into the delta

Okavango Delta Travel Blog

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after a full days drive through northern botswana whilst coming to grips with the fact that there are very few people who appeared to be above 35-40 years old due to the huge death rate of HIV aids in botswana i took an excursion from the capital Maun into the delta. We were taken to a village at the edge of the delta where our makoro poler/guide would take us into the delta for a couple of days. The delta was about 45 minutes from Maun by jeep and the 2hrs into the delta by makoro, which is basically a dug out tree which is then propelled much like a gondola. when we arrived in the middle of nowhere we set up camp, and went swimming in the delta which was extremely refreshing in the heat.

little girl
Within minutes a storm came in and i was left swimming in the middle of the delta with rain belting down and an eerie mist rising from the water, meaning for 20 minutes or so i was alone unable to see or hear anyone, with just the most amazing atmosphere and scenery thanks to the weather and remote location.

after the storm had passed over it was time to go on a game spotting walk, where we were lucky enough to walk almost right upto some wild elephants and giraffe, with zebras grazing in the background. As we were staring in awe at how close to the elephants we'd got we could hear lions in the distance, which was a great feeling of excitement mixed with aprehension as i didn't fancy outrunning a lion (certainly not in that heat). Back at the camp we sat around the fire with the guides as they sang and danced (oblivious at the time that they'd drank my cider!)

The following morning we went in search of the animals once again, and i was amazed to see fresh hippo & buffalo tracks 30-40m from our camp, where they'd come down to the water overnight.

makoros in the delta
after taking down the tents we had time for a swim and a go at poling a makoro around for a bit before handing it back to the guides to take us back to the village.

From there we headed back into Maun, and the airport to take a scenic flight over the delta, which was cool, as i saw where we'd been and the abundance of wildlife that i'd just spent a day and a half looking for. The sheer size of the delta was amazing to see as was the pilots ability to seamingly fly along the ground(h told us it was 4m off the ground whilst at full speed!) the only problem with the flight was that due to flying over the animals and the amount of flights taking place, you couldn't turn back to see something u'd briefly caught a view of( namely rhinos) so u had to have eyes everywhere and a fast finger on the camera, but overall the combination of the 2 trips left me overall impressed.

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big ellie
big ellie
little girl
little girl
makoros in the delta
makoros in the delta
swimming in the delta
swimming in the delta
trying not to fall in
trying not to fall in
guides & me
guides & me
a million miles from anywhere
a million miles from anywhere
remote village along the dirt rd t…
remote village along the dirt rd …
giraffe
giraffe
dead buffalo
dead buffalo
view from the delta
view from the delta
view from the air
view from the air
very low flying
very low flying
me looking at huge termite mound a…
me looking at huge termite mound …
Okavango Delta
photo by: Biedjee