Travelling to Botswana has always been something I’ve wanted to do. Coming from South africa, I hope to one day visit all our neighbouring countries. I have one left of the four, Zimbabwe. The Okavango Delta was one of the best trips I’ve done in Africa. The game and wildlife is incredible and like nothing I have seen in South Africa.
First off, you travel to the small tourist town of Maun, north of Botswana. Maun is a tiny little town, with a wimpy, a small woolworths and a small airport. Despite this its the 5th largest town in Botswana with a population of 55 000. The locals that live there love it. Their homes are found deep in the bush on the outskirts of the delta. Donkeys, cows, sand, dust and alcohol is found here. Try The Old Bridge Backpackers for a fun night out!
The Delta Resorts
The Okavango delta is the largest delta in the world. 11 cubic km spreads over 15 000km2. It has now become one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of wildlife.
Catch a small plane from Maun to one of many wild life resorts located within the delta. We went to two, Sandibe by And Beyond as well as Chief’s Camp by Sanctuary Resorts. The hotels range from 5 to 7 stars and are absolutely incredible. From the wildlife, food, service and experience is like no other I have yet to experience. Each cabin gets their own driver and spotter for game drives, educating you as you drive through the bush on the various species of game surrounding you. Never before have I seen such extraordinary game in such decadence, we were lucky enough to see a leopard eating a impala in the first 30 minutes of arrival. During your game drive you are treated to snacks and drinks, making sure that you are looked after at every beck and call. It’s truly wildlife heaven. We saw the big 5 ( Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion, Rhino) and much more, not to mention a white rhino, which is a rare sight in Africa today.
Its rather a good idea to experience both the resorts as well as the bush in all its glory. Get down and dirty and camp. Its such an experience that one will never forget. We hired tents and bed rolls from a local shop, Kalahari Kanvas, here you hire all the equipment but it’s good to go with your own as well. We luckily had the best tour guide, Uncle Ian Clarke. He hooked us up with all the gadgets and tools which we needed. All we did was pack our bags. He was incredible as he navigated our boat through the delta off memory! We enjoyed a day on the boat, tanning and spotting game.
We stopped at Chiefs Island, historically this island was reserved as the chiefs private hunting ground. Here we spent 3 nights in the wilderness, no fences and no guns. Just the nature and us. Camping close to hippos, hyena, elephants and wild dogs, one could hear their calls during the night. Sitting around camp fires, playing games and going on game walks proved to be much fun. On our walk we were so excited to come across a pack of wild dog which is endangered. A truly magical sitting to see on foot. Thanks to Uncle Ian for leading us there. Swim in the delta and enjoy the intimacy of being one with the bush.
Many thanks to Uncle Ian, Carla, John and @prettymuchbes for the amazing holiday, take me back I miss these days of adventuring.