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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