Okavango Delta, Botswana

Let me continue my African Adventure posts with our next stop… the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

From Chobe National Park we drove 600 km along dead straight roads until we arrived in Maun.

straight roads leading to Okavango Delta Botswana

Once we arrived at our camp site, we set up our tents before it got dark.. and just in time before the rain began!

We dug out a moat around our tent so when it rained we had river views

In the morning we drove out to the delta where we got to spend the night in a bush camp.

As we drove through the stick hut villages we finally arrived at the waters edge and our mokoros were waiting for us.

mokoro ready to go in the Okavango Delta Botswana

Check out these quick clips from our stay in the Okavango Delta in Botswana

Our mokoro poler was called Mary. She has her mokoro poling skills on lock! We loaded up our mokoro and set off to our camp site.

It took about one and a half hours to get to the camp site, weaving through the reeds and watching the birds fly over head. It was a very relaxing journey.

Mokoros in the Okavango Delta Botswana
relaxing in mokoro in the Okavango Delta Botswana

Our bush camp was so nice, even our tents had an ensuite with a shower and dug out toilet.

Our camp site in Okavango Delta Botswana
camp ensuite in the Okavango Delta Botswana

Across the river we spotted an elephant with her baby chilling out. I sat there and watched them for an hour or so. It was amazing to see them in the wild!

Elephants in the Okavango Delta Botswana

I spent the afternoon knocking back a couple of beers, trying to pole the mokoro and swimming in the river. Then when it cooled down we went for a bush walk.

Bush walk through Okavango Delta in Botswana

It was still very hot as we headed out for our walk.

Bushwalk in the Okavango Delta Botswana

We came across this tree that they call the upside down tree. It is called this because the branches look like the roots that are supposed to be in the ground but are in the sky instead.

On our walk we saw a tortoise in the grass. We picked him up for a closer inspection. Now you can tell if the tortoise is a boy or girl by looking at their belly. If the belly is flat it is a female. But if there is a curve in the belly, like a bowl shape, then it is a male tortoise. I guess the curve is for easier access when it’s love making time.

The heat is still full on, even though it was 4 pm. None the less we kept walking away from the tortoise then we came across this guy.

Pushing shit up a hill. What a life hey?

He digs a hole then finds the shit he likes, pushes it back to the hole so he can bury it and feed off it for a while. The best part is that his missus just hangs onto the shit while he is pushing it. You could just imagine what she would be saying to him “push harder, it’s getting dark and we are still seven meters from the hole” haha

Once we looked up from laughing at the dung beetle we saw a herd of blue wildebeest.

Wildebeest in the Okavango Delta Botswana

We chilled out and watched them for awhile.

Then all of a sudden two impala chasing each other come running out of the bushes straight towards us. They got a fright and ran the other way.

A zebra walked through the bushes to see if the coast was clear. Then he headed out with the rest of the herd in tow.

Family of zebras in the Okavango Delta Botswana

They start to make their way to the herd of wildebeests to join forces for the night.

Zebras in the Okavango Delta Botswana

Now zebra and wildebeest always stick together as the sun goes down. Wildebeest have great smell and zebra has great eye sight so they stick together to survive the night.

The sun was starting to set as we walked back to our camp site

Our Lion King re-enactment

After dinner we sat around the camp fire and watched the fire flies along the river. What a great day on the Okavango Delta in Botswana!

In the morning we woke to an amazing sunrise!

Sunrise over the Okavango Delta Plains in Botswana
Sunrise over the Okavango Delta Plains in Botswana

Then we had breakfast and headed out for another bush walk.

Lots of zebra and wildebeest were out grazing.

Back at the camp site we packed our belongings and jumped into the mokoro to head back to our camp site in Maun.

Mokoros on the Okavango Delta in Botswana

On the drive back a herd of male elephants were just chilling on the side of the road.

What an amazing experience that was! I will always remember visiting the Okavango Delta in Botswana 😊

Was a shame to be leaving but the truck life continues!

For moreposts from this African Adventure, check out these links –

Table Mountain

A day trip to Robben Island

Highlanders Wine Farm

Gariep River Canoeing

Fish River Canyon

Canon Roadhouse, Namibia

Dune 45, Sossusvlei Namibia

Solitaire, Namibia

Quad bike riding in Swakopmund

Spitzkoppe mountains Namibia

Waterholes, West Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park Namibia

Etosha Night Safari

Ghanzi Bushmen

Flight over the Okavango Delta

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Chobe River Cruise

Chobe National Park – Botswana Africa.

Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe

Cape Town – South Africa