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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta December 13th 2011

We arranged our Delta tour through a group called Tribes Travel in the UK. We happened upon them online and they have been tremendously helpful at setting up our trip albeit a little expensive. Our trip (and budget) allowed for a total of 8 nights and abour 9 days and two countries. We flew into Livingstone, Zambia which along with Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe are the towns that border the mighty Victoria Falls. In the wet season at the peak of high water the falls become a 1.3km continuous sheet of water, the longest in the world. November is the dry season which means the animals are clustered around water and easier to see however it also means that the falls are not very impressive. We have pictures from our microlight flight on a CD but ... read more
Rachel is apprehensive, Chuck is having a blast!
Getting a bit wet....
Taking a break to drift in the current outside the boat

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta August 29th 2011

M – Most people who visit the Okavango Delta go to Maun at the Southern tip of the delta. But we took the road a little less travelled and ventured into the Okavango Panhandle at the North West corner of the delta. Look at the pictures, it’s not very good, and is mobbed with people so don’t go there … Botswana apparently has a tourism policy of higher prices, lower numbers and with the idea of some degree of ‘exclusivity’ and a smaller impact on its environment. We did our research, whilst Maun has the highly priced tours and accommodation we weren’t totally sold on the exclusivity piece. By now we have gotten used to being on our own. Any other tourist represents a bit of a crowd and we start getting twitchy so Kate came ... read more
Sunset In The Delta Shot From The Mokoro
Our Camp At Selonga Right On The Edge Of The Delta
Our Guide Zu With The Remains Of The Hippo We Had For Lunch

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta June 10th 2011


Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta June 4th 2011

Shakawe -now there's town. It does not get much further from civilization. So we went to the village and approached the chief. He appeared in all his fine livery, a nice shiny navy blue jacket, a white cardigan, drainpipe pants and worn black shoes. His round bottle end glasses, missing tooth and cane gave him a regal standing. He would have been 70-80 yrs old. Most of the village assembled with about 30 women in beautiful dresses of all ages and states of repair on one side and men loitering on the other side. Teenagers with mobile phones and worn blue jeans made up the foreground. I got one of our helpers to ask the chief if we could take a photo as the chief only spoke his dialect. I was told the chief wanted money ... read more
James get in the photo please

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta June 3rd 2011

Survived 1000km round trip to the panhandle of the Okavango Delta. We saw elephants and a wild ostrich pair on the way up there. The panhandle is the neck of the Okavango and from there it stretches out into the web that is the delta. Our accommodation was on a houseboat for the first three nights which we shared with four middle aged Americans. We moored upstream in the middle of the river with reeds 3m high all round; hippo grass and papyrus. We were taken upstream in a small boat about 4pm for a few hours. We saw hippos in small families with just snouts ears and eyes above water. There were thousands of birds. We feasted on the visual feast of bee eaters, kingfishers and water eagles. The water is so clear and clean ... read more
Clean Water
Rainbow Bee Eaters
Weaver Bird Nests

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta March 24th 2011

Africa is vast with many national parks and game reserves located in remote wilderness areas. Often as with Botswana, the only way to reach them is with a small aircraft. Typically, aircraft are not airliners. They are relatively small and therefore always have strict luggage and weight restrictions. A variety of safety issues also dictate teh luggage restrictions; from the small baggage stowage bays, lenght of runways to fuel limitiations, etc. Your safety in the air always comes first so beware, pilots will simply not fly when teh plane is overweight!! Here are some valuable guidelines when flying to a safari destination in Africa: * Maximum luggage weight is 20kg's per person including carry-on luggage if more than one bag and camera equipment. * Check the baggage dimentions permitted by each airline. Airlines vary, however the ... read more
Luggage size and weight is NB
Planes are small compared to airlines
Small fixed wings are standard

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta February 15th 2011

Greetings once again from Maun, Botswana. Early starts here are the normal way of things, so by 7 o'clock we were packed; tents down; breakfasted; loaded onto a truck and off to the delta.. The Okavango Delta is unique as the only inland tropical delta. The rains of the Angolan highlands flow down to the delta where they get blocked by higher land. The waters spread out to form a network of rivers and lakes and island between them. Birds abound and it attracts wildlife from all around due to the abundance of water. The only way into the delta is by light aircraft or the traditional little canoes, or mokoros. We took the mokoro option, with our kitchen and food for two days in its own mokoro and a further canoe for the tents. Soon ... read more
Into the Delta
Reed channel
Our camp

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta February 12th 2011

Brief greetings from Maun, Botswana - another Africa, the Africa of birds and beasts and bush fires. We met our truck, crew and companions at a lodge in the middle of nowhere. The bright orange truck is nearly a double decker, with all our gear – and that includes tents and a camp kitchen – underneath and us in seated splendour on top. The truck seats 26 and we are just 8 plus 3 crew and the space this gives us is really great. We are a mix of older Brits (3) and younger Aussies (5) and Zimbabweans (the crew). Our first stop was Khara Rhino Sancturay, on the edge of the Kalahari desert. A long, slow game drive showed us our first real African game. Rhino, of course, and lots of them close to the ... read more
Trima the cook in his kitchen
White Rhino

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta February 11th 2011

The last 2 days have been amazing! I woke up to find the open safari vehicle was waiting to take Locke and me to the Okavango Delta. He headed over some dirt roads until we got to our mokora boats. For the 2 of us, there were a total of 4 local folks accompanying us into the Delta. One was Jonah, he was the group leader. There was a trainee who didn’t say much and 2 ladies. The ride took about 1.5 hours to our campsite. The ride was wonderful. You basically lie back and chill out in this narrow boat while starring at the thousands of water lilies. When I say campsite, there is nothing but open land. There were a ton of trees which provided a ton of shade. Considering the heat, this was ... read more
Okavango Delta
Okavango Delta

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta December 9th 2010

I recently visited one of the most magical places in Botswana's Okavango Delta - Duba Plains. Here is my story about the resident lions and buffalo. I hope you enjoy it. ... read more

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