A boat trip in the Okavango Delta

Papyrus and waterlilies, African jacanas and crocodiles, huge waterberry trees … we whizzed past them on the waterways of the Okavango Delta.

I have never before had such a clear idea in my mind about the scale of the Delta. When you fly over it in a light plane it is the most stunning patchwork of greens, blues and sandy colours, and you watch in awe-struck silence, but you don’t really get an idea of the real size – at least not unless you’re used to the bird’s eye perspective I guess.

Travelling on an open motor boat from Shinde Camp to Xakanaxa in Moremi took us about 3+ hours. We sped along the northern edge of the Delta, sometimes on narrow, reed-filled channels, sometimes on slightly wider channels which occasionally opened out into lagoons.

I have always loved that feeling of going from A to B by land, and getting to know the landscape and terrain. It makes me feel like I understand a place much better. Turns out that you get that same feeling on waterways such as this. I feel like I have really grasped the size and diverse beauty of the Okavango’s watery world. I highly recommend you consider this if you get to the Delta!

Amanda Marks - Author

Amanda Marks is a founder and director of Tribes Travel. She believes travel opens hearts and minds.

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