Africa Trip 2017-18: Day 44 Okavango Delta, Botswana

Thursday 04 January 2017. Photos.
Highlights: Mokoro Canoe Ride, Dusk Walking Safari, Bush Camp under the stars

We headed out for the Delta at 8.30 am after loading up our gear truck. The drive to the delta took roughly 1.5 hours with the last 25-30 minutes being rough driving conditions as we past though several local villages. At the delta we offloaded our limited equipment and moved to small canoes. Richard joined my for our mokoro ride with our poler being Brandy who took great care of us. The mokoro ride took about 1.5 hours as we gently moved through the small water laneways. We stopped out one point to get out and view eating and relaxing zebras.

I managed to get to our bush camp without falling into the water but I suspect I might have ended up with some sunburn, I guess I’ll find out tomorrow.

After relaxing at the mobile camp site we left around 4 pm to undertake a dusk walking safari. We used the canoes to get to our location and then received our briefing about what to do with we saw buffalo, lions or elephants up close. At this point I realised a walking tour is a bit more serious than a game drive.

We were broken into smaller groups and our local guide ‘Best’ took us out looking for wild animals and explaining the Okavango Delta, the plants, insects and wildlife. During the 2.5 hour walk we ended up seeing zebras, a wildebeest, some baboons, and from a distance some hippos and one elephant. On our return we were treated to an amazing sunset across the Delta plains.

A short canoe ride and we were back out our campsite. The guides reminded us of the safety precautions that must be taken, basically stay in your tent if a lion comes around. After a wonderful dinner the local guides performed some local songs for our entertainment. I retired to my tent appreciating the outdoor bush toilet they built between every tent. While this is roughing it a toilet per tent is a big luxury.

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