Getting lost in the Okovango Delta

It is about time, that we show you some impressions of our last days, that we spend right in the Okovango Delta. This magical place definitely deserves to be on your bucket list and if that is not the case yet, allow me to tell you a little bit about it.1The Okovango Delta, which is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Africa and a World Heritage Site, is the worlds biggest inland delta, situated right in the Kalahari Desert. The unique wetland is created by the rains that, every year as a cause of the rainy season, fill the Okovango River. That occurs between january and february and leads to a filling of the Delta from around March.

That is the time of the year, when the Okovango Delta comes to live: enlivened by the water the flora suddenly starts blossoming in a bright green and all sorts of wildlife, seasonally migrates into the Delta, to escape the dry season. For safari goers and nature lovers a wildlife haven is created.333We have been staying at the Elephant Bush Camp, which is located very secluded and unspoilt right in the Okovango Delta. With most of the customs of civilisation missing here (including phone reception) the camp is the perfect spot to leave everything behind for awhile and soak in the phenomenal beauty and serenity of nature.111Solely the journey to the camp, has been an adventure by itself. In 4×4 trucks we made our way through the bush to a river branch leading into the Delta. From there the Polers picked us up in their dugout canoes, called Mokoros. Poler, is how you call the person controlling the Mokoro and it takes a lot of practice to be able to safely perform this job. They stand on the back end of the Mokoro, and push a pole against the ground in order to move forward. A huge task for their balance as the boats are very instable and sway. But they were really confident with their task and the ride through the labyrinthine channels an absolutely enjoyable, with lots of things to see in the water and on the banks, such as giant lily pads and beautiful insects, birds and amphibians.222Arrived at the camp we enjoyed the rest of the day stand up paddle boarding on the river, before we were spoiled with the most amazing african 3 course dinner (I literally have no idea how they managed to cook a meal like this in a location so remote and primitive). And as if that was not highlight enough, dinner was served under the open sky, right next to the water, with the background noises of african wildlife and dessert was crowned by this unbelievable sunset. What an unforgettable experience.10After a night, sitting around the campfire, gazing at the overwhelming starlit sky and listening to african rhythms, we got up early the next morning to go on a bush walk. We got thought a lot about the Delta and how to read animal tracks and we got up very close to grazing elephants and some bathing rhinos. Most impressing though, was the skill of our guide to navigate around in this large area, completely sovereign, just using the features of fauna as his sign posts. Unbelievable to see how intimate people can be with nature.11

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