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Western Okavango Delta
The Western Okavango Delta is made up of several private concessions with the Moremi Game Reserve forming the eastern boundary of the concession.
The papyrus and reed beds hide narrow waterways that provide the perfect environment for many water species, including the sitatunga which is found in denser herds here than anywhere else in Botswana. As one progresses west the land becomes drier until reaching Hunda Island, which is the driest part of the Delta during peak flooding. The sandveld vegetation is rich with grewia shrubs and acacia which provide excellent fodder for grazers.
Birds are perhaps the highlight and include the rarer species also found in the north: Pel’s fishing owl, Wattled Crane; Slaty Egrets, Rosy-throated Longclaws and African Skimmer. More common species are the Coppery-tailed Coucal and Pygmy Goose.
Bigger species very commonly seen are hippo and crocodile. In the dry season, lechwe, tsessebe, elephant, wildebeest and zebra occur here, and lion, cheetah and leopard are often sighted on the floodplains. The lion prides in this area have been extensively studied in recent years, building up a more intimate knowledge of their behaviour.
Here’s a chance to experience the best of Africa’s wilderness - on foot! Tame nature trails put one in direct touch with much broader environment of small creatures, birds, plants and bugs. In wilder areas which are home to big game the addition of a Professional Guide, scout or armed ranger on our walking safaris adds a dimension of excitement that few experience and none usually forget!
Mekoros (plural) are the traditional canoes used in Botswana’s waterways. They’re propelled by poling or punting through the shallows. Whilst red lechwe, painted reed frogs, golden orb spiders and kingfishers are often seen these trails offer a good chance for finding rare creatures like the sitatunga or Pel’s fishing owl. They’re often used to silently access islands for walking trails
Most game watching is done from dawn to dusk when nocturnal species remain elusive and well hidden. Not so after dusk! Some private reserves and National Parks allow night drives - in all cases by using non disruptive red filters. Where permitted, you’ll encounter nightjars, lions, leopards, genets, civets, honey badgers, bush babies; perhaps rare creatures - aardvark, pangolin, fishing owls