User Reviews – Okavango Delta

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Overall rating
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.

Overall rating
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.

Overall rating
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.

Overall rating
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.

Overall rating
5/5

The Okavango Delta has it all.

Overall rating
5/5

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

Overall rating
5/5

Real wilderness feel

Overall rating
5/5

Exceptional

Overall rating
4/5

Ok now, Im rating this as a three ONLY because I am absolutely terrified of spiders now because of my trip there :D. The animals hadn't migrated the way they usually do during the dry season so our mokoro boats had to cut through the reeds. What they didnt tell was that there are thousands (probably millions) of orb weaver spiders that build their webs at eye level (when you are sitting in the boat) in the reeds so we spent 3 hours there and 3 hours back ducking, weaving, and basically freaking out trying to avoid them. I know they aren't poisonous but who wants a spider in their face! Despite that our polers were wonderful and they even fished out my notebook when I threw it into the water after getting a web stuck on it. It was definitely the most "bushy" part of our trip.

Overall rating
5/5

My preferred: due to the river, no big wildlife, but a real possibility to walk in the bush (fantastic way to get the feel of Africa) and go with the boats to see many hippo, crocodiles and fantasmagoric birds.

Average User Rating

  • 4.8/5
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  • Scenery
  • Bush Vibe
  • Birding

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