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Okavango Delta, Botswana

In association with Oddballs Camp, Johna is able to offer the mokoro, camping and walking trail. This trail takes place in a pristine part of the Okavango Delta in an area that is part of the greater Chief’s Island.

We fly into the permanent Oddballs Camp, where we spend the first and last nights.  From here, we head out by mokoro with Botswanan poler/guides and wild camp in the Okavango wilderness for 5 nights or longer. The main activity is walking from the camps.

The Okavango is extremely flat being within the Kalahari Sands Basin. The habitats are, however, diverse and we encounter open water, floodplain grasslands, riverine forests, savanna woodlands and savanna scrub.

Camping is very primitive. All camping equipment and food is provided. Water is obtained from the river. Camping is in shared 2 person tents, sleeping on thin mattresses on the ground. Camps are set up wherever is convenient and are basic. We move camp to be able to walk in different areas. We cook over a fire, use a spade for a toilet and wash out of a bucket. Guests help with camp erection and dismantling, firewood gathering and cooking.

We may walk for up to 7 hours a day. A reasonable level of fitness and preparedness for some discomforts are essential – Oddballs Camp can be more than a day away.

The wildlife experiences are outstanding. Whether sitting at the campfire listening to the night sounds or tracking lion, the Okavango on foot is unique.

This is a potential malaria area and adequate precautions are recommended.

Okavango Trail

Botswana’s Okavango Delta is a world reknown fascinating and unique wildlife location. It is one of the world’s largest inland deltas and situated in an arid region which attracts great concentrations of diverse animals and birds to its water resources.

The Okavango is produced by seasonal flooding. The Okavango River drains the summer (January–February) rainfall from the Angola highlands and the surge flows 1,200 kilometres to flood the delta from May to August each year.  Every year, circa 11 cubic kilometres of water flow into the delta.  

Chief’s Island, the largest island in the delta, was formed by a fault line which uplifted an area over 70 km long and 15 km wide. Historically it was reserved as an exclusive hunting area for the chief. It now provides the core area for much of the resident wildlife when the waters rise.

From May to August the floodwaters spread out across the Okavango Delta making traveling by mokoro between camps possible.

From September to April traveling by mokoro is restricted or not possible but trails comprise walking between camps. The summer birding is enhanced by the visiting migrant species.  

Other Southern Africa Okavango Trail dates

These trails run in July and August, and are tailored to you!  Please contact us with your requirements.