An incredible exploration to one of the world's last pristine natural habitats. The Okavango Delta (or Okavango Swamp), in Botswana, is the world's largest inland delta. The area was once part of Lake Makgadikgadi, an ancient lake that dried up some 10,000 years ago. Today, the Okavango River has no outlet to the sea. Instead, it empties onto the sands of the Kalahari Desert, irrigating 15,000 km2 of the desert. The Okavango delta is both a permanent and seasonal home to a wide variety of wildlife which is now a popular tourist attraction. Species include African Bush Elephant, African Buffalo, Hippopotamus, Lechwe, Topi, Blue Wildebeest, Giraffe, Nile crocodile, Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Brown Hyena, Spotted Hyena, Greater Kudu, Sable Antelope, Black Rhinoceros, White Rhinoceros, Plains Zebra, Warthog, Chacma Baboon, and the endangered African Wild Dog. The delta also includes over 400 species of birds, including African Fish Eagle, Crested Crane, Lilac-breasted Roller, Hammerkop, Ostrich, and Sacred Ibis. The Okavango and Moremi reserve remain one of the best safari locations in Botswana with an estimated 200,000 large mammals in and around the delta are not year-round residents.
Due to capacity constraints in Botswana, there is a 20% non-refundable booking fee. This booking fee is paid to the lodges directly to secure reservations. This will be paid upon confirmation of your booking.
This flight departs from Maun and travels to Okavango, Botswana.
Your stay at Camp Moremi is inclusive of land and water activities.
Game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, both in the morning and late afternoons, offer frequent sightings of lion, leopard and cheetah as well as wild dog. Alternatively, guest can explore the Xaxanaka Lagoon and surrounding Okavango channels by motorboat.
Peeking out from under a lush green woodland canopy, Camp Moremi, in the Xakanaxa area of Moremi Game Reserve, is a truly hidden gem. At the point where the life-giving waters of the Okavango Delta meet the vast plains of the Kalahari Desert, Mother Nature has created a sanctuary of Mopane forests, open grasslands, seasonal floodplains and riverine habitats, resulting in one of the most magnificent and welcoming animal environments in all of Africa. Teeming with wildlife, guests enjoy a prime location in the Moremi Game Reserve. For an authentic and personal safari experience, Camp Moremi accommodates just 22 guests in East African-style individual safari tents, each situated on a raised teak platform with private adjacent facilities and viewing deck. Each tent includes private ensuite bathrooms and showers, and special features include "his and hers" towel robes. Feast on African regional dishes of grilled meats and fresh produce. Later, take a night game drive and prepare to be fascinated by the area's wildlife. Otherwise, spend time in the cocktail bar and enjoy the views.
Moremi is home to nearly 500 species of bird (from water birds to forest dwellers), and a vast array of other species of wildlife, including buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackal, impala, red lechwe and African Wild dog.
You'll usually be out from the crack of dawn until mid morning. Returning to the camp for lunch and a siesta before heading out for your afternoon activity.
You'll be up early again this morning to join up with others at the lodge for your game drive. If you're lucky you may get to see the elusive African Wild Dog. You're guide will introduce you to all aspects of this incredible area.
An afternoon activity awaits after lunch and a refreshing siesta.
You will be collected from your camp and transferred by boat water level dependant to Camp Okavango.
Your stay at Camp Okavango is inclusive of scheduled game-viewing which includes land and water activities.
Water-based game-viewing activities are conducted by experienced professional guides who will expertly navigate guests through the many meandering, reed-lined waterways. Roam the vast expanses of water from the comfort of a modern motorboat or explore the intricacies of the Okavango Delta the old fashioned way, in the traditional contours of the Mokoro (canoe).
For those looking to get a little closer to nature, guided bush walks are conducted on a number of the nearby islands, offering an opportunity to track some of the larger land-based species that inhabit this water wilderness. Bird-watching opportunities are outstanding from a secluded bird-viewing hide. Fishing for bream and tiger fish is also offered as an activity.
Enchanting Camp Okavango sits at the heart of the Okavango Delta on Nxaragha Island. Nxaragha Island lies in the heart of the permanent Okavango Delta, assuring a year-round water wilderness experience. Shaded hammocks, reading benches and a delightful sundeck and plunge pool provide relief during the hot midday hours, whilst an elevated observation platform affords stunning views of the tranquil floodplain's. In addition to boat and mokoro trips, bush walks on the islands are possible.
The Okavango Delta is home to some of the most spectacular and varied wildlife on Earth. Famed for its big cat and bird population, the delta is a peaceful haven where animals have been protected for decades and know they will not be disturbed. You'll have the opportunity to see animals up close when expert guides accompany you on your daily included activities. The area also boasts a diversity of landscape with desert, dry savannah, lagoon and swamps in close proximity – cheetah, crocodile and elephant can frequently be seen.
Sit back and relax during this short hopper flight that departs the airstrip in Okavango and arrives at the airstrip in Maun.
Depart from Maun airport - End of itinerary.
VISA/PASSPORTA passport with at least six months of validity remaining is required. U.S. and Canadian citizens are permitted to stay up to 90 days without a visa.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often. For additional information on entry requirements, travelers may contact the Embassy of the Republic of Botswana.
HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are relatively wide spread and good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/botswana.aspx
COUNTRY INFOCAPITAL: Gaborone.GOVERNMENT: Republic since 1966.LANGUAGES: English is the official language. Setswana is the national language, with minorities speaking Kalanga and Sekgalagadi.RELIGION: Christian 78%; Badimo 6%; other 2%; none 20%TIME: UTC/GMT + 2.ELECTRICITY: 230 Volts AC, 50Hz. 15- and 13-amp plug sockets are in use. Plugs used are British-style with two flat blades and one flat grounding blade, or South African/Indian-style with two circular metal pins above a large circular grounding pin.TELEPHONE: Country code +267. There are very few public phone boxes.MOBILE TELEPHONE: Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. Coverage is average.INTERNET: Available in large cities and resorts.CURRENCY: Pula (BWP). Denominations: P5, P10, P50 AND P100. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club are accepted payment but to a limited extent. Most hotels and lodges will accept major foreign currency or travellers cheques with US or Euros widely accepted.
CLIMATE: Dry, semi-arid land (rainfall is unpredictable and droughts occur often) with warm winters and hot summers. Humidity raises summer temperatures into the 40’s C (over 100’ F).
Summer Season is: September to April. Winter Season is: May to July.
During summer short thunderstorms are frequent, expect hot days and cool nights as the air cools off after short rain spells. During the winter, the days are dry and warm, with night time temperatures dropping with cool to cold nights and early mornings.
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