Day tours to Okavango Delta including walking safaris
10 and 11 August 2006
The Okavango delta is a true natural wonder and one of the most beautiful places that I've seen in Africa. A river that never reaches a sea, actually "dies" on the sands of Kalahari desert creating a huge labyrinth of water channels and islands where there is an unique ecosystem. During our walking safari and mekoro excursions, we spotted giraffes, elephants, warthogs, antelopes, pelicans and marabous, without the noise from cars, making the trips very relaxing and with a more intimate contact with nature.
The group is about to spend three nights camping in the Okavango Delta and doing day trips on foot (walking safari) and by mokoro (a kind of canoe).
African fishing eagle picture, seen during a trip by mekoro.
Marabou pictures. The marabou is a scavanger, with more than 2 meters of wingspan. They are present in large number on the tress in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.
Pelican pictures. Pelicans and their nests hosting small chicks in the Okavango Delta.
Our first sunset on the Okavango delta, and an almost full moon raising from the opposite side.
During our walking safari in the Okavango Delta, we have the opportunity to spot also typical trees. This palm has fruits smaller than a peach, which are the preferred food for elephants and baboons.
The sausage tree, producing sausage-shaped fruits, weighting up to 5 kilos. Again, they are eated by elephants and baboons.
The Okavango Delta offers opportunities for fantastic birding trips. On these pictures, a very colorful Lilac Breasted Roller, a Botswana's national symbol.
A guide shows how to built a trap in few minutes, using only parts of a baobab.
A rare fishing owl, still in the juvanile plumage.
Okavango delta picture in Botswana. Navigating the water channels by Mokoro, a traditional boat made from a single excavated trunk.
This tree (the yellow part) is parasited by a Strangler Fig (the greener part). The host tree will eventually die.
A game walk on another island of the Okavango Delta, where we can observe giraffes and impalas. A walking safari onto Okavango Delta gives the opportunity to observe the wildlife by a more natural contact with the environment.
A small group of antelopes.
A sunset, and a red full moon, looking like as a fire behind the trees.
A small elephant coming very close to the Okavango delta campsite.
A male antelope.
An acacia tree.
A tree damaged by elephants. Trees seriously damaged will eventually die.
Okavango delta pictures. Pictures of the Okavango delta in Botswana, showing the channels of water and the islands during the dry season (austral winter, June-September), the best season for game safari and sightseeing.
Another group of antelopes seen during a game walk
( safari on foot ).
Mineral salts accumulated on the surface, by the cycle of water during dry and wet season.
A traditional mekoro ( canoe ) is the best way to explore the Okavango delta because, if compared to motorized jet boats, they are very silent and let to get closer to the wildlife, without disturbing the animals.
A nice group of hippos seen during a mekoro excursion.
Hippos spraying water.
Our last spectacular sunset on the Okavango delta. These african sunsets are probably the most colourful and amazing sunsets that I've seen all over the world.
Our tour of the Okavango delta is over. Going back to the airstrip, we continue to spot monkeys, impalas and giraffes.
Finally, this Cessna 206 Caravan I brings us back to Maun, where the Botswana tour continues with game drives towards the other national parks of this amazing country.
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