The Okavango River spills from the west, stretching across vast floodplains to leave hundreds of islands cut off from everywhere. As the water flows eastwards, it slows its pace and slips into a series of ancient channels. These dissect the woodland and savannah of southeastern Okavango, creeping out like mystical fingers curling across the land. Often it still feels dry here, the grasses brittle and scorched as the delta's bounty doesn't quite stretch far enough. So this Okavango Kopano conservancy area isn't what you'd initially picture the Okavango to look like. It's a hybrid area, halfway between desert and delta, a place that's on the migratory routes while supporting an interesting cast of wildlife.
You'll touch down in Maun and get greeted at the airport by a local guide. From here it's a two-hour journey north, following a rugged four-wheel-drive track to the water. This is where your boat journey starts, on the very edge of the world's largest inland delta system. For the first night, you're staying in a lodge above the river, a serene retreat that helps you overcome any travel fatigue and energize your batteries for the expedition that starts tomorrow. You'll still see the odd bit of wildlife, such as resident hippos and wandering zebra, along with a scattering of colobus and vervet monkeys that occupy the trees. Like each day on this itinerary, a sumptuous dinner ambiance on the riverbank and the evening is spent around a crackling fire.
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