Botswana Adventure Safari – Okavango Delta & Kalahari Desert

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Dates: Feb-Dec - see all dates

Total Days: 11

Activity Level: 1

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Price:

2014

REI Member: $7,499

Non-member: $7,999

2015

REI Member: $8,499

Non-member: $9,350

Additional Fees

2014 Single supplement: $1,199

2015 Single supplement: $999

Limited availability

Special payment and cancellation policy applies; see Trip Details for more information.

Trip Dates:

2014

  • Nov 15–25
  • Dec 6–16

2015

  • Feb 11–21
  • Mar 16–26
  • Nov 12–22
  • Dec 23 – Jan 2

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Group Size: 2-8

Activity Level: 1

Activities:

  • Wildlife Viewing, Wildlife Safari, Walking, Camping

Accommodations:

Safari camps, 7 nights; deluxe tent camping, 3 nights

Trip Highlights

  • Search for wildlife in Botswana's Kalahari Desert and Okavango Delta
  • Encounter lion, leopard, hyena, hippo, elephant, baboon, antelope, and more
  • Explore by canoe, motorboat, game drives, and on foot
  • Spend your nights at deluxe safari camps and comfortable tented camps
  • See landscapes from the Kalahari's vast savannahs to the aquatic Okavango

For those seeking to discover the full range of flora and fauna of Botswana, the Kalahari Desert and Okavango Delta offer extraordinary adventure that is second to none. From the vast savannahs and grasslands of the Central Kalahari to the wildlife-rich floodplains of the Okavango Delta, this is a journey of extreme contrasts and wonderful surprises.

Starting in Maun, Botswana, we board our light aircraft to the remote Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Here, we explore beautiful Deception Valley and camp under a canopy of brilliant stars. In addition to the Kalahari's famous black-maned lions, we search for cheetah, brown hyena, oryx, honey badger, and numerous bird species.

Leaving the Kalahari, we arrive at our deluxe island camp amid the Okavango Delta, a verdant oasis bursting with life. Through relaxing mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) excursions, motorboat trips, exciting game drives, and short walks, we explore the pristine backwaters of the Okavango Delta. Our epic African adventure concludes in Livingstone with a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi and a visit to majestic Victoria Falls.

Looking for more safari options in Botswana’s magical Okavango Delta? Check out our Botswana Classic Safari or our Botswana Adventure Safari. Or, extend your wilderness safari with our 5-day Cape Town extension.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Fly to our first camp in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
  • Day 2 - Learn about Southern Africa's Bushmen and drive to Deception Valley.
  • Days 3-4 - Explore Deception Valley in search of wildlife like lion and cheetah.
  • Days 5-6 - Enjoy mokoro rides, game drives, and birding in the Okavango Delta.
  • Days 7-9 - Search for leopard, wild dog, and more at Linyanti Wildlife Reserve.
  • Day 10 - Spot elephant, giraffe, crocodile, and hippo on a Chobe River Cruise.
  • Day 11 - See spectacular Victoria Falls before saying goodbye to new friends.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - Fly to our first camp in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

    Your trip begins today in Maun, Botswana. We'll rendezvous at the Maun airport at midday for the one hour flight to the Central Kalahari airstrip and our first safari camp, the remote Kalahari Plains Camp. Beautifully situated in the northern plains of the 12 million acre Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR), this 100% solar-powered camp is comprised of individual canvas-walled room units with proper beds, en-suite bathrooms, and private rooftop decks with mattresses to allow those interested to sleep out under the brilliant Kalahari stars. After checking in, we'll have some time to freshen up before gathering in the lounge for afternoon tea and setting out on our first game drive, stopping for a sundowner to toast our first African sunset. Our guide will host a welcome gathering and orientation briefing at the Kalahari Plains Camp tonight after which dinner will be served. Dinner included.

  • Day 2 - Learn about Southern Africa's Bushmen and drive to Deception Valley.

    This morning, we have an opportunity to learn more about Southern Africa's indigenous people, the Bushmen, who have made the Kalahari their home for tens of thousands of years. Members of the Bushmen community will lead us on a walk near camp and provide insight into their traditional lifestyle and the hunting and gathering techniques that allowed them to survive in this arid desert environment. We'll return to camp for an early lunch and load our open Land Rover for the scenic 3-hour drive through the Kalahari grasslands to Deception Valley. The drive through this unique landscape is our first foray into the African bush and our guide will help us spot the multitude of creatures – small and large, earthbound and flying – that have adapted to this desert ecosystem. Our comfortable wilderness camp in Deception Valley is already set up in preparation for our arrival. Our roomy 9'x9' stand-up tents include separate twin mattresses on cots with full cotton bedding and attached open-roofed bathrooms with hot bucket showers and eco-toilets. The evening will be spent around the open campfire exchanging stories with our guide, enjoying a delicious dinner prepared by the camp chef, and listening to the night sounds of wild Africa – truly a feast for the senses. All meals included.

  • Days 3-4 - Explore Deception Valley in search of wildlife like lion and cheetah.

    Our focus for the next two days will be on epic full-day game drives as our trips are timed to coincide with the Kalahari summer, the peak season for wildlife in the desert when water from intermittent rainfall supports a large variety of animal and bird species. The various pans – shallow depressions filled with minerals – attract many animals drawn to their salt content and we'll concentrate on areas such as Pipers Pan and Deception Pan during our drives. The full-day explorations also allow us to range further from camp and truly immerse ourselves in this awe-inspiring wilderness.

    We'll awaken early each morning to a hot cup of coffee or tea and a light breakfast before jumping in our vehicle and heading out into the bush. Our guide uses tracking skills honed from years of experience to help us find as many of the desert-dwelling species as possible. Our Kalahari species checklist includes big predators and smaller carnivores such as lion, cheetah, hyena, caracal, bat-eared fox, honey badger, slender mongoose and the elusive aardwolf; grazing herds of springbok, gemsbok, red hartebeest, wildebeest and eland; and other ruminants including giraffe, kudu and steenbok. The birdlife here is also fantastic and includes ostrich, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Violet-eared Waxbill, Burchell's Sandgrouse, White-faced Scops Owl, Secretarybird and the endangered Kori Bustard and Lappet-faced Vulture. Tasty picnic lunches are packed each day and we'll find some cooling shade to relax under during our midday meal. We return to camp before sunset for a hot shower followed by a refreshing sundowner and hearty dinner. Those interested in astronomy will be treated to one of the most expansive displays of stars on earth and our guide will help us identify various planets, constellations and other celestial objects before we zip into our cozy tents for the night. All meals included.

  • Days 5-6 - Enjoy mokoro rides, game drives, and birding in the Okavango Delta.

    We bid farewell to Deception Valley this morning and depart camp for the return drive to the Kalahari Plains airstrip (approx. 2½ hours). Our waiting light aircraft will lift us over the desert landscape providing a bird's-eye view of the CKGR and its flat grasslands, undulating dunes, salt pans and ancient river valleys. From above, it's nearly impossible to imagine how this arid habitat can support such an abundance and diversity of living creatures. After a brief stop in Maun to refuel, we'll take to the air again and head northwest towards the shimmering Okavango Delta. The change in landscape from a few hours earlier could not be more dramatic. While still located within the greater Kalahari Basin, the annual rainfall and floodwaters that seep into the Okavango from the north transform this region into a water-world dotted with palm-filled islands, tranquil papyrus-lined channels and expansive floodplains.

    Xigera (pronounced Keejera), our camp for the next two nights, is a luxury tented camp situated on a remote island in the Moremi Game Reserve, in the heart of the Delta. Nestled in a magnificent riverine forest, Xigera consists of a small number of deluxe tented rooms with en-suite bathrooms and private outdoor showers. Each room is raised off the ground on a wooden deck offering superb views of the seasonal floodplain. Wooden walkways wind through the forest connecting the rooms to the main dining and lounge area. A wooden footbridge connects Xigera Island to its unpopulated neighbor and is often used by lion and leopard moving between the islands allowing guests great viewing opportunities.

    As water surrounds Xigera all year long, the camp provides the perfect opportunity to participate in a variety of marine activities. Enjoy a true Delta experience while sitting back in a mokoro (dugout canoe) steered by a seasoned local guide and silently glide through the tranquil Okavango waterways, or watch the sunset and birds gliding home to roost from a motorboat on the Xigera Lagoon. When water levels permit (generally during the months our trips operate), morning or evening game drives allow us to observe wildlife and the unique Delta scenery from the comfort of an open Land Rover. This area has the highest density of the rare Sitatunga antelope found anywhere in the Okavango Delta and lion, leopard, hyena, giraffe, vervet monkey and buffalo also inhabit these islands and will commonly swim from island to island in search of food. Birding is excellent, with Pel's Fishing Owl, Slaty Egret, Wattled Crane, African Skimmers and a host of eagles, vultures, raptors and kingfishers to be found. Each night, we'll settle into our beds and drift off to the sounds of Bell Frogs calling; an Okavango lullaby. All meals included.

  • Days 7-9 - Search for leopard, wild dog, and more at Linyanti Wildlife Reserve.

    After breakfast on Day 7, we depart lovely Xigera leaving this serene waterscape behind but looking forward to the excitement that awaits at our next stop, the 300,000-acre Linyanti Wildlife Reserve on the western border of Chobe National Park. The diverse habitat of the Linyanti includes open floodplains, dry savannah, riverbank and scrubland creating a paradise for a high diversity of mammal and bird species. Access to the Linyanti is private and, with only a small number of camps located in the vicinity and with the ability to drive off-road, our wildlife encounters are intimate and often very close-up.

    Our vehicle will be parked and waiting at the airstrip upon our arrival and we'll be on our way immediately after our plane touches down. Our two-hour transfer to camp will double as a game drive as we watch and listen carefully for signs of approaching wildlife. Our camp, built under a stand of African ebony and knobthorn trees with an outdoor dining and lounge deck, is exclusively ours for the next three days and nights. We'll sleep in large Meru-style tents rooms with full bedding and private bathrooms, evoking the romantic feel of a classic African safari.

    Our daily activities in the Linyanti will include both day and night game drives as well as short walks led by our guides allowing us to learn more about animal tracking and view the landscape from a new and unique perspective. We get an early start each day to ensure we're out and about just after sunrise when wildlife activity is at its peak. We take our time, our guide using his tracking skills to help us spot as many different species as possible and taking "requests from the audience" if there is a desire to search for any species in particular. We return to camp for lunch and an early afternoon siesta before gathering again in mid-afternoon for another wilderness exploration. In addition to lion, leopard and spotted hyena, we'll be on the lookout for African wild dog, a strikingly-patterned canine that is highly endangered with only 3,000-5,500 dogs left on the continent. Witnessing these social animals hunt for prey as a pack is an experience never forgotten. While the population of predators is high, the Linyanti is also known for elephants as well as zebra, Cape buffalo, baboon, red lechwe, impala, warthog, hippo and giraffe and plays host to a large variety of bird species including the Bradfield's Hornbill, Racket-tailed Roller, Bennett's Woodpecker, Southern Carmine Bee-eater and Arnott's Chat. Raptors found here include a number of eagle species as well as Verreaux's Eagle-Owl, African Scops Owl and Dickenson's Kestrel. As an added bonus, opportunities to spot migratory birds are outstanding during the Botswana summer months as many migrants are passing through the region during this time of year. All meals included.

  • Day 10 - Spot elephant, giraffe, crocodile, and hippo on a Chobe River Cruise.

    Although our journey is drawing to an end, our final 24 hours promises a fantastic finish. We return to the Linyanti airstrip this morning for the one hour hop to Kasane in the northern region of Chobe National Park. From Kasane, we'll embark on a boat cruise along the Chobe River in search of the elephant, hippo, crocodile, buffalo, giraffe and antelope commonly seen bathing and grazing along the river. The deck of our small boat offers the perfect vantage point from which to observe and photograph all of the surrounding activity. After lunch on board, we return to shore and begin our drive towards the international border at Kazungula, crossing into Zambia and making our way directly to our lodging at Toka Leya Camp. Overlooking the mighty Zambezi River approximately six miles upstream from Victoria Falls, Toka Leya is perfectly situated for exploring both the river ecosystem as well as the nearby World Heritage Site containing the Falls themselves. We'll gather together this evening for a sundowner and final celebration dinner with our guide and newfound friends, recounting the many highlights of our incredible adventure. All meals included.

  • Day 11 - See spectacular Victoria Falls before saying goodbye to new friends.

    As a grand finale, our trip concludes with a walking tour of Victoria Falls, a thundering sheet of cascading water stretching over a mile wide and considered to be one of the natural wonders of the world. We'll view the Falls from the Zambian side and have time to appreciate its majesty before transferring to the Livingstone airport for flights back to Johannesburg or other destinations in southern Africa. Breakfast included.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.

Price Includes

All accomodations as specified on the itinerary; all light aircraft transfers as noted on itinerary; all meals beginning with dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on Day 11; professional guide accompaniment throughout; all daily actvities (game drives, mokoro/boat excursions, bush walks);guided tour of Victoria Falls; Chobe River boat cruise; transfer from Toka Leya to Livingstone airport at trip's end; all soft drinks, beer, fruit juice, mineral water and house wine.

Not Included

Round-trip international airfare to Maun/from Livingstone; international entry/departure taxes; travel insurance; excess baggage charges; alcoholic beverages other than those specified under "Included"; pre and post-trip tours; items of a personal nature; gratuities.

Payment and Cancellation Policy

Special payment and cancellation policies apply to this trip. The $400 per person deposit is non-refundable at time of sign up. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. At 60-31 days prior to departure, 50% of the land cost is non-refundable. At 30 days or less prior to departure all costs are non-refundable.

Air Travel

Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.

Weather

Our Kalahari Desert & Okavango Delta Safari departure dates coincide with the Botswana summer months. During these months, more rainfall can be expected but rain very typically falls in short afternoon thundershowers which produce spectacular skies and vivid rainbows before passing. This is one of the very best times of year to visit the Kalahari as the rainfall produces lush desert landscapes, attracting a plethora of plains game such as springbok and gemsbok which converge in the thousands and are in turn followed by large predators in high numbers. Although vegetation may be fuller, game viewing in the Okavango is generally good year-round with these months being particularly good for spotting migratory birds. Daytime temperatures during summer months generally fall between the high 70s and low 90s depending on specific location. Nighttime temperatures drop into the low-mid 60s. Participants should follow the specific recommendations on the trip Gear List to ensure they are prepared all weather possibilities.

Qualifications

This safari trip is rated Relaxed [1]. This is a safari itinerary with game-viewing being the primary focus. Most days will include multiple game drives and/or mokoro/boat excursions with some opportunities for short bush walks (generally no more than 1-2 hours in length). Safaris are not physically demanding but they are in remote locations and can include some travel over rough terrain. This trip is perfectly suited for active people in good health with a spirit of adventure and an interest in learning more about the natural world.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the single supplement fee. There is no single supplement fee for those willing to share accommodations, and we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

Botswana Adventure Safari – Okavango Delta & Kalahari Desert Gear List

The key to staying comfortable on safari is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation. This gear list is provided to help you in choosing your equipment and clothing for this trip. Try to bring only what is necessary.

Gear Checklist

Official Papers
  • Valid passport
  • Airline tickets
  • International health card with immunizations (recommended, not required)
Luggage
  • Large duffel bag (must be soft-sided with no wheels or rigid frames in order to fit into light aircraft cargo holds)
  • Daypack, large enough to hold camera, binoculars, water, sunscreen, etc.
  • Luggage tags and luggage locks
  • Passport pouch or money belt
City Clothing
  • Bring a few lightweight, easily washable casual items for travel and city/lodge wear
Outerwear
  • Waterproof, breathable jacket
  • Sweater/jacket – synthetic fleece or wool (for cool mornings & evenings)
Footwear
  • Walking shoes (closed-toed)
  • Sport sandals
Clothing
  • T-shirts, mix of synthetic and cotton
  • Synthetic, long-sleeve shirts
  • Synthetic, quick-drying shorts (mid-thigh or longer)
  • Lightweight, breathable, quick-drying pants (zip-off legs are recommended)
  • Socks
  • Underwear, quick-drying
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimsuit (for swimming pools at camps)
Clothing Accessories
  • Lightweight gloves (for early morning/evening game drives)
  • Lightweight wool hat (for early morning/evening game drives)
  • Sun hat with brim
  • Bandana(s)
Travel Accessories
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap (good quality, UV protected)
  • Insect repellent (DEET recommended)
  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer gel
  • Sun block and lip balm w/high SPF
  • Toiletry kit with bio-degradable soap/shampoo, hand lotion, toothpaste/brush
  • Headlamp or flashlight and extra batteries
Optional Field Gear
  • Camera, memory cards, spare batteries and lens cleaner
  • Electrical converter and adapter
  • Binoculars (highly recommended)
  • Southern Africa wildlife/birding books
  • Earplugs
  • Travel pillow
  • Alarm clock or watch
  • Spare contact lenses or prescription glasses
  • Motion sickness remedies
  • Zip-lock or specialized camera bags, to protect camera, binoculars from dust
  • Travel-size laundry detergent packets for hand-washing clothing

Things to Consider

  • Always pack essential items such as your passport, REI Adventures trip final bulletin, money, eyewear, medications, camera and a change of clothes in your carry-on baggage in case your luggage is delayed.
  • The checked luggage allowance on all light aircraft flights within Botswana is 44 pounds per person. Please pack accordingly. Overweight luggage may incur a substantial additional fee.
  • Casual attire is completely acceptable for our camps and Africa in general. Neutral, light-colored clothing is best for the safari, to blend into the landscape and not stand out to wildlife. Khaki is always a good color while on safari. Camouflage and bright colors are not recommended.
  • Laundry services are available in camps but it’s good to come prepared to occasionally hand wash your clothes (quick drying materials are best). Travel packets of detergent and a travel laundry line come in handy for this purpose.
  • Stuff sacks are great for sorting your gear. Plastic bags are also helpful to separate wet clothing from dry.
  • If you normally wear contacts, bring a pair of glasses in case of irritation from dust in your eyes.
  • Many of the roads in Africa are deeply rutted and dusty. It is a good idea to pack camera equipment and binoculars in plastic bags to protect them from the dust. This is in addition to their normal cases. Also bring lens cleaning materials.

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

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5.0

Not To Be Missed

By Dorothy Irene

from Houston

About Me Avid Adventurer

Pros

  • Accommodations
  • Activity Level
  • Exceeded Expectations
  • Guides
  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
  • Well Organized Itinerary

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      Comments about REI Adventures Botswana Adventure Safari – Okavango Delta & Kalahari Desert:

      The folks at REI really did their homework when designing this itinerary. Botswana is a vast and diverse country, and we were able to experience the Kalihari Desert, the Okavango Delta and the banks of the Linyanti River with our full attention on the adventure itself, never harboring any concern about the logistics involved. From the moment we met our guide, Thuto, at the airport in Maun, through every transfer by small plane or by boat, everything ran like clockwork. The planes appeared to be well maintained and the pilots were all professional and quite personable. The staff at each of the camps managed by Wilderness Safaris was top notch and the accommodations were first rate. I really want to reserve my highest praise, though, for Thuto our guide. Thuto can spot a flap necked chameleon wrapped around a tree branch from twenty meters away while driving in the dark of night. His incredible eyesight and impressive tracking skills ensured that we saw I think every animal listed in the trip description and then some – from Honey Badgers to Little Bee Eaters, Leopard, Cheetah and a riveting pack of African Wild Dogs on the hunt. Thuto is also a very gifted educator. He has a real depth of knowledge about the animals and the environment and the history and culture of Botswana, and he possesses the communication skills to enrich our understanding of life in this part of Africa. This is an eye popping, wonderful trip. Don't ponder whether it's the one for you – just book it!

      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
      • Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Previous Travel With Rei
      • Why did you choose this trip?:
      • The Kalahari Desert AND the Okavango Delta all in one trip - perfect! Also, I really wanted to listen to the lions roar while sleeping under the stars, and our very first night, we did just that.
      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
      • Camping in the Kalihari is my new favorite thing in the whole world. It's just a wonderful way to be in close proximity to whatever the desert should offer up for observation that day. The lighting there has a unique quality and invites one to make your best effort to capture by photo or in your mind's eye the landscape and its inhabitants.
      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
      • This is not a time to skimp on CF cards! Also, take some video now and then - capturing the graceful movement of a giraffe lends itself to good memories later on. There's copious amounts of food, so if you eat a light (and fast) breakfast like yogurt and fruit, you can be the first vehicle out of camp. You might have to hunt for the camp tip jar. They may be placed discretely in the library.

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      5.0

      Fantastic wildlife

      By BobLR

      from Houston, TX

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      • Accommodations
      • Exceeded Expectations
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      • Well Organized Itinerary
      • Wildlife

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        Comments about REI Adventures Botswana Adventure Safari – Okavango Delta & Kalahari Desert:

        I had never visited Africa and was hoping for a chance to see some of the wildlife. This trip was an amazing chance to see a large number of species in several different ecosystems. I can't say enough about the skill and expertise of our guide, Thuto. In addition to an encyclopedic knowledge of the wildlife in the area, he is an accomplished photographer, and so he didn't just look for animals but also thought about what angle would provide the best lighting as well. I will always value the time we spent with Thuto in Botswana; his guiding skills truly made this trip a fantastic one for us. Each of the camps at which we stayed had its own personality, which was great. The staff members at all of them were friendly and very helpful.

        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
        • Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Previous Trip, I Liked the Itinerary
        • Why did you choose this trip?:
        • I liked the itinerary, in particular including both the Okavango Delta and the Kalahari. To be able to see the vast difference between the two in one trip was remarkable. . A friend from Africa suggested Botswana as a great destination and he was certainly accurate. The variety of wildlife was amazing and I did not expect the fantastic number of bird species.
        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
        • Although I liked the delta and the fantastic camps there, the Kalahari was really special. The camping there was the most primitive, but having the chance to go on game drives in the stark beauty of the desert, was outstanding.
          Seeing a pack of African wild dogs on the hunt in the Delta was truly an amazing experience that I will not soon forget.
        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
        • I would suggest bringing along disposable, foam hearing protectors for use on the small plane flights. I had both my DSLR and a good point&shoot along. There were times when I wanted to quickly get a wide angle picture while I had a telephoto lens on the DSLR and having the small camera was handy. Be sure to have plenty of memory cards; I filled up two 64G CF cards and could have used more.

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