You can see big cats, herds of elephants, antelopes, zebra and giraffe from the back of a bouncing 4x4, but when you walk you’ll see much more. Spot cunningly camouflaged lizards – some like miniature dragons – fascinating insect life and small mammals. Similarly, paddling a dugout canoe quietly along a winding river reveals thirsty game drinking on the banks. Mounted on a horse, you almost become part of the herd!
Walking and canoeing in the Okavango is a unique experience, riding in the Selinda Reserve is also not to be missed.
Catch an evening flight, arriving at Johannesburg the next morning. Connect with your onward flight to Maun, arriving early afternoon. You’ll then take a light aircraft to Footsteps Across the Delta.
In a region as game-rich as the Okavango Delta – created where the majestic Okavango River floods the Kalahari Desert – you will not have to walk far to encounter a great number of different animals. Amongst the riverine forests, palm islands, wetlands and dry sandveld you’ll see lions and wild dogs, hippos, antelope like lechwe and kudu, zebra, warthogs and impala.
You’ll also experience the old-fashioned romance of life in a classic tented safari camp, as well as exploring the area in the traditional manner – on foot and by mekoro dugout canoe.
Stay: Three nights in classic tented accommodation at Footsteps Across the Delta.
Today you’ll move to Motswiri Camp in the renowned Selinda Reserve. Here you’ll continue with your walking safaris, but you’ll also have the opportunity to exchange Shanks’s pony for a well-schooled horse. Both are great ways of seeing game, but being mounted often seems to inspire more trust in the wildlife – perhaps they see you and the horse as a single (curious!) animal – allowing you to approach without disturbing them unduly.
You’ll find Selinda is home to elephants, giraffe, zebra, sable, wild dogs, roan antelopes, buffalo and more – including big cats like lions, leopards and cheetah.
Stay: Three nights in a double tent at Motswiri Camp.
Selinda – Maun – Johannesburg
Time to go home. Say goodbye to Selinda Reserve and take a light aircraft from your local airstrip to Maun, where you’ll meet your connecting flight to Johannesburg. You’ll depart Jo’burg in the evening, arriving home the next morning.