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  • Lipps74
    Port Elizabeth, South Africa131 contributions
    Still the best game viewing in Southern Africa
    We have visited many reserves and national parks in Southern Africa and the Okavango Delta is still the top destination for us. There are no telephone and electricity poles, there are no tarred roads, no fences in sight and no need to do anything else but take in the magnificent scenery. The Delta caters to all pockets, from incredible luxury to self drive campers. There is no 'best time' to visit, however every season offers something different yet worthwhile experiencing. If you have never been before, then the winter months from May to July is where you should start as the 'flood waters' are in and the Delta becomes this amazing water wonderland. A flight over the Delta is worth every cent if you are not flying into a lodge. When planning a trip make sure you use an agent who has been there themselves so that they know what will suit you and your pocket best as there are hundreds of options to choose from. Lodges, overland safaris, and self drive each offer many levels of luxury and experiences, so choose an agent who knows the Delta. The birdlife is exquisite and we usually find ourselves concentrating on the birds and the animal sightings end up finding us while we are birding. Your guide will quickly find out what is on your 'must see' wishlist and will endeavour to make it a reality. There are no guarantees though, as the Delta is not a zoo or animal park. Try not to be too rigid with your list or you can end up stressed and miss out on many other things. We always find that just watching the sun rise and set is enough.
    Visited December 2019
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 January 2020
  • Natalie M
    London, United Kingdom79 contributions
    It’s an amazing place, but make sure that you are with the right guide
    We had a 3 days/2 nights camping in Okavango Delta. The area itself is just breath-taking. Beautiful landscapes, many birds and animals, I couldn’t put my camera down. We didn’t see any cats close, but we could hear them. That is probably a case when we were glad not to meet them, because we were walking and not driving! We also had to keep a good distance from hippos and buffalos. It’s a place that makes you feel that you are so little without machines and equipment. And there were no mosquitos at all! It was our first camping experience, so many things were very new for us. However, with the help of our local guide Philip we quickly adapted to the conditions. Philip was fantastic, he was explaining us everything, making the biggest accent on our safety, but also doing everything possible for our comfort and entertainment. His knowledge about local wild life is phenomenal. We have learnt the official and local names of different species, many interesting facts about their lives and habits. Philip was shaping our walks and boat trips according to our wishes and interests and nothing was too much trouble for him. Unfortunately, our guide and tour organiser Pastor Maswanganyi from Swangs safaris, who was providing the 10 day tour from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls, was totally different. Before the trip he was telling us how well he knows the area, but in the Delta we weren’t provided with any information from him at all. Quite the opposite, he treated the trip like a personal holiday and was communicating only with local guides in the local language, spending time with a female guide, disappearing with her for a long time. That was the only beginning of our sad experience with Pastor Maswanganyi, later he has just escaped with our money, but that is a different story in a different review… Now we understand how lucky we were with Philip! If not for him, we would feel totally abandoned and helpless, and wouldn’t be able to enjoy the Okavango Delta. So we have learnt a lesson – check the guide you are going to trust your money and life, and, when you think you have checked, do it again!
    Visited March 2020
    Written 26 March 2020
  • Maria
    12 contributions
    We explored Okavango Delta with Sekanka Safari
    We spend a good week on a safari starting from Maun, ending in Kasane / Victoria Falls and loved the Xakanax area in Okavango Delta most. We opted for a tailor-made tented safari through a company called "Sekanka Safari", which we can recommend to anybody looking for a small safari company to take their family on the safari of a life time. When looking at safaris we wanted to do it all: Okavango Delta, Chobe, Moreni, Savuti, Victoria Falls, under the assumption that the areas would be very different from each other. In reality they are not that different allthough we found the Xakanaxa area to be the most stunning of all. We were very lucky with the game sights we had there and perhaps that helps with our preference for that area. After those, the game ride in Chobe felt very average. I know that sounds very snobbish but after such an amazing start of our safari tour I guess we were spoiled ;-).
    Visited September 2022
    Written 29 September 2022
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Neil H
Alresford, UK67 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Our first ever Safari Trip. Stayed 3 nights at Kwara Camp. Excellent facilities and welcoming staff. The game drives were superb and we saw incredible wildlife in the most beautiful and unspoilt landscape. Highly recommended
Written 23 September 2023
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,638 contributions
Jun 2023 • Friends
The 1000th World Heritage Site, the area covers more than two million hectares of wetlands and seasonally flooded grasslands. The Moremi Game Reserve is part of the delta. It is an excellent place to take a mokoro ride, the edges of the boats but inches above the waterline, skillfully guided by boatmen. The game viewing is very good.
Written 9 July 2023
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Ookie09
Sydney, Australia22 contributions
Jun 2023 • Solo
The 9-day 8-night Okavango Expeditions camping Safari, Kasane to Maun, with 2 nights in 4 different campsites, starting in Chobe, was a marvellous experience. Tour guides/drivers Paul & Ossi had superb fauna/flora, knowledge, binocular-grade eyesight &, seemingly a 6th sense on where to find elusive animals. The food was amazing, especially considering the prep. conditions and the team setting up and taking down the en-suite (bush style!) tents, with beds, were streamlined and speedy - an all-round excellent experience. Sitting under the star-studded sky, with lions grunting not far off, plus other animal communications during the night, just added to the experience.
Written 7 July 2023
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jacksonlynn48
Cape Town, South Africa3 contributions
Jan 2023 • Family
We followed a pack of wild dogs on a kill and saw many other animals. We stayed at Duke's Camp which was amazing!
Written 2 February 2023
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DuncanTCH
East Greenbush, NY1,272 contributions
May 2022
We explored the Okavango delta with Sanctuary Stanley's camp during the dry season (late May) and I have to say that the Okavango delta is one of the most beautiful areas I've ever seen in Africa. The amount of animals and the variety of animals that we saw...well, we've never seen that many before. And when the rains come and the entire area floods, the same animals are still there, but their habits/behaviors change accordingly. So we're longing to go back during the rainy season to see the entire area again...but completely new to us again. Definitely go here!!
Written 20 December 2022
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PaloAltoDon
Palo Alto17 contributions
Oct 2022
Three superb days and nights at Kwara Camp in the Okavango Delta. Excellent amenities, wonderful staff, astonishing wildlife. Highly recommended. One of the best places in Africa.
Written 5 November 2022
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Herts_traveller4444
Sawbridgeworth, UK99 contributions
Sep 2022
Stayed here for 2 nights as part of an Intrepid trip. Have to say this surpassed my expectations. We were taken to the campsite in Mokoros by local villagers. Once there the campsite was set up for us.
We done bush walking where we were taught about the local wildlife. Right outside the camp site we had elephants and hippos. On the first night I was awoken by elephants passing through the camp!
We bathed in a natural pool right by our camp.
This was definitely the highlight of my 2-week trip.
Written 31 October 2022
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Maria
rotterdam12 contributions
Sep 2022
We spend a good week on a safari starting from Maun, ending in Kasane / Victoria Falls and loved the Xakanax area in Okavango Delta most. We opted for a tailor-made tented safari through a company called "Sekanka Safari", which we can recommend to anybody looking for a small safari company to take their family on the safari of a life time. When looking at safaris we wanted to do it all: Okavango Delta, Chobe, Moreni, Savuti, Victoria Falls, under the assumption that the areas would be very different from each other. In reality they are not that different allthough we found the Xakanaxa area to be the most stunning of all. We were very lucky with the game sights we had there and perhaps that helps with our preference for that area. After those, the game ride in Chobe felt very average. I know that sounds very snobbish but after such an amazing start of our safari tour I guess we were spoiled ;-).
Written 29 September 2022
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Szabin
London, UK423 contributions
Sep 2022 • Solo
Amazing experience to spend 2 nights in the delta. No facilities in this untouched area.
The campsite was enough for a group, able to swim in the river (with no chemical used), had bush walks, studied tracks etc.
Written 21 September 2022
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Michael W
Redding, CT1,108 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
The Delta has been on my wife’s bucket list for many years, so it was great that we finally managed to visit and, due to covid, with relatively few tourists. Apart from our game drives, we decided to take a scenic flight (with Major Blue Air out of Maun) which is great if you don’t mind a small plane and a few bumps here and there.

We saw all of wildlife we’d hoped for as well as getting a much better appreciation of the delta.
Written 12 September 2022
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