“Rough It” in Style in the Okavango

Posted on July 17th, 2013 by Mike Haines in Family Safaris, Safaris: Botswana.

8 Days in Small Tented Camps in the Okavango and Linyanti Region

Explore the Okavango Delta from small tented safari camps tucked away on large wildlife rich islands. Flying across the Delta is part of the experience as you spot wildlife below. Activities include boating, game drives, traditional dug out canoes and walking safaris.  This is a more affordable Botswana safari option.

Day 1

Arrive in Maun, Botswana and scheduled light aircraft flight to Shinde Camp.

Shinde Camp OkavangoNestled on a lush palm island in the heart of the Okavango Delta which teems with animal and birdlife. The main lodge’s unique tree house comprises a multi-tiered  dining and lounge area. Its setting, amongst the shade of ebony and mangosteen trees, complements the atmosphere of this truly original safari camp.
Accommodation comprises eight twin-bedded classic safari tents, each with en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water.
Shinde’s location affords water and land access throughout the year, providing a diverse range of activities. Game drives are conducted in specially-designed safari vehicles. Fishing enthusiasts can fish for a variety of species such as tilapia and tiger fish.

Three nights at Shinde Camp on a full board basis with safari activities.

Day 4

Today you are transferred to Footsteps Camp. Access is by vehicle and mokoro.

This rustic seasonal bush camp located in a remote area of the Okavango, and specialises in walking safaris.Footsteps camp Okavango
With only three tents, this is a unique and exclusive experience. This safari maintains the elegance and eccentricity of the original “under canvas African safari”. The emphasis is on exploring this beautiful and diverse environment as the first African explorers did.
Each tent has its own bucket shower and bush toilet which is attached to the back of the tent, and there is even a daily laundry service. The ‘bush kitchen’ is run by the chef who prepares menus to wet all appetites.

Walking in the wilderness is the highlight of a true safari experience. No special training is required as the focus is on exploration and discovery – tracking fresh spoor each morning to reveal the night’s events. Guests will be in the hands of the best professional guides whose first passion is to interpret and bring to life every aspect of the bush. Other possible activities include game-drives, Mokoro or fishing trips, which vary throughout the year.

Two nights at Footsteps Camp on a full board basis with safari activities.

Wild dogs OkavangoMikes note: Footsteps also operates a wonderful family safari. By taking over the camp, a family has their own private safari, with children’s interests of any age specifically catered to. Activities include fishing, making bows and arrows, learning how to cook over a fire, learning about the bush and its inhabitants. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a safari on a private, though affordable basis.

Day 6

Today you fly across the Delta to Kanana Camp.

The Kanana area encompasses a necklace of islands dotted with palms, figs, ebony and knobthorn, and is home to a myriad of birds, plants and animals. The nature of the habitat means it is the perfect place to experience the diversity of species found within the Okavango Delta.Kanana Camp Okavango
Guests are accommodated in eight spacious, twin-bedded safari tents, each with en-suite bathrooms with shower, hot and cold running water and flush toilet. The tents are well spaced, affording privacy whilst remaining within comfortable distance from the main lodge area.
The annual floods transform this dry camp into a true water experience. The focus of activities at Kanana varies with the rising and falling levels of the Okavango Delta. Activities include morning and late afternoon game drives in open safari vehicles, with afternoon game drives often continuing into the evening. Alternatively you may explore the crystal clear waterways by Mekoro or motorboat, and enjoy the magnificent variety of birds, plant and reptile species found in the area.

Kanana also has a sleep out deck overlooking a lagoon.

Two nights at Kanana Camp on a full board basis with safari activities.

Day 8

Today you fly back to Maun, or continue your safari in a new area. Little Kwara Camp to the north is a great option for an intense wildlife experience. Little Kwara can also replace Kanana after a stay at Footsteps, or Shinde.

Flying over Okavango Delta

Further details

The schedule outlined above, is an example of the many types of trips we can put together for you in Botswana. For more details on customising the ideal trip, and costs, please contact us.