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Explore the Waters of the Okavango Delta
Posted on: Wednesday 11 May 2016
Officially one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, the Okavango Delta is the jewel of the Kalahari Desert, an oasis spreading out for miles within an otherwise arid land. Tour packages from Kenya can take you to Maun Airport or Gaborone Airport and then on to this magnificent and mysterious place, essentially a network of islands and shallow causeways where you can stay in a luxury resort such as Mombo or Kanana and experience a truly different kind of holiday.
Although this isn’t a landscape you can easily drive through you can get around on the waterways by canoe, with a skilled guide. The best time to visit is between March and August, when the water level is at its highest and the surrounding desert is at its driest, a phenomenon that causes wildlife to converge on the area. Migratory birds also settle there at this time of year and the sky is sometimes so thick with them that you cannot see the sun. Big cats and buffalo alike seek shelter beneath the scattered palm trees, and pools of bright white and yellow lilies shimmer on the wide, flat landscape.
The Okavango Delta is a place where it’s easy to forget about the wider world and lose oneself completely in nature. Its waters are bright and clear, filtered by papyrus and other reeds. Shoals of silvery fish flit by underneath the boats while dragonflies flutter overhead. For a truly relaxing experience, ride on one of the two-storey riverboats that cruise along the Panhandle near Shakawe; enjoy a drink up on deck and chat to your fellow passengers while you watch hippos rolling in the waters below. This is one of the finest luxury holidays to Botswana you’ll ever have the pleasure of experiencing – an opportunity not to be missed.