On this exclusive 7-night safari, you cross the world's greatest delta system, following the waterways and submerging yourself in the Delta's wildlife and subtleties. Elephants use their trunks as snorkels, thousands of hippos bathe and grunt, and over 500 bird species flutter above an exciting cast of predators; the only way to truly discover the Okavango Delta is by boat. Staying at luxurious mobile camps en route, this is an intimate adventure through the heart of the oasis.
Okavango Kopano – First Impressions of the Delta
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.
Day 2 - 3
Okavango Kopano – Beauty of Southern Okavango by Boat
Day 4 - 5
Moremi Game Reserve – Game-Rich Heart of the Delta
Day 6 - 7
Northern Okavango – Journeying Up the Okavango Panhandle