Okavango Delta Wilderness Trails, Botswana
About the Okavango Delta:
Often referred to as Africa’s last Eden, the Okavango Swamps are one of the most special wilderness experiences in the world.
Covering over 2 million hectares, the Okavango Delta has been recently recently added as a World Heritage Site. This delta in north-west Botswana comprises permanent marshlands and seasonally flooded plains. It is one of the very few major interior delta systems that do not flow into a sea or ocean, with a wetland system that is almost intact. One of the unique characteristics of the site is that the annual flooding from the River Okavango occurs during the dry season, with the result that the native plants and animals have synchronized their biological cycles with these seasonal rains and floods. It is an exceptional example of the interaction between climatic, hydrological and biological processes.
The Okavango Delta is home to some of the world’s most endangered species of large mammal, such as the cheetah, white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, African wild dog and lion. You simply will not get a wilder, more rich wilderness experience.
About the trail:
Trails are conducted in the vast freshwater wetland of the Okavango Delta. Fed by the floodwaters from Angola, it is a wilderness teeming with seasonal and permanent wildlife. The trail makes use of mokoro’s (indigenous dug out canoes) to ease the trailists along the waterways .Our trails go deep into the heart of the Okavango, giving trailists a unique insight into this river system and the animals that thrive in these conditions. The ultimate wilderness experience, unlike anything in the world.
The area is home to hippo, Nile crocodile, lion, giraffe and zebra. Leopard and wild dog feature high on visitors’ list of desirable sightings as are the fleeting lechwe which are endemic to the swamp areas of Africa.
Trails are accompanied by the distinctive cry of the fish eagle and night watch is often accompanied by the roar of lions. The breathtaking beauty and uniqueness of this wild area allows the trailists time to reflect on their busy lives and relationships and also encourages them to recognize the awe of nature while alive to the thrill of the wildness around them. Led by highly experienced and professional Wilderness Leadership School guides, assisted by a local guide, a wilderness trail in the Okavango Delta is a must on any bucket list.