​User Reviews – Okavango Delta

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Simon G Visited: May 2010 Reviewed: Sep 27, 2011

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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.

Scott and Mark   –  
United States US
Visited: August 2011 Reviewed: Sep 27, 2011

Email Scott and Mark  |  50-65 years of age

The natural beauty and diversity of the Okavango Delta can't be beat anywhere in Africa.
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We traveled August 13-28 and included Cape Town, Victoria Falls/Livingston, Chobe National Park, Moremi Reserve and the Okavango Delta. We booked through a gay African Holiday Specialist - Savvy Navigator and Southern Destinations - because as gay travelers to Africa, it was important to us to stay at gay-friendly properties. We stayed at Chobe Under Canvas, Baines Camp, and Eagle Island. The sheer volume and diversity of wildlife in Chobe can spoil the rest of a holiday. Wildlife is so abundant that I'd recommend going to Chobe at the end of a safari trip, rather than the beginning. You will be blown away. We went to Chobe first, and then had such high expectations at Baines and Eagle Island, that we felt let down. If you do the other direction, and go to Chobe last, you will experience the wildlife of the Okavango and Moremi and appreciate those environments and then get hit with a climax at Chobe. That said, and as this is supposed to be a review of Okavango and not other parts of Botswana, Okavango did NOT disappoint. It is remarkably beautiful. I grew up in South Florida and there were parts of Okavango that reminded me of the Florida Everglades (except that the Everglades doesn't have elephants, giraffe, leopards, antelope, jackal, honey badger, etc.). We were in Okavango in August so it was Winter, and the dry season. There were NO mosquitoes and the days got into the 80s F. No rain, in fact, no clouds the entire trip, (even in Cape Town, which is supposed to be rainy in August). Eagle Island is a luxury camp with wonderful accommodations and good, not great, food. All of the other camps allowed for communal dining, a feature I enjoyed because you can interract with people from all parts of the world, or you can eat alone. Eagle Island doesn't encourage the communal dining and is more like a "hotel" in that respect. Eagle Island gets high marks for its guides (our guide, Chris, has been transferred to another Orient Express property), and activities, which include, motor boating and makoro, fishing, walking safaris, village tour (recommended), and relaxing. The focus, though is on water activities. Eagle Island also provides a helicopter ride for guests included in the price. What a treat to be able to see the animals from the air, and to see the Okavango islands and waterways from a vantage point you could not get otherwise. Bird viewing is quite special in Okavango. Birding - excellent in Okavango, various varieties of storks, egrets, bee eaters, kingfishers, vultures, herons, bustards, and the beautiful starlings, rollers, etc. I would have liked to have seen more eagle species, e.g. Martial, Crowned, etc., but missed them and only saw the Fish Eagle.

Marco   –  
Italy IT
Visited: August 2011 Reviewed: Aug 21, 2011

Email Marco  |  20-35 years of age

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Outstanding area, especially if you decide to take the unique experience of a mokoro tour. But if you want to see the thousands of animals living in this area you'd better take a scenic flight (flight can be easily booked in Maun)

Patricia   –  
United States US
Visited: March 2011 Reviewed: Aug 17, 2011

50-65 years of age

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The diversity of animal life and the great accomodations make this perfect.

Linda Hoernke   –  
United States US
Visited: April 2007 Reviewed: Jul 29, 2011

Email Linda Hoernke  |  50-65 years of age

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The Delta is lush and green, linking lagoons, islands and inlets, grasslands and flooded plains in a puzzle of interchaging scenery. Trees give shade to animals surrounding pools of water. Such an amazing place to be enjoyed from the land and the air.

John   –  
Germany DE
Visited: June 2011 Reviewed: Jul 15, 2011

20-35 years of age

place of plenty
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The game viewing was phenomenal, all big cats, buffalo, elephants, Aardvark, nothing we didn't see. Wilderness Safaris Lodges we great, food outstanding. We stayed at Vumbura North and would recommend it to anyone. Xigera and Savuti were also fantastic. The staff was great in all three camps.

Bruceontour   –  
New Zealand NZ
Visited: July 2009 Reviewed: Jul 6, 2011

50-65 years of age

The review below is the personal opinion of Bruceontour and not that of SafariBookings.
Overall rating

A place where one has to go as we were on a very small part of this huge expanse of inland water. With the previous heavy rain, the whole water level was high resulting in animals being displaced.

Average User Rating

  • 4.8/5
  • Wildlife
  • Scenery
  • Bush Vibe
  • Birding

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