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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta January 15th 2007

I have returned to Maun after my sojourn into the Okavango Delta. After learning and seeing pictures of the Okavango Delta it became one of those places I just had to visit. The Delta is created where the Okavango River decides to battle the Kalahari Desert. The desert wins. The river dies a sandy grave. But in the process, it creates this magnificent wetland area in the middle of a desert. Inside the delta there are areas of permant swamp and annual swamp. Right now is the rainy season so the delta is slowly filling up with water. In April/June time frame the waters will reach their peak. Most of the water in the delta comes from the rains in Angola. It takes several months for the water to fill the delta. Usually sometime after the ... read more
Mekoro sunset
Delta
Bringing in the fishing net

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta October 16th 2006

Up before daybreak at about 5 in order to be ready to start a guided walking safari into the bush at 6 sharp. We split into several small groups. We saw elephant, giraffe, zebra, steenbok and fleetingly a wild cat. We saw tracks of some nocturnal creatures such as hyenas and anteaters. Our guide also showed us the track made by a python. It was overcast but incredibly sticky. We returned to the camp at about 9am. The rest of the day was at leisure. The locals caught some catfish and rather horribly one was still alive and writhing as they placed it on the grill above the campfire. The local women spent much of their time weaving handicrafts out of reeds such as bangles and bowls. Only the men seem to be able to ... read more
Yei women making handicrafts
Camp chat
Patricia peeps out

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta October 15th 2006

The mouse reappeared and peed on the mosquito net when Jen screamed. We prepared our bags for the trip into the bush camp in the Okavango Delta.An open sided truck appeared and we crammed ourselves and the supplies on board. Potsy was in charge (Kat staying behind in Maun). The first half an hour was along reasonable roads but there followed two hours along incredibly bumpy roads assign remote settlements of traditional village huts with reed roofs and mud walls (sometimes fabricated with a core of empty beer cans). We forded a river and passed a final village where the ‘polers’ live and shortly after stopped at the reed bed where the ‘makuros’ and the polers were waiting for us. My first alarming impression of the makuros, which are the local canoes hewn from a ... read more
Botswana houses
Sheltering from the sun
Female poler

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta May 6th 2005

Botswana is a genuine African success story, dear reader. It's a big, dry country that sits astride the Kalahari desert; the biggest continuous area of sand in the world. This country of less than two million people is home to a stable democracy, abundant resources and the breathtaking natural scenery of the Okavango Delta, without a doubt one of the most sublime places on Earth. As we continue the adventures from the previous journal, Botswana features as the next destination on our great African safari. The Chameleon tours team crossed the border from Namibia in the safari truck to be greeted at an extremely remote and desolate border by laid back customs officials, who chatted amiably while all our team's paperwork was completed. We climbed back aboard as the safari guide Chico drove us into Botswana ... read more
Mokoro guide on the Delta
A well deserved splash
Sunset on the Okavango Delta

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta June 2nd 2003

From Victoria Falls we headed into Botswana and the Okavango Delta. We went on a three night Mokoro (canoe) trip into part of the delta. It wasnt quite how we imagined it would be. We were poled to a camp on an "island" and did morning and afternoon walks from there. The water was really low, the rains have only just begun in Angola and the water hasnt reached the delta yet. We saw the usual giraffe, impala, jackel, badgers and elephants, some up quite close, and remember that we were on foot. We also went to a hippo pool one evening and watched 13 or so hippo watching us. We are hoping that we finally got that big toothy grin hippo photo! Not sure why this email was so short, we had a good time ... read more
Sunset in the Okavango Delta
Colin being poled along in his mokoro
Messing about in the river




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