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Cruise through the delta

The Okawango Delta is located in Botswana and is somewhat unusual because it's not near the sea. The Okawango River dissipates in the interior of Botswana, separating into dozens of smaller tributaries. Your main form of transportation in the Delta is a "mokoro," a small wooden boat propelled with a wooden stick. The Mokoro drivers are the gondoliers of Africa. We couldn't resist the chance to take a cruise through the Delta and see animals like elephants and hippopotamuses. The best part was setting me feet up on the edge of the boat and watching the sunset over the Delta.
Manuel Gonzalez
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Paradise

What can I say about this little piece of Paradise? You feel one with nature, just another animal in the multitude. And there are animals everywhere...hippos, elephants, buffalo...it's a view of how the world was centuries ago. It's relaxing and fascinating at the same time. All I can say is that if you can visit the Okavango Delta, it's the kind of place that'll really bring tears to your eyes.
alberto d- garcia
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You might think there is only one type of zebra

At first glance, you might think there is only one type of zebra, but there are actually three: The common or Burchell, the Grevy or real, and the mountain. Each are distinguished by the arrangement of their stripes and their size. In the Okavango zone you can find mostly the common zebra or Burchell. We this group of zebras several times and one was wounded in the leg (in one of the pictures you can see) ..
Almudena
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Gem of wilderness

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Amazing!!!

In spring of 2009 I was very lucky to witness an adult lion crossing a flooded canal of the Okavango Delta. They are awesome animals!

In spring 2009 I had the great fortune of seeing an adult lion passing through the flooded Okavango Delta. They are awesome animals!
Javier Clavijo
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The river okawango born in angola, an...

The river Okawango born in Angola, and after more than 3,000 km., Instead of going into the sea, in the desert s'insabbia creating an amazing place, I would say unique. In fact, it is incredulous to see an area of ​​over 15,000 sq. km. Lush beyond belief, rich in wildlife (lions, antelopes, elephants, hippos, crocodiles, etc..) And a variety of birds. To get there, I left Windhoek (Namibia) with a scheduled flight of Direct Air Botswana to Maun. In this remote and dusty small town are boarded a small plane (5 places), which led me to Shakawe, hence I went by car and by boat to reach the place where you can "base" within the delta. I stayed in a small but well-kept camp. At night it is quite normal for some animals between the various settlements, including hippos out of the water and you hear them walking, or rather, warn the "dull sound" of their slow pace, given the considerable weight of their body , downloaded from their legs when rhythmically rest on the ground. So, which came at night, it is good to stay in a tent (and that's why they are mounted on a concrete base about three feet high, inaccessible to hippos)! By day, with small boats, surf and peering through the thick vegetation and the multitude of animals that gradually come together. And it is still a wonder, mixed with a bit of apprehension masked ...

Il fiume Okawango nasce in Angola e dopo oltre 3.000 km., anzichè finire in mare, s'insabbia nel deserto creando un posto incredibile, direi unico. Infatti, si resta increduli nel vedere una zona di oltre 15.000 kmq. Rigogliosa fino all'inverosimile, ricchissima di fauna (leoni, antilopi, elefanti, ippopotami, coccodrilli, etc.) e con una notevole varietà di uccelli.
Per arrivarci, sono partito da Windhoek (Namibia) con un volo di linea della Air Botswana diretto a Maun. In questa piccola cittadina sperduta e polverosa sono salito su un piccolo aereo (5 posti), che mi ha portato a Shakawe, da qui ho proseguito in auto ed in barca per raggiungere il luogo dove fare "base" all'interno del delta.
Ho soggiornato in un piccolo, ma molto curato, campo tendato. Durante la notte è abbastanza normale la presenza di alcuni animali tra i vari insediamenti, compresi gli ippopotami che escono dall'acqua e li senti camminare o, meglio, avverti il "sordo rumore" del loro lento incedere, determinato dal notevole peso del loro corpo, scaricato dalle loro zampe quando ritmicamente si poggiano a terra. Quindi, sopraggiunta la notte, è bene restare in tenda (ed ecco il perché sono installate su di un basamento di cemento alto quasi un metro, inaccessibile agli ippopotami)!!!
Di giorno, con delle piccole imbarcazioni, si naviga e si scruta tra la fitta vegetazione e la moltitudine di animali che via via s'incontrano. Ed è una meraviglia continua, mista ad un pò di mascherata apprensione...
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The okavango river rises in angola an...

The Okavango River rises in Angola and flows into the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana, before being absorbed by the Kalahari Desert. This gigantic nature reserve is like an untouched paradise, where flora and fauna flourish, far from any human activity. Lions, elephants, hippos, jaguars and birds of all kinds, in a breathtaking setting with magnificent colors. During floods the river, tall grass plains of the reserve is covered with a sea of ​​oil, known locally as 'mirrors' of the Okavango, because it is impossible, in the pictures, to know the sky and its reflection in water, which is true. To visit the Okavango Delta and the nature reserve, is based in the village of Maun is a good solution. The best option to explore the wilderness: a 4x4 safari, guided by a local guide who knows by heart the small corner of the park and take you know where the animals live ... many independent guides are present in the city. It is also possible to take a plane ride over the delta and cruises on the Delta during the floods of the Okavango to May / June.

Le fleuve de l'Okavango prend sa source en Angola et vient se jeter dans le delta de l'Okavango, au nord du Botswana, avant de se faire absorber par le désert du Kalahari. Cette gigantesque réserve naturelle est comme un paradis intact, où s'épanouissent faune et flore, loin de toute activité humaine. Lions, éléphants, hippopotames, jaguars et oiseaux en tout genre, dans un décor à couper le souffle aux couleurs magnifiques.

Lors des crues du fleuve, les hautes herbes des plaines de la réserve se couvrent d'une mer d'huile, que les locaux appellent 'les miroirs' de l'Okavango, car il est impossible, sur les photos, de savoir, du ciel ou de son reflet dans l'eau, lequel est vrai.

Pour visiter le delta de l'Okavango et la réserve naturelle, se baser au village de Maun est une bonne solution. La meilleure option pour découvrir cette nature sauvage : un safari en 4x4, guidé par un guide local, qui connaît par cœur les petits recoins du parc et sait vous emmener là où les animaux vivent... de nombreux guides indépendants sont présents dans la ville. Il est aussi possible de faire un tour en avion au dessus du delta ainsi que des croisières sur le delta lors des crues de l'Okavango, vers mai/juin.
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The last edn of africa

Although the title sounds a bit bombastic, is certainly one of the least populated places on earth and with the other hand with the concentration of larger wildlife land. Is the title of a great book that aptly describes this place "Okavango: Africa's Last Eden" by Frans Lanting. It is the largest inland delta in the world. The experience of being in this space for several days offers an unforgettable life experience. Sunrises and sunsets fantastic nights where lion prides can disrupt your sleep, it would not be strange to visit nearby elephants or hippos, a relaxing walk on "mokoro", ... There are agencies in Spain that offer this possibility. Not my job to advertise them. In the area of ​​Moremi approaching the possibility to see big cats is extremely high. Do not think wildlife has the slightest interest in you. Wildlife develops normally despite our presence should always be very small for the safety of all and the conservation of this fragile natural heritage threatened by human greed. A lot of people might disturb a victim of a predator. Most important: hippos, crocodiles, lions, hyenas, ... Are not most numerous victims on our roads every day we take our jobs? Refusing, if possible, similar life experiences can become true undead. The only safety depends upon the proportion between us and them is maintained at a minimum. More pictures of me in the area here: ' http://www.flickr.com/photos/floc_cat/sets/72157634759060631/'

El último edén de áfrica

Aunque el título suene algo rimbombante, es sin duda uno de los lugares menos poblados de la tierra y con por otro lado con la concentración de fauna salvaje más grande de la tierra. Es el título de un magnífico libro que describe muy bien este lugar "Okavango Africa's Last Eden" de Frans Lanting. Es el mayor delta interior del mundo. La experiencia de encontrarse dentro de este espacio durante varios días ofrece una experiencia vital inolvidable. Amaneceres y puestas de sol fantásticas, noches en las que manadas de leones pueden interrumpir tu sueño, no seria extraña una visita cercana de elefantes o hipopótamos, un relajante paseo en "mokoro",... Hay agencias en España que ofrecen ésta posibilidad. No es mi trabajo hacerles publicidad. En la zona de Moremi la posibilidad de acercarse a ver grandes felinos es bastante alta. No penséis que la fauna tiene el menor interés en vosotros. La vida salvaje se desarrolla normalmente a pesar de nuestra presencia que debiera ser siempre muy reducida por la seguridad de todos y la conservación de este frágil patrimonio natural amenazado por la codicia humana. A mucha gente lo podría inquietar ser víctima de algún depredador. Los más importantes: hipopótamos, cocodrilos, leones, hienas,... ¿Acaso no son más numerosas las víctimas en nuestras carreteras que nos llevan cada día a nuestros puestos de trabajo? Negarse, si se puede, experiencias vitales análogas puede convertirnos en verdaderos muertos vivientes. La seguridad sólo depende de que la proporción entre nosotros y ellos se mantenga en la mínima expresión. Más fotos mías de la zona aquí: ' http://www.flickr.com/photos/floc_cat/sets/72157634759060631/'
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An ark of life, the most beautiful and wild oasis!

This inland delta, is one of the most fascinating ecosystems. The ro "Okavango" is a mystery reaches the desert "Kalahari" full of vigor, hard by the flow treasure in the wilds of Angola. Enters the desert sands like a real conqueror, displaying his wealth, victorious willing to go to sea, wasting life in its path. But will the sand sea itself who is going according hugging her step, it is suffocating. It breaks into thousands of pieces, divide, exhausts and will gobbling. Ah, that is the only river in the world without destination or perhaps a unique destination! That of being conquered by another ecosystem, creating in its wake, an immense oasis of vegetation. A Noah's Ark, a wildlife habitat where nature is the great spectacle. The delta in northwest Botswana, Okavango vertebrate by the river whose birth in Angola crosses the Caprivi strip Corridor in Namibia, opens like a fan inundating an area 16,000 km. Disappears! Without reaching or another ro, neither the sea, its great goal. If not gonna mode you are snaking a large snake, between islands, marshes, meadows, reaching the desert palm groves. Then frays in multiple lakes, canals, arms full of water springing a show authentic life Before he disappeared, swallowed up by the sands of the Kalahari! Born in Angola as "Cubango" crosses Namibia as "Kavango" to change its name to "Okavango" when in Botswana, is when it opens in multiple channels, arms and islands where it overflows. One of the diverse, beautiful and mgicos ms ecosystem of this planet with a generous flora, abound caaverales, papyri, its water lilies and lotus flowers as delicate. A delta that if from the mokoro as you slide, you feel the magic of the place so close, from the air flying over you realize its immensity, its boundless magnitude. With its explosion of green meadows full of herds of animals desplazndose, with hipoptamos in the water, she could not cope to look at both sides of the plane. And occasionally I made sure it was not a dream what I was seeing But if it's a dream authentic undoubtedly "The Okavango Delta" struggling to survive, like the Bushmen the nomads of the Kalahari, with bow and arrows run through it for thousands of years in search of fruits and hunting. When water is withdrawn, in tones that are meanders from the air seem fluorescent microorganisms that fill you with color, the desert gives way to water and life. And who will say that thanks to the tsetse fly carries the disease of sleep, survives this ecosystem, an inland delta accessible bird's eye view almost. Another memories, indelible images of Africa, in pure state!

Un arca de vida , el oasis más bello y salvaje !

Este delta interior , es uno de los ecosistemas más fascinantes . El río " Okavango " es un misterio llega al desierto del " Kalahari " lleno de vigor , con fuerza por el caudal que atesoro en las selvas de Angola .
Entra en las arenas del desierto como un autentico conquistador , desplegando su caudal , dispuesto a llegar victorioso al mar , derrochando vida a su paso .

Pero sera el propio mar de arena quien según lo va abrazando a su paso , lo va asfixiando . Lo rompe en miles de pedazos , lo divide , lo agota y lo va engullendo .

¡ De ahí , que sea el único río del mundo sin destino o tal vez , con un único destino ! El de ser conquistado por otro ecosistema , creando a su paso , un inmenso oasis de vegetación . Un arca de Noé , hábitat de una fauna donde la naturaleza es el gran espectáculo .

El delta en el noroeste de Botswana , vertebrado por el río Okavango cuyo nacimiento en Angola ¡ Cruza la franja del Corredor de Caprivi en Namibia , se abre como un abanico inundando una zona 16.000 km .
Desaparece ! Sin llegar ni a otro río , ni al mar , su gran meta .

Si no que va serpenteando a modo de una gran serpiente , entre islotes , marismas , praderas , palmerales llegando al desierto . Luego se deshilacha en múltiples lagos , canales , brazos llenos de agua brotando un autentico espectáculo de vida ¡ Antes de desaparecer , engullido por las arenas del Kalahari !

Nace en Angola como " Cubango " cruza Namibia como " Kavango " para cambiar su nombre por el de " Okavango " cuando entra en Botswana , es entonces cuando se abre en múltiples canales , brazos y islas por donde se desborda .

Uno de los ecosistema más diversos , bellos y mágicos de este planeta con una flora generosa , abundan los cañaverales , papiros , sus nenúfares y flores de loto tan delicados .

Un delta que si desde el mokoro mientras te deslizas , sientes la magia del lugar tan cerca , desde el aire sobrevolando te das cuenta de su inmensidad , de su inabarcable magnitud .

Con explosión de verdes en sus praderas llenas de manadas de animales desplazándose , con hipopótamos dentro del agua , no daba abasto a mirar a ambos lados de la avioneta .

Y de vez en cuando me aseguraba de que no era un sueño lo que estaba viendo ¡ Pero si que es un autentico sueño , sin duda " El Delta del Okavango " luchando por sobrevivir , lo mismo que los bosquimanos los nómadas del Kalahari , con arco y flechas lo recorren desde hace miles de años en busca de frutos y caza .

Cuando el agua se va retirando , en los meandros quedan unos tonos que desde el aire parecen microorganismos fluorescentes que te llenan de color , el desierto deja paso al agua y a la vida .
Y quien diría que gracias a la mosca tse-tse portadora de la enfermedad del sueño , pervive este ecosistema , un delta interior accesible casi a vista de pájaro .

¡ Otro de los recuerdos , con imágenes imborrables de África , en estado puro !
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Okavango delta mokoro

The Okavango Delta is one of the most beautiful places I saw during my trip through Africa. The water is clear and calm and the best experience is navigating through the different channels with a mokoro, the pequeas wooden boats that the locals use to get around the delta. I recommend making an exit including at minimum one night camping. After sailing for about an hour enjoying the sights and sounds of the environment, camped in one of the islands pequeas. Both give the same night as given by the following morning we went to excursions to neighboring islands. Although the delta is very tourist, it is so great that it is easy to be completely alone. We walked around all kinds of wild animals such as elephants, giraffes, zebras or hipoptamos. Although I had done several jeep safaris Kenya and Tanzania, the feeling of seeing the animals on foot, without having absolutely nothing to separate you from them was much more exciting. You can read my experience here: ' http://krisontheway.com/botswana-okavango-delta-kalahari/'

Delta de okavango en mokoro

El Delta de Okavango es uno de los sitios más bonitos que vi durante mi viaje por África. El agua es cristalina y calmada y la mejor experiencia es navegar por los diferentes canales con un mokoro, las pequeñas embarcaciones de madera que utilizan los lugareños para moverse por el delta.
Recomiendo hacer una salida que incluya como mínimo una noche de acampada. Después de navegar durante una hora aproximadamente disfrutando del paisaje y los sonidos del ambiente, acampamos en una de las pequeñas islas.
Tanto ese mismo día por la noche como el día siguiente por la madrugada fuimos a hacer excursiones por las islas vecinas. Aunque el delta es muy turístico, es tan grande, que es fácil estar completamente solo.
Estuvimos caminando cerca de todo tipo de animales salvajes como elefantes, jirafas, cebras o hipopótamos. Aunque había hecho varios safaris en jeep por Kenia y Tanzania, la sensación de ver los animales a pie, sin tener absolutamente nada que te separe de ellos fue mucho más emocionante.
Puedes leer mi experiencia aquí: ' http://krisontheway.com/botswana-okavango-delta-kalahari/'
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Strolling through the delta mokoro

Jump on a mokoro sunset is a unique experience. You feel helpless navigating the waters of the Okavango populated with wildlife on a boat so frail and small. But while you invade a sense of calm at sunset and you hear nothing but the sound of mokoro pushing through any of the thousands of channels of the delta.

Paseando en mokoro por el delta

Subirte en un mokoro al atardecer es una experiencia única. Te sientes indefenso navegando las aguas del Okavango pobladas de fauna y flora en una embarcación tan frágil y pequeña. Pero a la vez te invade una sensación de calma al caer el sol y no oyes nada más que el sonido del mokoro abriéndose paso por alguno de los miles de canales del delta.
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3 day mokoro in the delta

15 hours of stop and transit on a slain antelope with his cane and a chilly night in Ghanzi I spend wrapped in my blanket and my sleeping bag, my tent. Here is an introduction that I will long remember. The next half day spent in the back of a pick-up with two black workers in the cold morning air, leads me to Maun, gateway to the Okavango Delta ... How to summarize the Okavango Delta which is lost in the desert and gives the wildlife a still almost untouched paradise? With some numbers? 120,000 wild elephant? 1.8 million people in the country? Or by copying what I've thrown in my travel back in two days of travel mokoros the pirrogues traditional carved in tree trunks and used by the inhabitants of the islands of the delta. How to summarize the Delta? The mokoros slipping silently among the reeds, birds and deaf pépitent crunches elephants in the bush countless islands. My guide live there, barefoot and respect the silence. I do the same. They drink water from the Delta, recognize traces of lions, hyenas and tapirs in dried pools and they are attentive and curious about everything. We cresons our toilets even the sand with a bone girrafe and make every night a healthy fire nights and mornings are icy. the nights are beautiful too, crickets and unknown noise, crackling fire and billions of stars between the branches of the trees around us. Not a light, not a useless word. The gross nature, against which a rifle we would appeal. My guides rely on their experience and knowledge passed down for millennia avoid fatal encounter. Their ulterior perspective, if the lion or elephant just for you, nothing will stop it. So they blend into the scenery out of the question to confront. I rejoice to follow in their footsteps, to listen to their rare stories full of humility and follow their advice. They hear the first elephant I see before them. They enjoy a knowing smile. Are the ones who will signal a hasty departure, having lost sight of the animal and not wanting to surprise him, leaving him responsible for choice. Dry mouth and heart-pounding, we return to the mokoros and resume our slips between the reeds. A little out of time, burned by the sun, but happy to be a part of everything beautiful and balanced, with my desire to stay there a little more, to learn again, not again.

3 jours de mokoro dans le delta

15 heures de stop et de transport en commun de suite, une antilope massacrée à coup de canne et une nuit glaciale à Ghanzi que je passe enroulé dans ma couverture de survie et mon duvet, sous ma tente. Voici une entrée en matière dont je me souviendrai longtemps. La demi-journée suivante, passée à l’arrière d’un pick-up avec deux ouvriers noirs dans l’air glacial du matin, m’amène à Maun, porte du Delta de l’Okavango...

Comment résumer le Delta de l'Okavango qui se perd dans le désert et offre à la faune et la flore un paradis encore presque intact ? Avec quelques chiffres ? 120 000 éléphant sauvages ? 1.8 millions d'habitants dans tout le pays ? Ou alors en recopiant ce que j'ai jetté dans mon carnet de voyage en revenant des 2 jours de voyage en mokoros, les traditionnels pirrogues creusées dans des tronc d'arbres et utilisées par les habitants des iles du Delta.

Comment résumer le Delta ? Les mokoros qui glissent sans bruit entre les roseaux, les oiseaux qui pépitent et les craquements sourds des éléphants dans le bush des innombrables îles. Mes guident vivent de rien, marchent pieds nus et respectent les silences. Je fais de même. Ils boivent l'eau du Delta, reconnaissent les traces de lions, de hyènes et de tapirs dans les flaques asséchées et ils sont attentifs, et curieux de tout. Nous cresons nos toilettes à meme le sable avec un os de girrafe et faisons tous les soirs un feu salutaire : les nuits et les matins sont glaciaux. les nuits sont belles aussi, criquets et bruits inconnus, feu qui crépite et des milliards d'étoiles entre les branches des arbres qui nous entourent.

Pas une lumière, pas une parole inutile. La nature brute, contre laquelle un fusil ne nous serait d'aucun recours. Mes guides comptent sur leur expérience et les savoirs millénaires transmis pour éviter toute rencontre fatale. De leur point de vue inavoué, si le lion ou l'éléphant vient pour toi, rien ne l'arrêtera. Ils se fondent donc dans le décors, hors de question de l'affronter. Je jubile à suivre leurs pas, à écouter leurs rares histoires pleines d'humilité et à suivre leurs conseils. Ils entendent l'éléphant le premier, je le vois avant eux. Ils apprécient d'un sourire complice. Ce seront eux qui donneront le signal d'un départ précipité, ayant perdu l'animal de vue et ne voulant pas le surprendre, ne lui laissant que la charge pour choix.

La bouche sèche et le coeur battant, nous regagnons les mokoros et reprenons notre glisse entre les roseaux. Un peu hors du temps, brulés par le soleil, mais heureux de faire partie s'un tout magnifique et équilibré, avec pour moi l'envie de rester là un peu plus, d'apprendre encore, de ne pas repartir.
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Okavango delta

One of the few havens that remain in this world.

Delta del okawango

Un de los pocos paraísos que nos quedan en este mundo.
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Relaxing

Punting on the river is an experience that fills you with peace and calm.

Relajante

Pasear en barca por el río es una experiencia que te llena de paz y calma.
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This delta in botswana is a veritable...

This delta in Botswana is a veritable wonder of nature, much more than a trip is an experience, the beauty of this place makes me think that heaven exists. I was very narrow in contact with animals and I was staying in a tent, which allowed a closer contact with nature.

Ce delta du Botswana est une véritable merveille de la nature, bien plus qu'un voyage c'est une expérience, la beauté de ce lieu me fait penser que le paradis existe. J'étais en contact très étroit avec les animaux et je logeais dans une tente, ce qui permettait un contact plus proche de la nature.
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Information about The Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta Address
Delta, Maun, Botsuana
Delta, Maun, Botsuana
The Okavango Delta Website
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