After a few hot and dry days in the Kalahari Desert NP, we arrived in the Okavango wetland. The temperature was still high, but the fresh green and bodies of water made it a more pleasant experience. Being the largest inland delta of the world, Okavango provides you with the best game watching, and wildlife photography, in the whole of Africa. We stayed a couple of nights at Seba Camp in the western, wet part of the national park, and a couple in the brand new Banoka Bush Camp in the drier part to the east.
The combination of these two camps gave us a great variety of wildlife experiences. It usually is very rewarding, working with wildlife in water. Therefore we spent a lot of time near the flooded plains with Elephants, Hippos, different antelopes and reptiles – not to mention thousands of birds.
We seemed to spend a lot of time on our stomach, getting the good angle and getting close to wildlife. This technique gave us some nice encounters with birds, Hippos and even Spotted Hyena. The guide was always on guard, and we felt safe throughout our stay. The only time the guide was a little stressed was when a 2,5 metre Black Mamba crossed in front of the vehicle.
If you would like to come with me on a similar trip next year, please send me an e-mail – I would like to know as I am planning a workshop October/November 2011 in Botswana.