264. Okavango Delta, Republic of Botswana

September 21, 2017.kerwin.8 Likes.0 Comments

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Why

This area has a large amount of wildlife as well as natural flora and fauna. The wetlands are vast providing a place for the animals and birds to roam freely and drink. It’s an amazing place that seems to just go forever and a day.

Okavango Delta - Botswana - crocodile spotting

Okavango Delta – Botswana – crocodile spotting (aerial photo from the helicopter)

 

Okavango Delta, Botswana - flying low over the Delta

Okavango Delta, Botswana – flying low over the Delta

Where

The Okavango Delta is located in the upper left corner of Botswana. Starting close to the Namibian border and then fanning out into the rest of that area of the country.

How To Get Here

By Train

There is no rail service to this area.

By Plane

There are a few different ways to get here by commercial airplane. I flew into Windhoek, Namibia and started my safari there. You may also fly into the capital of Botswana, Gabarone and start your journey there too. Near the Guma Lagoon Camp where I stayed, there is a local airport there called, Guma Airport.

The Sir Seretse Khama International Airport is located in Gabarone, Botswana (GBE).

The following airlines serve the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE):

Air Botswana (BP), Ethiopian Airlines (ET), Air Namibia (SW) and South African Airways (SA).

The Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) is home to Air Namibia (SW).

The following airlines serve the Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH):

Air France (AF), British Airways (BA), Condor (DE), Delta Air Lines (DL), Ethiopian Airlines (ET), Eurowings (EW), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), Qatar Airways (QR), SW, South African Airways (SA) and TAAG ANGOLA AIRLINES (DT).

Windhoek, Namibia - Windhoek Airport (WDH)

Windhoek, Namibia – Windhoek Airport (WDH)




By Bus

There is no bus service.

By Car

If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions. Ensure that you follow the local rules and read up on the border crossing requirements. You will have to ensure you have all the documents for the car you are driving.

By Safari

This is the preferred method. I worked with Wild Dog Safaris for this trip and I can highly recommend them.

Where To Stay

I stayed at the Guma Lagoon Campsite which is located at the Guma Lagoon Lodge. As I traveled with Wild Dog Safaris, they took care of all the details. Guma Lodge provides some nice bungalows that overlook the Lagoon. There are also many other Lodges around the Delta.

 

Okavango Delta - Botswana - camping

Okavango Delta – Botswana – camping

Okavango Delta, Botswana - Guma Lagoon Lodge

Okavango Delta, Botswana – Guma Lagoon Lodge

==>> You can find a list of hotels from TripAdvisor here.

==>> Try Airbnb, yup there are some properties on there.

Where To Eat

You can eat at your Lodge or if you camped like I did with Wild Dog Safaris, you can prepare your own food. This area is quite remote and does not have many places to eat. Prices are pretty reasonable as well.

Okavango Delta. Botswana - Guma Lagoon Lodge Restaurant Area at sunrise

Okavango Delta. Botswana – Guma Lagoon Lodge Restaurant Area at sunrise

What To Do

Take a little time to marvel at the sunset and the sunrise. I promise you its not the same as where you live.

Okavango Delta - Botswana - sunset

Okavango Delta – Botswana – sunset

Take a trip in the mokoro, a dugout canoe used by the Okavango Delta inhabitants. Your canoe will be made of fiberglass, but you’ll get the same experience.

Okavango Delta - Botswana - Mokoro canoeing

Okavango Delta – Botswana – Mokoro canoeing

 

Okavango Delta, Botswana - Mokoro canoes

Okavango Delta, Botswana – Mokoro canoes

You may also go fishing by renting a boat from your Lodge.

Take a helicopter tour like I did. This is an amazing adventure. I booked through the Guma Lagoon Lodge. It takes you to areas you cannot access any other way or will take you a long time to reach.

Okavango Delta - Botswana - Robinson Helicopter

Okavango Delta – Botswana – Robinson Helicopter

 

Okavango Delta, Botswana - elephants

Okavango Delta, Botswana – elephants

 

Okavango Delta, Botswana - Monkey on the roof of the Lodge

Okavango Delta, Botswana – Monkey on the roof of the Lodge

Additional Information

Language: English, Tswana

Currency: Botswana Pula (BWP)

Botswana Tourism Organisation

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Okavango Delta, Botswana - Vegetation along the Delta

Okavango Delta, Botswana – Vegetation along the Delta

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