User Reviews – Okavango Delta

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5/5

A very special and very beautiful place like nowhere else in Africa. It needs to de seen to be believed.

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5/5

The Okavango Delta has it all.

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5/5

Staying in Bed and Breakfast accommodation (lodges) with monkeys and elephants around, then up pop the hippos in the river, amazing. Found this the best way, as you get to pop into the towns and buy gifts from the locals.

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5/5

You can't beat the excitement of a jeep safari followed by lazy days spent on the Okavango Delta. A gentle evening mokoro trip through the water lilies watching as the sun slowly descends turning the sky into a burnt orange and purple haze is mesmerising.

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4/5

The delta is beautiful, scenery wise it is amazing. We didn't see as many animals though because it's mostly water there and when we were on foot the animals would run from us. You are able to get a lot closer to them in a truck.

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5/5

The Okavango River pours into northern Botswana from Namibia and Angola, then fingers into an immense sprawl of ephemeral marshland and forest containing one of the continent's most spectacular and diverse concentrations of wildlife. The geography is wondrously ambiguous -- deeply tropical at one turn, dryly wooded at the next.

Perhaps most startling of all the country's wildlife, if lacking the glamor of the larger mammals, are its birds, and the Okavango is the best place to see them. The country is held in high regard by birders worldwide, but the sheer volume of species in the Delta is overwhelming. Tent-side one morning, a scan of shallow riverfront resembled a field guide into which one of each endemic species had been dropped by an overanxious illustrator: storks, eagles, hornbills, vultures, and no fewer than a dozen of Botswana's prettiest creature (and also its national bird), the liliacbreasted roller. No less common here than a pigeon in Trafalgar Square, the roller is a brilliantly appointed avian with iridescent, powder blue wings.

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5/5

Just a unique natural wonder of the world, period.

Overall rating
5/5

As for Moremi - the delta is exceptional! The heart of Botswanna!

The Water level was the highest in 50 years and we were not able to get deep into the delta.
Overall rating
4/5

I went to the delta in July 2011 and there is nothing more peaceful than a makoro ride through the delta (as long as you are not arachnophobic). I think I had too high of expectations for the safari after seeing the planet earth footage. It is important to remember that all of the planet earth footage is aerial footage and a Okavango Delta safari is a non-motor vehicle safari. Unfortunately for my trip, a pride of lions had come to the island we were camping at two weeks earlier, made a few kills, and scared most of the animals away. So don't be too surprised if you don't see much of the larger safari animals. It is really just luck of the draw. We did see some really interesting birds including a saddle-billed stork, a Hoopoe, and a Scimitar-billed wood-hoopoe.

That said, one of the most amazing parts of my trip in Africa was an flight over the delta. During the flight we saw all of the tracks in the delta where animals crossed from one island to another. We saw groups of elephants, giraffes, buffalo, tons of different types of antelope and many other wildlife which we didn't see while in the delta. The flight over the delta is an essential part of any trip to the Okavango Delta.

In conclusion, I definitely want to go back to the delta. I think there were many parts of my trip that were just the result of bad luck.

Overall rating
5/5

The delta in May was quite full of water and the "bush vibe" was incredible. We would go for a 4 hour safari and not see a single other vehicle during that time. A ride in a mocorro is essential and a brilliant way to see the small details in the water such as frogs and (at a safe distance) hippos.

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