Spirit of the Delta
Journey Deep Into the Okavango Delta
This 4 night safari by boat takes you deep into the Okavango Delta, recently listed as the 1,000th World Heritage Site.
Flowing hundreds of kilometres from the highlands of Angola, the waters of the Okavango River spill out over the Kalahari sands creating an extraordinary inland delta of islands, floodplains, deep channels and papyrus beds providing a haven for wildlife.
As these waters can cover over 18,000 sq. km there is no better way to explore them than by boat.
The boats can either meet you in the delta or you can start your journey from Maun, travelling more than 100km northwards through the maze of channels.
Spirit of the Delta
4 night boat safari in the Okavango Delta
Day 1: River Cruise in the Delta
Maun is known as the gateway to the Okavango Delta.
The waters of this wondrous world are only a short boat ride to the north of this frontier town. Thousands of palm fringed islands are surrounded by seasonal floodplains, providing ideal habitat for a wide range of wildlife.
Travelling up the Boro channel whilst passing stately elephant bulls, pods of hippos and herds of red lechwe we will spend our first two nights on Nxaraga Island.
Our simple but comfortable camp overlooking a tranquil lagoon comprises mini meru tents with fully made up stretcher beds, solar lighting and adjacent individual bucket showers and bush loos.
And there is no more tranquil a place to be than in the middle of this lagoon listening to the grunting of the hippos and watching the sunset with a cold drink in your hand followed by a delicious dinner cooked over the coals of an open fire and served under the stars.
Day 3: Drift Deeper Into the Delta
Today we travel deeper and deeper into the delta navigating the meandering Boro Channel up to Tchau Island.
As we venture north the delta displays its differing faces as the channel opens up into wide floodplains dotted with tiny islands covered in date palms. This is a stunningly beautiful area and depending on water levels can provide us with fabulous wildlife viewing.
En route we pause on various islands for a stroll perhaps to seek the rare Pel’s fishing owl or to enjoy a scrumptious lunch.
Despite travelling some distance we will also spend much of the day simply drifting whilst enjoying the wildlife and birdlife, photographing the stunning scenery or merely relaxing aboard soaking up the atmosphere.
In the meantime our camp will also have been moved ahead of us and the camp staff will be at hand as we idle into camp after sunset.
Day 5: Coast Downriver to Maun
Gradually we make our way down river to Maun allowing the current to guide us at a leisurely pace whilst enjoying this water wonderland for a last day.