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

Amanda Marks is the founder and managing director of award-winning tour operator, Tribes Travel. Having started travelling professionally in her mid-twenties as a tour leader in Africa and the Middle East, she set up Tribes with her husband Guy in 1998. She travels regularly both alone and with her family, and is committed to sustainable travel so we can protect the earth's diversity and beauty for future generations.