About Okavango River

Historical site

Okavango River is a significant river in that it flows to the Delta that creates flooding in March and June to feed the water-starved wildlife of these large parks in Botswana and Namibia.

Exploring the Okavango in the North, taking a traditional canoe Mokoro boat to a lower down in the panhandle of the Delta. Enjoying the peace of the river as birdlife is prolific: egrets, Saddle-billed Stork, cranes, and Scarlet-chested sunbirds and so many more.

Okavango Delta

Okavango is a big deal

Okavango Delta is one of the ultimate wilderness goals in the world which marks the entrance to the spectacle of Wild Botswana that dreams are made of with exciting game viewing, tranquility, deltas breathtaking scenes of nature at its best.

A journey to Okavango Delta is like no other it takes you deep into Africa’s interior exploring from wetlands to dry land. Moving through fringed papyrus waterways, thick woodlands, with lush vegetation and wildlife revealing the many faces to this ecosystem of the world largest inland delta.

The delta is found deep in the Kalahari Basin popularly called the Jewel of the Kalahari. The remarkable Okavango is situated deep in the desert shaped like a fan, fed by the River Okavango which has been steadily changed by the toons of sand carried by the river from Angola.

There are three major geographical areas

The Panhandle

The panhandle starts at the Okavango’s northern reaches, at Mohembo, extending down for approximately 80 kilometers. Okavango’s corridor-like shape is held within two parallel faults in the Earth’s deposit. The river runs wide and deep, and the swamps are perennially flooded. The primary vegetation is large papyrus beds and stands of phoenix palms. Mainly tourist come to see the Panhandle are fishing, birding and visiting the picturesque villages in the west.

The Delta

Seronga

The fan-shaped Delta appears spilling over the Delta giving life to the landscape creating beautiful lagoons, channels, ox-bow lakes, flooded grasslands and thousands of islands of different shapes and sizes. Moreover, the waters spilling over the Delta.  A variety of the small islands are built by fungu termites which are a source of food for very many game.

The region of the Delta and Okavango can vary in size from 15 000 square kilometers in the water season while during drier periods to a staggering 22 000 square kilometers. Its dominant plant species are sycamore fig, sausage trees, reeds, mokolwane palms, acacia, and African mangosteen.

The Dryland

The Major tourist attractions in the delta and the dryland area are game viewing, boating, and bird watching usually done in the traditional mokoro (traditional Canoe).   There are staggering numbers of animals and birds. Research shows that Okavanga has 71 species of fish, 122 species of mammals, 444 species of birds, 1300 species of flowering plants and 64 species of reptiles.  With a successful reintroduction of rhino initiative that has a population of white rhinos at 35 and 4 for the black rhinos.

Where to stay: Gunn’s Camp

Gunn’s Camp; Okavango Delta

Facing the legendary Chiefs Island and adjoining the Moremi Game Reserve, Gunn’s Camp is one of the last few remaining luxuries, traditional safari camps. Located under leafy palms and African Ebony to mix naturally with its unique landscape, Gunn’s Camp manages a delicate balance of comfort without separating guests from the natural sights and sounds of nature.

Arriving at Ntswi Island deep in the delta on a private airstrip you will be made by the hosts ushering you into Gunn’s camp.

Accommodation:

The accommodation provided at Gunn’s Camp is made off of 6 fully furnished, deluxe Meru tents consisting of en-suite bathrooms with private baths and outside stand showers. Designed on raised platforms viewing the delta plains Gunn’s Camp is the best location for honeymooners or any guests looking for a more intimate and exclusive safari experience. All six tents are discretely set within the densely treed island ensuring privacy and tranquility. Each has been traditionally furnished with an electric mixture of solid.

Quick view

Location: The Okavango Delta, the border of Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

Accommodation: 6 luxury en-suite Meru style Tents

Quick view
Location: The Okavango Delta, the border of Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

Accommodation: 6 luxury en-suite Meru style Tents

Activities: Game walks on Moremi Game Reserve (Chief’s Island), boat cruises, fishing, Mokoro activities, wilderness camping.

Facilities: Elevated bar, Lounge, swimming pool, dining room.
Activities at Gunn’s Camp, Okavango Delta

Mokoro Trips: Be among those who explore the historical river life by getting between the papyrus clad series on traditional ‘Mokoro’ dugouts. These are launched from the stern by experienced ‘poler’ conductors, enabling the visitors to sit back and assimilate the scenery. For complete day trips, Gunn’s camp serves delicious meals which are savored after stimulating bush walks.

Bush Walks: Discover the wastelands on foot following the direction and instruction of your own private guide.

Island Camping: The camp directors will prepare your mokoro with basic camping gear and meals so that you can set with your own private guide to find a place where you will set up camp. The nights are spent making supper at the campfire. This pleasant experience is subjected to availability and must be pre-booked in advance.

Motor-Boat Sunset Cruises: A great way to explore the crystal clear channels of the Boro River. Motor-boat cruises are organized in time to toast the modern African evenings while floating on a pool in the center of the Okavango Delta. Watch as the mutating colours are reflected in the smooth waters, disturbed only by dipping swallows or curios hippos. (Gunn’s Main Camp only, unless by prior arrangement and subject to delta water levels).

Where to stay

Splash Camp

Located inside the private Kwara Reserve, Splash Camp is at the center of the Okavango Delta. Being a new camp, it offers a very comfortable and friendly ambiance. The region is also referred to as The Splash. This is because of the huge water passages that were allocated to access the camp section.

The zone shares a 30km water border with the Moremi Game Reserve. Its single location owns both permanent water and seasonal floodplains as well as extensive dry bush wilderness. Supported by complications of perpetual water channels, this space offers a complete delta experience and is recognized to be amongst the greatest in Botswana for game viewing activities.

As a Camp

The 12 rooms are located on a story facing the pan which attracts game year-round. All of them are equipped with double sinks, a flush toilet, an outdoor and an indoor bathroom. Besides, each room has a special terrace with outdoor furniture chairs, the ideal place to rest and take in the beautiful views and soak up the atmosphere.

The rooms and the central area are directly and elegantly decorated with contemporary furniture which will complement the character of the camp.
The central space has a dive, bar, pool, parlor and also an adjustment station and a curio store.
The fire pit is towards the pot, where a small breakfast is served every day before starting activities after supper in the evenings, where stories are told.

• In the center of the Okavango Delta within the Private Kwara Reserve
• Ten equipped tents – all with inside/outside shower – and two guide tents of the same standard
• 5 activities – game drives, mokoro excursions, boat cruises, fishing, walking safaris.
• Game drives off-road and at night. Good chances of seeing predators
• Guide and tracker team
• All-inclusive rates
• Mokoro

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