Okavango Delta: Our most recommended tours and activities

Okavango Delta: Mokoro Day Tour

1. Okavango Delta: Mokoro Day Tour

Move quietly through the shallow waters of the Okavango Delta in a traditional mokoro and give yourself the best chance of seeing aquatic wildlife. Visit the eastern delta in a community-controlled wilderness area and enjoy a truly soothing experience. After pickup from your hotel or lodge in Maun, make your way to Audi Camp and board a motorboat near here, depending on the water level. Head along the Boro Channel to Boro Mokoro Station to meet your boatman, known as a poler. Next, hop into your mokoro with your experienced poler, a master of the channels of the delta who is astute in co-existing with aquatic wildlife. Learn about the amazing ecosystem that is the Okavango Delta, and soak up the tranquility of the area. Break up your mokoro tour by setting up a picnic lunch on an island. Marvel at the breathtaking views and take a nature walk before exploring more channels in the delta. When your once in a lifetime experience draws to a close, head back to the Boro Mokoro Station where your engine-powered boat will pick you up for a trip to Audi camp to arrive before sunset. Alternatively, you may be picked up by car.

From Maun: Moremi Game Reserve Tour

2. From Maun: Moremi Game Reserve Tour

This day trip to Moremi is the quickest way to catch a glimpse of what this remarkable reserve has to offer. If you don’t have the time to spend the night, then this activity is perfect for you – departing from Maun at the crack of dawn on a safari vehicle, you’ll head out to the reserve with your guide.   Moremi Game Reserve is home to some of the world’s greatest species of wildlife, and is excellent for game viewing and bird watching. The park contains all major naturally occurring herbivore and carnivore species in the region, and has over 400 species of birds, many migratory and some endangered. As well, both Black and White Rhino, while rare to spot, have been recently re-introduced, making this reserve a “Big Five” destination (meaning it contains lions, leopards, rhinoceros, elephants, and Cape buffalo).   Enjoy a break in the middle for a light lunch before you continue on your exploration, passing around lagoons and pools along the river channels as well as some flat plains. Head back to Maun in late afternoon after a full and exciting day immersed in nature.

From Maun: 3-Day Central Kalahari Game Reserve Safari Tour

3. From Maun: 3-Day Central Kalahari Game Reserve Safari Tour

Day 1 We will depart from Maun at 0700hrs and head to CKGR to set camp in the Deception valley. We should reach CKGR in 2 hours. During and shortly after good summer rains (September to January), the flat grasslands of the reserve’s northern reaches teem with wildlife, which gather at the best grazing areas. These include springbok and gemsbok, as well as wildebeest, hartebeest, eland and giraffe. At other times of the year, when the animals are more sparsely distributed, the experience of travelling through truly untouched wilderness, of seemingly unending dimensions, is amazing. We will arrive at camp to have lunch and enjoy an afternoon siesta. We will head out for an evening game drive & sunset within the Deception Valley. Upon return to the camp, you will be treated to a hot camp shower before proceeding to dinner around a campfire. You will then retreat to your 3.2 x 3.2m tent equipped with a stretcher bed, a veranda and an attached bathroom with flush-able toilet, shower and sink. Day2 Rise and shine and say hello to a fresh morning over coffee/tea and rusks for a 0630hrs morning game drive to Sunday Pan waterhole, and have brunch at Passarge Valley. Under the dense umbrella thorn Acacia tortillis thickets cheetah and lion rest up in the mid-day heat. CKGR boasts an amazing variety of birds, believe: Secretary bird, Kori Bustard and Ostrich are the most prominent of the species to be spotted, with good chances of seeing Lapped-faced Vulture and White-backed Vulture too. We will continue to explore this amazing landscape in search of its beauties. Our final leg of the morning drive will take us back through Leopard Pan to arrive at camp for lunch and enjoy an afternoon siesta. After a well deserved rest we will depart for an evening game drive to Deception Pan where we will enjoy a great sunset. Once the sun goes down we will head back to camp. Day 3 Rise and shine and say hello to a fresh early morning over coffee/tea and rusks! We will head out for a game drive at the crack of dawn with the hopes of spotting cheetah, a resident pride of lion and several leopard whose territories include parts of the pan. We will head back to camp around mid morning to enjoy warm shower before a scrumptious breakfast. Once we have had breakfast we will embark on our vehicle for a leisurely drive back to Maun. The reserve might have little farewell surprises as we drive back “home” so keep those cameras ready to capture the last memories of the Kalahari. We will enjoy the leisurely drive as we continue our learning about this reserve and its beauties, mostly very unique. We anticipate to arrive in Maun mid afternoon, depending on what we spot along the way. You will be transported to your hotel or start another tour to either Moremi Game Reserve or Okavango delta, both highly recommended destinations to augment the Kalahari experience.

Maun: Okavango Delta Mokoro Tour and Bush Walk

4. Maun: Okavango Delta Mokoro Tour and Bush Walk

After pickup from your hotel in Maun, drive for approximately an hour to the Okavango Delta. On arrival at the mokoro station, the punter-guides will provide a brief introduction on the day's itinerary. Climb into your mokoro and head out into the waterways of the delta. Stop by an island and do a bush walk to stretch your legs, look for animals and learn about the local flora and fauna. Animals that can usually be seen include hippos, crocodiles, elephants, zebras, impala, and various bird species. Make a stop to eat your packed lunch and enjoy a refreshing drink. You will then return to the mokoro and start the return journey back to the vehicle, which will be waiting to drive you back to Maun.

2 Nights Okavango Delta Mokoro

5. 2 Nights Okavango Delta Mokoro

On Day 1, we start the tour by picking you up from your hotel in Maun during the morning, typically around 09:00h (other times available upon request). We commence the adventure with a 1-hour speedboat cruise to the Buffalo Fence. Depending on dry season or other circumstances, we may use a 4×4 vehicle for transportation. At the buffalo fence, you will meet your experienced poler, who will lead you on an unforgettable journey through the captivating channels of the Okavango. Our polers and guides, who were born and raised in the Okavango Delta, are deeply passionate and knowledgeable about their home. They will show you the wonders of the Delta’s unique ecosystem. Travel deep into the water system aboard a traditional one-tree canoe known as a Mokoro and immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of the Delta. For lunch, we’ll be waiting for you in camp on an island. After the meal, you can freshen up before embarking on an afternoon nature walk, where we hope to encounter more wildlife and learn about the plants, animals, and tribes that inhabit the region. We’ll return to camp for dinner, where you can gather around the campfire to share the stories of the day. Day 2: On Day 2, we continue to explore the Delta’s enchanting channels by Mokoro, accompanied by an experienced guide from a community trust. We’ll also embark on a guided bushwalk on the Delta’s islands. Your day starts with a warm “Dumela” (Setswana for Hello) and a light breakfast awaiting you. After coffee, tea, and breakfast, we begin our first gameviewing activity, either a nature walk or a canoe excursion. Upon returning to camp, you’ll have the opportunity to shower and relax before being served brunch. In the late afternoon, when the midday sun starts to set, we’ll engage in a second gameviewing activity. Our experienced bush chef will prepare delicious meals cooked over the bushfire, providing a delightful dining experience. As the evening unfolds, you can share your day’s experiences around the campfire before retiring to your comfortable tent, serenaded by the sounds of the wildlife and the bush. Day 3: On the last day of the tour, you’ll enjoy one final adventure with a Dug Out Canoe tour and a bushwalk before heading back to town. We’ll take a rest by the riverside for lunch. Before sunset, we will return to Maun, marking the end of an incredible journey through the Okavango Delta. This trip offers the best way to explore the wonders of the Delta!

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What people are saying about Okavango Delta

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 6 reviews

Our guide Broken was not broken indeed! He is the master of the Bush. An ever lasting memorable event with key wildlife viewed at very close proximity. My wife, except the massaging road to, enjoyed every moment. Moremi rocks.

This tour is great. If you like nature and tranquility, you should especially choose this activity. Well organized and very experienced guide.

Well guided dugout tour. Tour was a little shorter than described in the information. Second guide could not speak English