You can get a taste of the delta experience from Maun
A true oasis
Game drives by the knowledgeable staff of Kwara Camp in the Okavango Delta are a rewarding experience, whether you like large game, beautiful scenery, or birdlife. On the two occassions I visited the delta, I got to see lions, elephants, buffalo, giraffes, a wide variety of antelope, zebras, hippos, and a leopard and a cheetah. Night drives allowed...more
Being from the UK when I first saw these mounds all over Africa I had no idea what they were!Luckily my Australian friend informed me - Termite Mounds - Amazing!I have since seen these in their thousands on my trip in Australia, but I was fascinated when I saw them in Africa, and this one here was one of many in the Okavango Delta.more
The waterways of the delta are truly amazing, and I will always remember sitting in the Mokoro, with our poler poling us down the waterways, huge colourful dragon flies in my face, beautiful waterlillies sitting on the side of the water with huge sprawls of papyrus.All the time my hand in the water of this amazing place in Africa.more
These waterways are some of the worlds most famous. The Okavango Delta is so huge, when you are on the waters it feels as though you are in just a tiny section!The traditional way to travel on the delta is in a Mokoro - which is a dugout canoe, these are still made and used today and not only by tourists.The Mokoro's look real small, when I saw it...more
We left Maun and drove towards to Okavango Delta in our jeep.The Okavango Delta was a place of amazing landscapes - the palms, waters, flatness, insects and game. There was a weird kind of atmosphere out there too - quite eerie, and there were animals you did'nt expect to be living in these parts.One night I fell asleep listening to Hyena laughing...more
Sam told me about the plants and animals of the delta and I began to realise that I was able to enjoy the tour more because I couldn’t take photos. I could concentrate much more on the trip this way and my annoyance disappeared. I was also very happy that I was alone. It was so peaceful and I liked Sam’s quiet way of telling about things.After...more
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One thing I'd like to tell traveller who never visit Africa yet but plan to go there one day is...1. Food choices are limitted if you travel in normal or middle class type ,not high end type. 2. You have to prepare yourself to wait long to "very long" time before you get your food,so I suggest people who always have a little emotion or bad temper...more
Positioned on prime real estate in the main street of Maun, you will come across the Maun chicken shop. The sign advertises "take away" or "rest" as the two options for purchasing their product. I strongly advise to only look at the produce because judging by the swarm of flies and insects that were creating the breeze that enabled the smell to...more
Upon our departure from Maun campsite into the delta, Adam, our truck driver advised that he had to stay behind to get a few tents repaired and to service "Mutley" the truck. He also advised that he would join us the next day.Elise "witchy poo", our tour guide and Adams partner, was heard to utter, "If you turn up in the delta I will eat Elephant...more
here are 4 of the places to go to if you are looking for a good time in maun ...1) Okovango river lodge (open plan bar, good food, good music and the most popular place at the moment with the local maunies :P)2) Sitatunga (a bit far out of town but still a nice bar and a good ambiance when the overland trucs come in , serves food, though not that...more
well, to put it bluntly, there is only two semi-decent spots in maun...it`s a small place...so this is my preffered.There is a food menu, pool tables and drink.the later it gets the more rowdy the locals get so either be prepared for a wild night...or take the kids back to the lodge!! no....it`s the bush!!!go in a swimming costume if you like!more
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Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta, and the airport there primarily serves the 'high end' tourist market. You could be forgiven for not realising this given the disgraceful state of the ladies' toilets (in the interests of gender sensitivity, I didn't check out the gents, but am told that they are no better).An international airport is the...more
Motor boats are not permitted within the Okavango Delta. As a result, the only real for of transport that will enable you to see this area, (apart from a plane or helicoptor,) is the mokoro.The mokoro is a dug-out canoe made from a large straight tree such as a sausage tree or an ebony tree. It is ideally suited as transport in the delta as in can...more
Just because something started life as a key ring doesn't mean it can't evolve into a Christmas tree ornament - why, it even has that handy little round bit to hang it from!This key ring is made from hand carved beads fashioned out of ostrich egg shell which has a warm, creamy colour and a delightfully rough texture. Don't worry about this posing a...more
If you'd like to buy sovenir like t-shirt ,you 'd better buy from Maun,especially if you don't go to Kasane,and things in Maun are cheaper than in Kasane.One good thing is you can buy post card and stamp in same shop,no need to buy from post office.For local handcraft ,I suggest you not to buy from the big shop (unless you need a quality one)but...more
No mokoro ride or mokoro camping safari can happen without the help and knowledge of the local people.
On arrival you will be met by a local guide who will chose you as their passenger. You are then asked for your bags, which are loaded onto your mokoro.
These people pole their way across the delta for 2.5 hours before you arrive at your camp site. They are also at your side whenever you need need assistance, They are your guide every day on your walking safaris, They explain how they track animals and what animal leaves what droppings or tracks. When you are hot they take you to a safe area for swimming and when you want to go to the toilet.....They dig the hole!!!!!
MY TIP.....respect these people and pack a little extra into your pack that you can leave with them! A pair of shoes or a t-shirt is worth a lot to these people and when you are delivered safe and sound back at your pick up point give your guide 50 Pula (US$11.00)for his trouble.
While out walking you realise just how remote and wild this place is. When you stray a little farther and see the carcas of a wildebeest with hyena chewing happily, it hits home just how wild and dangerous this place is. When you look in the trees and the thing that is responsible for the dead wildebeest you wish you were back in camp!NOTE THE...more
At times it was easy to forget that we were camping in the middle of wild Africa. During the heat of the day, when we were relaxing by the waters edge, playing cards and drinking beer, a herd of elephant came down for a drink within 30 metres of our tents. These wild animals could have easily walked straight through our camp to gain access to the...more
As part of our camping experience we were treated to an evening mokoro cruise to catch the sunset and to see the animals come down to the water for a drink. A short way into this cruise we stumbled across a group of hippos that were less than impressed with us traversing their little patch of paradise! We had an uneasy feeling when our polers and...more
Always travel with your main backpack and a day pack. I keep my toiletries and a change of clothes in the day pack which I keep with me at all times along with my camera bag. comfortable shoes for walking, hat, sunglasses, a jacket or fleece are all essential Plenty of mosquito repellent. Take all you essential toiletries with you.TOILET PAPER IS...more
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Gudigwa village is the largest settlement of San people in Botswana, with around 800 "Bukakhwe" San Bushman living here. The Bukakhwe San people are indigenous to the Kalahari Desert and the northern fringes of the Okavango Delta. By sharing their culture and knowledge of the bush, they should be able to revive a dying culture and pass on their intricate and intimate knowledge of their environment to future generations.
San people are your local guides into the Okavango Delta and the money they earn for their expertise goes a long way to providing medical facilities etc to their village and to improving their way of life.
Favorite thing: When I visited this unique part of Africa, I took the time to sit and marvel at this truely remarkable place. The delta is the result of the only river in the world that flows inland. Its waters filter through the sands and fan out into the desert, providing a unique eco system that supports an abundance of wildlife. I am truely lucky to have experienced and witnessed all that this place has to offer.