily bush walks, game drives or mokoro rides in the picturesque Moremi Game Reserve. You will experience the wild nature and the spectacular animal wealth of the region up close and acquire essential knowledge about the flora and fauna of the delta. With this expedition, you will have the opportunity to explore three different areas of the Okavango Delta - these can be experienced individually or in combination to perfectly suit your needs.
- Experience an unforgettable educational adventure safari
- Explore various regions of the world-famous Okavango Delta on foot, in the mokoro or by vehicle
- Enjoy incomparable biodiversity – including the Big Five
- Decide for yourself which safari route suits you best
- Practice species identification and learn the art of tracking
- Stay in mobile safari camps, built in the midst of unspoilt nature
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- Assistance with selecting travel insurance
- Assistance with booking flights
- Risk coverage certificate
- Pre-departure information pack
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Educational Safari in the Okavango Delta
This educational safari focuses on exploring the spectacular nature of the Okavango Delta and learning more about natural history, species identification and tracking.
To help shape your safari and at the same time be flexible in your travel planning, you can decide on three different sections and book them individually. It is therefore up to you whether you would like to take a short detour into the Okavango Delta or spend the full 12 days on an expedition.
For your arrival, all sections start at Main Airport, where you will be collected at 3pm. If you can't make it, it's best to arrive a day early and spend the night in Maun. We will advise you on this in a personal conversation, so get to know the three sections below:
Section A - Game Drives (4 nights)
The first leg offers three full days in the wildlife-rich Okavango Delta, which you will explore on two daily game drives. Shortly after sunrise, the day starts with coffee and a light breakfast before the first game drive.
In this section, you will go in search of iconic species at the Moremi Game Reserve such as leopards, lions, and - with a bit of luck - wild dogs!
At noon, a well-deserved lunch awaits you at the camp, and you can also take a rest or shower during a midday siesta. In the afternoon you will set off on your second exploration trip and end the day with a sunset drink, a 3-course meal at the camp, and a campfire afterwards.
If you have only booked Section A, you will be transferred to Maun International Airport for your onward journey.
Section B - Walking Safari and Mokoro Ride (4 nights)
If you are arriving from Section A, an exciting day game drive awaits you on the way to the next area. For those who have booked Section B independently, a transfer from Maun to the area is provided.
Over the next three full days, you will explore the area on twice daily activities. These activities consist mainly of walking safaris and, water levels permitting, mokoros (traditional canoes) can also be used to reach nearby walking areas.
The morning walks are usually longer, around 4-5 hours, and cover a greater distance. This is done to provide a more pleasant experience in the cooler morning hours.
In these areas, wildlife concentration is usually high, so encounters with large animals are very likely. You will also learn a lot about tracking and the local flora and fauna during the walks.
If your safari ends after Section B, you will be taken back to Maun by road on the last day.
Section C - Okavango Remote (3 nights)
You will fly in and out of the Jedibe concession bordering Moremi by plane and thus get to know a very remote area in the Okavango Delta. Landing at the Jedibe airstrip, you will continue by boat to your island camp where you will sleep in smaller 3x3m dome tents with en-suite bush bathrooms. Over the next two days, you will explore this fascinating area through boat trips and walking safaris. The landscape here is very different: Papyrus, wild date palms, and other water-dependent plants dominate here. Due to the abundance of water, the concentration of wildlife in this area is somewhat lower - but it opens up a true bird paradise.
Accommodation in Okavango Delta
During sections A and B of the safari adventure, you will be accommodated in mobile camps consisting of so-called mini-muru tents. Here you will use a typical "bush bathroom" equipped with a bucket shower and long-drop toilet. Mobile camps can be set up at any location, offering safari guests an intensive wilderness experience.
The camp in Section C is set up in smaller 3×3 m dome tents with en-suite bush bathrooms. The tents are still comfortable but can be transported to more remote islands more easily due to their smaller size.
Leisure time during the safari
After lunch at camp you can use the following siesta to relax until the second activity of the day which starts in the afternoon. After dinner there will be time for own activities, as well. Enjoying a cool drink at the campfire while reviewing the day is the typical way to end your day in the bush. On the morning of the seventh day of your safari trip you will also travel back to Maun for one night – the afternoon hours in the city can be arranged by you as you wish.
Meals and drinks are included during your safari trip.
Notes on travel planning
Complete Trip (A, B & C)
Important information about this trip
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1. Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta in Botswana is without doubt one of the most spectacular natural sites in Southern Africa, if not in the entire world. Covering more than 20,000 km², the fertile oasis in the northwestern part of the country is the largest inland delta of our planet. The mighty UNESCO World Heritage Site is fed by the Okavango River, which once a year floods down from the highlands of Angola into an endless labyrinth of river courses, islands and lagoons. With a visit to the Delta, one of the last natural paradises on earth awaits you, whose awe-inspiring biodiversity will amaze every visitor.
2. Chief's Island
At 70 kilometres long and 15 kilometres wide, Chief's Island is the largest island in Botswana's world-famous Okavango Delta. When the water level of the delta rises, an unsurpassed wealth of animals gathers here, including the fascinating Big Five – lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and black rhino.
On Chief's Island the Okavango Delta presents itself the way you always imagined it. During guided bush walks and water safaris in the mokoro, you will be able to immerse yourself in the magnificent natural landscapes of the region and its astonishing biodiversity.
3. Moremi Game Reserve
Moremi Game Reserve is located in the east of Botswana's Okavango Delta and enjoys a reputation as one of Africa's most beautiful reserves. Its untouched wilderness stretches over nearly 5000 km² and is characterized by savannahs, winding waterways and dense forests.
The diverse ecosystem is home to a fascinating array of wildlife – from large herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra to the rare sitatunga and lechwe antelopes, lions, cheetahs and packs of wild dogs. The reserve's rich bird life includes most of the 550 bird species on Botswana's national bird list. Various luxurious lodges in the reserve offer travellers the perfect starting point to explore this impressive natural paradise.
Background of the safari adventure in Botswana
This adventure safari is a unique way for outdoor enthusiasts to experience Botswana's nature. An educational safari is designed to provide you with essential knowledge of the local flora and fauna as well as the regions that will be explored during the safari.
This Safari will take you through one of the country's most breathtaking regions: The vast Okavango Delta and its incredible biodiversity can be enjoyed on foot, by vehicle, or in a traditional dugout canoe, the mokoro.
Together with your guide, you will explore the papyrus-covered meadows, river arms and islands daily, acquiring valuable natural knowledge and know-how. Encountering a multitude of large and small representatives of the African animal world, enjoying the silence of the delta’s impressive waterways of the delta and being especially close to nature thanks to unparalleled wilderness camps – an unforgettable and enriching safari experience is awaiting you.
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