We did a four-night fly-in safari trip to the Okavango Delta in Botswana, which included two nights in a water-based camp (guided bush walks and water-based game viewing) and another two nights in a land-based camp (which also offers game drives, a major plus if you want to see more wildlife). Our trip to the Okavango was everything we hoped for and were anticipating. The Okavango is a magical place, and a once in a lifetime must-see for anyone who has the slightest interest in Africa, nature, wildlife and especially birds. The trip arrangements went like clockwork, with no issues or surprises. This tour company delivered as promised. We were very pleased with the service and advice we received from the travel agency. I would rate this company as an excellent travel agency for this kind of safari trip, 5/5 stars.
We found all the camp staff to be very friendly, solicitous of our needs, and very well-informed about their unique environment, especially the awesome safari guides assigned to us.
The one slight disappointment was the middling quality and limited variety of meals and wine served at the two camps we stayed at in the Delta: this could be improved.
All in all, a great trip and we have marvellous lifelong memories.
Getting up at sunrise in the African bush is magical: the light, cool air, and bird song are unforgettable.
Driving through the Okavango Delta bush in the open Land Cruiser with our guide and tracker, following the tracks of lions and eventually finding them, and being able to approach them to within a few feet.
Coming upon a female leopard lying in a tree just above our vehicle, then watching her climb down and walk beside the vehicle, then lie down in the grass. Her cub was also around but hidden from sight by the tall grasses.
Sundowner drinks on the banks of a water channel with hippo looking on, and watching the African sun set over the Delta from the open motor boat as we made our way back to camp.
Flying low over the Okavango Delta in the light aircraft that transported us between camps and Maun, and seeing the Delta waters from above.
Spotting not one but two elusive, magnificent Pel's Fishing Owls in huge ebony trees lining the banks of the Xudum River.
Catching a rarely seen civet with the night spotlight as we drove back to camp after sunset.
Sitting around the leadwood campfire after dinner at Pom Pom Camp, with the Milky Way and satellites overhead and listening to the night sounds of the African bush.
We spent two nights in a water-based camp and another two nights in a land-based camp. Our trip was great and this balance of different experiences felt just about right, but if I ever get to the Okavango Delta again, I'd like to see a different part of the Delta, specifically the more northern areas along the Nqoga/Moanachira/Khwai Rivers, and perhaps combine this with a visit to Chobe National Park to see the larger game herds, which are not as prevalent in the Delta itself.
It's important to do your research and choose your Okavango safari camps carefully, as they offer a range of experiences and settings, and also range from very exclusive and small in size (up to about 10 tents) to somewhat larger camps, which will affect the experience you have. The two camps we stayed in – Gunns Camp and Pom Pom Camp – were both small, intimate and quite rustic, which we preferred.
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