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“Kayak safari the Okavango Delta with Kayaktive Adventures”
Review of Okavango Delta

Okavango Delta
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9 Day Safari Tour: Okavango Delta, Savuti and...
Ranked #1 of 21 things to do in Maun
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Reviewed June 21, 2015

A fantastic way to experience the Okavango! We did a four day/three night safari recently. We were picked up at the Old Bridge Backpackers in Maun (home to Kayaktive Adventures) from where we drove a short distance to the put-in at the river. From there, we were taken about 75 kms upriver in the motor boat with all our camping gear. We were driven by a local community guide (Morotse), a real gentleman who knew all the many birds and animals that we spotted along the way (and yes, we did see lots of hippos). After arriving at camp, which our kayak guide, Jardus, had set up, we took a walk on land for some more animal spotting. After this, we returned to camp, where Jardus had prepared a wholesome dinner on the camp fire, complete with wine. That night we slept to the sounds of hippos rumbling nearby, and frogs "tonking", having been assured that any lions, leopards in the area would not bother us (however, if you needed to pee in the night, not to venture too far from your tent!). The next morning, after a quick coffee/tea and biscuits, we did another nature walk with Morotse, before returning to a full cooked breakfast at camp. Then we kayaked about 25 Kms downstream (not too difficult with the river flow), with a short am break, and lunch along the way. Once at camp, we repeated the routine of the previous night.

Tip - while kayaking, stay as close to the guide as possible so that you know when he's on high alert for crocs and hippos - twice we had to paddle like crazy to avoid crocs and twice we had to call the motorboat which was slowly following behind the kayaks for exactly this reason, to cover us by placing itself between us and hippos! So not for the faint of heart! (we also had a close encounter on one of our morning walks with a Cape buffalo!), and in fact, many people do get quite spooked and choose to ride the motorboat rather than kayak (also an option if anyone gets tired - we kayaked about 25 kms a day for three days (in single kayaks) to get back to the Old Backpackers in Maun.

So a great way, and relatively inexpensive way, to see the delta but definitely not for those without a spirit of adventure!

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Reviewed June 12, 2015 via mobile

We had our anniversary there..it was beautiful and the staff where great
BUT we where never told which alcahol was served free sonwe ended up having a very high bill to settle at the end
Tip#they serve free alcahol wine and something else..Please make sure you know exactly what is free amd what is not.
The food is great and the sight is marvellous. ..and they have a little surprise for you at the end of a long day...i shall keep it a secret..

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Reviewed June 10, 2015

My wife and I have been on several safaris in 6 different countries in Africa.The Delta's success as a safari destination is in large part caused by the intentional focus of Botswana on safari tourism. The country does not allow hunting, and uses soldiers to try to halt poaching from residents of neighboring countries.

The single best facility we have visited is Selinda Camp. The treatment you receive there is as close to the royal treatment as almost all of us will ever experience. The guides are exceedingly well-trained and interested in providing you a learning experience about the setting and the animals. In 3 days we saw the full panorama of African animals on many occasions. Especially exciting were the packs of wild dogs that are in the area.

We visited in January; I can only imagine how bountiful the animals are in the dry season in the summer months.

1  Thank CTProf
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Reviewed June 8, 2015

If you love the real bush, it is an amazing place, brilliant camps, out of the beaten tracks. Very pleasant staff. The camps offer very different activities. It is surprising what enterprising people can offer in the middle of nowhere. Great bird life,most beautiful channels to meander through. Inspiring!

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Reviewed June 4, 2015

The Okavango Delta is an awesome experience. A lot of wildlife surrounds the delta, and we even spotted the very elusive Water kudu (Sitatunga). The scenery is beautiful, and a visit to the Delta must be done if in the vicinity.

Thank Joseph v
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