Okavango Delta and Moremi

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Okavango Delta and Moremi

Overview
Activities and Highlights
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Description

In a land where the arid sands of the Kalahari Desert stretches far and wide, and where the whirling of dust demons dance through the waves of heat, the imposing waters of the Okavango Delta takes control and swallow the barren desert, transforming it into an oasis of sky blues and emerald greens. This desert oasis is the world’s largest inland delta, and its overwhelming beauty is a site to behold. Bursting out into numerous networks of winding water labyrinths, the Okavango River feeds the deltas shimmering floodplains, pools and lagoons and nourishes the floating lilies and fringing forests.

If the Okavango Delta is visited for its striking beauty then the Moremi Wildlife Reserve is all about the game. Located within the north-western regions of the delta, Moremi Wildlife Reserve is where dense populations of game come to play, especially during the dry season. Massive herds of buffalo and elephants migrate to these regions and large predators like the lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, hyena and jackal all hunt their prey in and around the reserve. The reeds, grass and palm- fringed islands are havens to more than 450 bird species, which make the Okavango Delta an astonishing paradise to all birdwatchers.

Unmistakeably, the Okavango Delta is an Eden of majestic proportions that lays in the heart of Africa.

Access Details

Maun acts as a gateway to all who wishes to visit the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve. Daily flights to Maun are scheduled from Cape Town, Johannesburg, Victoria Falls and Windhoek.

Suggested Stay Details

The Okavango is a large stretch of oasis within a desert worthy visiting a variety of areas. We suggest a minimum of 2 nights (ideally 3 nights) at a single lodge, combining 2-3 locations as you explore the area. A 5 - 10 night stay in the Okavango Delta

Type of Experience

One of best safari destinations in Africa, one of highest concentration of wildlife in world, oasis in the desert, unique wilderness area. Game drives, game walks, exploring waterways in makoro dugout canoe or flat bottom boats, fish for tigers or bream, sundowners in the bush, spend time in a hide watching phenonemal bird life, best wildlife photography, view waterways and plains from air as you arrive and leave by light aircraft, incredible lion vs buffalo interactions, discover rare Sitatunga antelope leaping through water, spot the African Skimmer flying over the water, hear the unmistakable cry of African Fish Eagle, opportunities for both elephant back and horseback safaris, be pampered at luxury lodges, enjoy views from your private deck and plunge pool, savour the solitude, be fed amazing meals, listen to the sounds of the night, the roar of lions and cackling laughter of hyenas pierce the air.

Besides the unparalleled beauty of the Okavango Delta, the floodplains lend itself to the march of the African elephant, one of the Big Five. Here you get a chance to explore the wilderness on the back of a well trained gentle African giant. Perched high, you blend into the wilderness which offered astonishing advantages. Strolling alongside the larger elephants are playful calf’s, cutely trying their best not to trample on their own trunk or strolling behind holding the tail of their mother.

Infrastructure

The Okavango Delta is largely an untouched, ever-changing oasis. The area has many luxurious camp sites and safari lodges. Accommodation offers all the amenities of first world luxurious.

Geography

Produced by season flooding, the Okavango Delta is a flat area which stretches out into lagoons, islands, river streams and grasslands.

History

In the distant past, as far back as the Stone Age, the Okavango River drained into one of Africa’s superlakes, the fossilize Makgadikgadi Lake. About three million years ago, the shifting of tectonic plates caused the Okavango River to change course. Over many years the superlake of Makgadikgadi slowly dried, leaving behind a saline encrusted layer which is now known as the Makgadikgadi Pans. As the Okavango River receded, the delta forged and flourished.

It is believed that the tribes of the Khoisan inhabited the areas of the Delta some thousands of years ago. Infringing on the land for 2000 years, at least, were groups of Buntu farmers, hunters and traders.

Once Botswana became colonialized by the arrival of the Europeans, the wildlife dwindled due to hunting. As a result, in 1962 the BaTwana people took steps to create the Moremi Game Reserve, which now covers a third of the Delta.

Activities & Highlights

GAME DRIVES: With the skilled guidance and handling of a 4x4 vehicle, you will be escorted through floodplains and alongside river valleys by a professional ranger. If you are lucky you will get a chance to discover the rare Sitatunga; an aquatic antelope which jolts through water and even submerges itself when threatened. Zebra’s are hunted by lions and both monkey and baboons are prey to leopards.

EXPLORE IN A MAKORO: The many river valleys, swamps and streams attract a plethora of wildlife and with a traditional mokoro; these waters become a majestic winding course of exploration. The mokoro is a dugout canoe used by the indigenous people who occupied the land hundreds of years ago. Drift across pools, lagoons and narrow streams, and listen to the cry of the overflying birds. Watch were you drift because these streams are home to some rather territorial hippos and crocodiles who lounge about without a care in the world, other than the thought of their next meal.

BIRDS PARADISE: The Okavango Delta is a luscious wonderland of papyrus lined waterways, forest fringes pools and rolling grasslands. It is no surprise that birds would flock to these majestic confines. The colourful carmine bee-eater flocks back during the summer months. The woodland kingfisher, hornbill, francolins, warblers and bulbuls all raucously fill the air with the chorus of their tweets. Slaty egret, wanders, storks, cranes and 16 species of heron are all present too.

FEISTY FISH: Home to well over 70 species of fish, the Okavango Delta is the ideal waters to cast a line in and relax. After all, you’re going to need to reserve your strength if it’s the fighting tiger fish you’re after. The streams are flourishing with sick-fin barb fish, tilapia and catfish. Keep a lookout for the giant 1.4m sharptooth-catfish which lurk in these waters.



Season Travel Details

The delta is essentially an oasis surrounded by arid desert. The wet season causes the delta to swell and burst into blossoming colours from November to March. Rain generally stops in the month of April and the area becomes dryer toward October. During this time, game congregate around permanent water holes and the water streams of the delta.

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