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“Fly above the Okanvango Delta”
Review of Okavango Delta

Okavango Delta
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

As usual, the inner debate was whether we should fly above or take a boat ride + hike through.
For the first option, you obviously get to cover a far more larger area, with more chances to see the animals and understand the 'overall amazing picture' of this place. However, your picture animals will look kind of 'strange' from a bird's view - if you're lucky enough to get the animals in and focused.
On the other hand - a boat ride + hike, in the 'wrong' season, may be very disappointing from the animal watching perspective, or as one traveller told us: "I thought we were the only ones there in the wilderness, and then suddenly we met more groups, which was a little disappointing". Another one said, that the 3 days in the delta, were her BEST experience so far. She LOVED it.
Since we already saw a 'bunch' of animals in previous days and places,we decided on the 45 minutes flight.
The views were amazing!! And - we got to understand African weather. In few places, some rain storms were right in front of us. The smart pilot simply avoided them and kept us in relatively good weather. We did see quite many animals, but obviously they look very small in the pictures. Overall, we were very happy we added that experience as well.

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Reviewed January 14, 2014

I almost always plan trips myself, but since we had less than 2 weeks to arrange a safari I went with other recommendations and called Travel Beyond. Rose made outstanding recommendations and set us up to see the variety of wildlife we were looking for (leopards at Tubu Tree and lions at Little Vumbura). It was a great combination! More importantly when Air Botswana abruptly cancelled one of our return flights while we were in the bush with no cell or internet access, Rose was able to re-book us on another flight. I would not travel on safari again without using these guys.

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Reviewed December 28, 2013

It is the largest inland delta in the world and is a mixture of narrow and wide streams, the water flows slowly from north to south, there are hundreds of islands.
The area was once part of the Makgadikgadimeer that dried up 10,000 years ago.
Today, the Okavango River flows not into the sea but ends up in the sands of the Kalahari and provides the desert of water. The delta is subject to seasonal flooding, islands may disappear completely under water and resurface at the end of the season. As the water evaporates it leaves enormous amounts of salt.
By poolers we transported in mokoros (dugout tree) to the bush campsite. Our camp site was located on an island. Only the most necessary we could take with us, because it had to be transported in mokoros.
A totally different landscape compared to the rest of Botswana.
We flying back to Maun. During the flight of one hour you have a very nice view of the landscape and the animals (about $190, cash).

Thank MMeeuwissen
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Reviewed December 21, 2013

What a beautiful setting! Traversing in a mokoro making through clusters of water lilies, with your arms lazily hanging out the mokoro, and hands dip in the cool and calming water as your whole soul could easily milt into this Eden. Suddenly, from the far beyond, you see two sets of ears and eyes peeking out of the water, two hippos breaching out and these massive bodies become the focus of your attention. As the mokoro slowly disappearing into the waterway labyrinth, and again slowly approaching to an island of nowhere, it is our camp site for the next two nights. We only exploit the outskirt of the Okavango Delta, got a taste of what it has to offer. To go deep into the delta requires another 5 to 8 hours 4X4 wheel drive and initial cost of $600-$700 for an overnight stay, which would provide you with a better sighting of the gaming and wildlife in the Delta. Nevertheless, we still experienced the wilderness and had a fabulous time. The delta itself does not have any amenities, all necessities need to be brought with you to the site.

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Reviewed December 21, 2013

I spent three days here. First was transported via motorboat for 1 hour to the launch site of the makorrow polers. We bush camped in the Delta. The walking safaris were wonderful. We scared a group of Cape Buffalos out of the bushes, which in turn scared us as we were too close for safety. We saw elephants (a very different experience when you are walking vs being in a game vehicle). We swam in the delta as it was very hot and the rains had not arrived yet. On the way back we had to divert to leave room for the numerous hippos in the water.The polers showed the utmost respect for these beasts. no one felt the need for macho behavior (or macha in case of the female polers). All the polers are from a tribe which lives in the Delta. With this enterprise they have been able to continue their lifestyle and share the beauty of the Delta with grateful visitors. A very wonderful trip

Thank totineke
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