OKAVANGO DELTA and Fleet Foot Safaris
With Fleet Foot Safaris, Hennie Becker we went to the Okavango Delta and other parts of Botswana. During the trip we did camping and also stayed in hotels resp. lodges. Everything was organized very well and we were very pleased.
We started from Maun. At first we took a flight over part of the Delta which was fantastic. We saw big herds of elephants and buffalos and a wonderful landscape even though we went during a time of the year where the water level was rather low.
From Maun we then had an about 3 hours boats ride through the Delta to a private island (Hennie got a special concession) where Hennie and his crew were expecting us. The tents, the shower and everything else necessary and naturally the kitchen were set up and Hennie surprised us with a delicious meal. Everything was organized and done perfectly. We felt at home immediately. The rest of the evening(s) we spent around the fire which burnt day and night.
On our little island we were the only people, no further tourism, no cars – the only means of transportation is the boat, no noise – we felt great. The only visitors we got were some elephants. It was fantastic to be so close to these wonderful animals. They were not aggressive but we watched them and absolutely no dangerous situation came up. We made sure that they did not go through our camp.
But naturally we did not only sit on the island. We explored the Delta with a Mokoro – beautiful to slide through the water quietly, enjoying the nature, listen to the birds and some explanations from the man moving the Mokoro. On another day we went to Chief’s Island and took a three hours walk. We saw mainly impala and other gazelles – guess other animals were hiding because it was a very hot day (close to 40°C).
Late afternoon we went by boat to the next village (about 30 min.). We saw how the people live and admired their craftwork. Naturally we bought a few things which we liked but also to support those people. On the way back we saw to big elephants taking a bath in the Delta. What a wonderful picture.
Hennie and his crew showed us the Okawango Delta in its full beauty. They did a great job. The camping was so fantastic, the meals outrageous - we did not want to leave but other beautiful places in Botswana were waiting for us.
Moremi Game Reserve – camping at the edge of the delta
On our game drives we saw giraffes, different gazelles, many beautiful birds and we went over exiting bridges (Third and Fourth bridge). In the early evening a hippo came close to our camp on its way from the water to the grassing area.
Our nest stop was Savuti. Already on the trip we saw many animals e.g. elephants, zebras, giraffes. We drove many miles on sand roads but our cars and drivers did a great job. What an experience! The next surprise was to see the Savuti river which carried lots of water for the first time in 59 years at that time of the year. The game drives were fantastic but the very special was a leopard who came from the woods into the open, lied down on a log and posted for pictures. After a while he got up and walked slowly along the Savuti river. What an experience to see this.
From Savuti we went to Chobe National Park (Kasane) and further exiting game drives followed. We saw lions, lots of elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, warthogs, all kind of gazelles, hippos and a leopard sleeping in a tree with his food - an Impala – quite exiting! Naturally we also went on a boat ride on the Chobe river. What a beautiful nature.
On this trip one highlight followed the other, it was a once in a lifetime experience.
We thank Hennie and his crew for perfect holidays. We certainly will meet again on another safari.
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