Friday, April 18, 2014

Okavango Delta, Botswana

October 2013

The Okavango Delta was one of my favourite spots on this trip. Maybe it was the accommodation (see next post for details), maybe it was the isolation and the fact you fly in or maybe it was the stunning scenery and the fact it was so different than most of our other stops.

The Okavango Delta is located a short flight from Maun in Botswana. Each year 11 cubic kilometers of water spreads through causing a change into the areas accessible by land and the type of wildlife found.

One of the most popular activities to do in the delta is to travel the "hippo highway" in a Mokoro (or canoe).

This is a particularly popular activity for birders, and gives you a totally different perspective to the landscape and the wildlife activity.

We had one person who was too nervous to get in the Mokoro, but your guides are local and know the waterways and animal behaviour well.

There is also plenty of opportunity for land activities.

There were a number of younger animals with their families and it was good to see the circle of life.

While we didn't see any big cats on this part of our trip, there was always something to catch your eye.

The backdrop also made for great sunrises and sunsets (also the best time to see the wildlife).

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