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.

Okavango Delta
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).
Okavango Delta, Botswana
African fishing eagle
African fishing eagle picture, seen during a trip by mekoro.
Marabou Marabou, Botswana

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 Pelican, Botswana
Pelicans Pelicans, Botswana
Pelican nest Pelican nest, 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.
Palm fruits
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.
Sausage tree
The sausage tree, producing sausage-shaped fruits, weighting up to 5 kilos. Again, they are eated by elephants and baboons.
Sausage tree
Lilac Breasted Roller Lilac Breasted Roller
The Okavango Delta offers opportunities for fantastic birding trips. On these pictures, a very colorful Lilac Breasted Roller, a Botswana's national symbol.
Baobab baobab

A magnificent baobab.

Building a trap Building a trap
A guide shows how to built a trap in few minutes, using only parts of a baobab.
Fishing owl
A rare fishing owl, still in the juvanile plumage.
Okavango delta
Okavango delta picture in Botswana. Navigating the water channels by Mokoro, a traditional boat made from a single excavated trunk.
Strangler Fig
This tree (the yellow part) is parasited by a Strangler Fig (the greener part). The host tree will eventually die.
Safari on foot Game walk in Botswana
Walking safari

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.
Giraffe, Okavango delta
Antelopes, Botswana Antelopes, Okavango delta

A small group of antelopes.
Flightless bird, Okavango delta, Botswana
Sunset Moon
A sunset, and a red full moon, looking like as a fire behind the trees.
Elephant Elephant, Okavango delta
Elephant, Botswana

A small elephant coming very close to the Okavango delta campsite.
Male antelope
A male antelope.
Giraffe bones
Giraffe's bones.
Giraffe bones
Acacia tree
An acacia tree.
A tree damaged by elephants. Trees seriously damaged will eventually die.
Okavango delta, Botswana Okavango delta, Botswana
Okavango delta, Botswana Okavango delta, Botswana
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.
Antelopes Antelopes

Another group of antelopes seen during a game walk
( safari on foot ).
Giraffes, Okavango delta Giraffe
Giraffes, Botswana

Photos of more giraffes.
Mineral salts accumulated on the surface, by the cycle of water during dry and wet season.
Mekoro, Okavango delta Okavango delta, Botswana
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.
Hippo Hippos
Hippos, Botswana

A nice group of hippos seen during a mekoro excursion.
Hippos, Okavango delta
Hippos spraying water.
Hippos, Okavango delta
African sunset
African sunset
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.
Cessna 206 Caravan I Cessna 206 Caravan I
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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