Venture out on a true mobile walking safari adventure with the experts, Walk Botswana. Stay in a series of comfortable leave-no-trace camps as you explore one of Africa’s great wilderness areas, the Okavango Delta.
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This is a rare opportunity to experience a mobile safari in the wilds of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. A series of camps are established in remote locations, and guests walk with light packs as the camp is relocated by vehicles. The camp facilities come in different formats - Adventure, Classic and Luxury - with the main difference being in the accommodation comforts.
Each walking safari itinerary is tailor-made according the guests' walking preferences, with anything from 1-2 hour on foot each morning for "Strollers", to full days in the bush for "Explorers". Walk Botswana expeditions are generally led in community wildlife concessions in the Okavango and Linyanti river systems. This sample 6-night itinerary is designed to spend maximum time on foot, with some vehicle and mokoro travel also included. Each Walk Botswana itinerary is designed for the group, and for example it is possible to swap the first Delta location in this itinerary for nights in the Central Kgalagadi Game Reserve.
Arrive in Maun, with a pick up directly from airport in a game drive vehicle. Transfer to your first safari location will take approximately 2 hours, made up of a short 10 minute tar road section followed by a single vehicle dirt track through a rural community area and then through the 'Buffalo Fence' and into the wildlife area. Enjoy your first sights of the Okavango Delta, the beautiful waterways and the adventure of some of the water crossings to get to your camp.
Your camp will be set up on a big lagoon fringed with water lilies and covered in ripples from the ever present hippos. Set under a canopy of riverine trees, your camp looks out on this beautiful view from the comfort of the shade.
You will arrive in time to get settled in your tents with a refreshing shower followed by a sundowner with snacks. This will be followed by dinner and a nightcap. An early night will be enjoyed by all in preparation for your first full day on safari.
We will have an early start this morning making the most of catching up on the evening's wildlife activity and giving us as much time as possible to track on foot any interesting animals that we come across. So after a quick breakfast in camp we will head out for the morning walk to return to camp for tea and coffee around mid-morning.
Lunch will be enjoyed in camp followed by the obligatory siesta time that accompanies any safari. Guests are always amazed at the photographic opportunities just in and around camp as wildlife stroll by, as well as the incredible scenery.
This afternoon, depending on the sightings this morning we will head out again on foot. We love to immerse our guests in the bush on foot, providing the foundation for more intense observation essential for a magnificent safari. Return to camp to enjoy a sundowner before dinner.
Preparation to move camp will be done this evening as we move to a completely new area in the morning.
After breakfast we head out on a short walk while the team dismantles the rest of camp. We return for some coffee and brunch snacks before loading up and moving on to our camps next location. We will be driving to the next location, which takes us back out the way we came in, transiting through Maun and back out into the bush after crossing the Thamalakane River.
This is all due to the flood and ability to access our sites directly.
Picnic lunch will be served on route OR we will stop in Maun to have some lunch. The drive from Maun back into the wildlife concession for Location 2 will take approximately 1.5 hours and then once through the fence a short afternoon game drive can be enjoyed.
Should time allow we will take a short stroll not far from camp to stretch our legs and let the team finish setting up camp.
Dinner is under the stars tonight! Delicious food accompanied by a star show is something never to be forgotten. The new site sees your private mobile camp nestled under a thick canopy of fever trees on the side of another magnificent lagoon.
This morning, after breakfast we head out a little later than our previous morning in our game drive vehicle. On the agenda for this morning is a mokoro or traditional canoe expedition through the waterways. Your guide accompanies you on this adventure to ensure your safety on the water. It is a wonderful place to get water level (literally) for those more elusive water birds and the more water dependent species we have here in the delta, such a sitatunga and lechwe - the most amphibious antelope found in Botswana.
Following your mokoro we will enjoy a coffee or tea stop to take in some of the scenery before returning to camp, enjoying a short game drive on the way. Late morning just before lunch, especially during winter, is when most of guests chose to enjoy their open air bucket showers. A lazy lunch by the lagoon can be enjoyed before perusing some of your photos taken that morning.
We will spend a lazy day in camp this morning recovering from the last two busy days before an early dinner and drinks for sundowners before heading out on a night drive. If a short stroll is required before dinner this too will be an option.
Today marks the fifth day in the wilderness of Botswana and after a quick and simple breakfast we head out for a full day of walking and exploration. Enjoy island hopping as we work our way through the wilds of NG32 block, tracking animals as we go.
A bush lunch will be served en route with some relaxing time in hammocks before we continue on foot through the bush.
We will return to camp for sundowners and dinner before an early night to bed after our glorious day in the bush.
This is our final day of walking expeditions, and we will certainly make the most of it! Return to camp for lunch and a siesta before striking off again for an afternoon hike.
Dinner will be served early so that those who would like to go out for a night drive are able to do so while others are left to peacefully recount the day's events around the fire in camp.
Tonight, preparations for moving day tomorrow will be done.
On your final morning, relax in camp while you prepare to depart and enjoy a late breakfast before starting your journey back to Maun to catch your international flight out of Botswana.
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