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2 Day Nxaraga Island Boating Safari

Botswana (Maun – Nxaraga Island – Maun)

Overview

This short trip is an ideal way of experiencing the magnificent Okavango Delta in Botswana, the wetland area in the heart of the Kalahari. You will be met in Maun by your guide and set off on your journey into the Okavango Delta. Most of the day will be spent on the water looking for the abundant wildlife and birds in the area and also appreciating the beauty of your surroundings. Your accommodation for the night is a bush camp on Nxaraga Island but don’t worry, there are hot showers! And sundowners! The next day, you will make your way slowly back to Maun by boat, refreshed by your 2 days in the delta.

Safaris

1 night in bush camp, Nxaraga Island
2 day/1 night Boating Safari

Day 1 – Nxaraga Island
08:30 – Your guide will meet you at the lodge you are staying at in Maun on the edge of the Thamalakane River.
09:00 – You will then get ready to depart on your adventure up river and into the Okavango Delta. Light snacks with tea and coffee will be provided along the way.

Lunch will either be served along the way to your first bush camp on one of the islands or in camp on arrival. Once in camp you will find your tent with made up bedrolls prepared. Wash basins will be provided outside. Bush toilets and hot showers are erected for you. We will then head out on the water for a couple of hours.

After tea and coffee we will head back out on the water to look for game/ birdlife and explore the channels in the afternoon. Sundowner drinks on the boat before heading back to camp for hot showers and dinner.

Accommodation is provided for one night on a full board basis

Day 2 – Departure
On this day we board the boats and make our way slowly back to Maun stopping along the way for tea and coffee. Later we will stop for lunch. We will arrive back in Maun in the late afternoon.

Location

Botswana is in the southern part of Africa, north of South Africa and east of Namibia.

Experiences

The Okavango Delta is the spectacular result of the Okavango (Kavango) River flowing into the very flat and dry Kalahari Desert and the delta supports large concentrations of animals on both a permanent and seasonal basis. One of the only sources of water during the dry period the Okavango Delta attracts thousands of animals creating one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of wildlife. A huge variety of species are found within the delta including African Bush Elephant, African Buffalo, Hippopotamus, Giraffe, Nile crocodile, Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Brown Hyena, Spotted Hyena, Greater Kudu, Sable Antelope, Black Rhinoceros, White Rhinoceros, Plains Zebra, Warthog and Chacma Baboon. Notably the endangered African Wild Dog still survives within the Okavango Delta and exhibits one of the richest pack densities in Africa. In addition to the large animals the delta also supports over 400 species of birds and 71 recorded species of fish including Tigerfish, Tilapia and Catfish. A spectacular and unusual way of seeing the Delta’s wildlife is on horseback and although this is restricted to those with a fair amount of experience, other activities can be arranged for non-riders. In the Delta’s Moremi Game Reserve, dug-out canoes are used to navigate past birdlife, hippos and crocodiles – a unique way of seeing these wonderful creatures. The Chobe National Park is located in Botswana’s north eastern district and is flanked in the south west by the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve. From its north-east entry gate, it’s less than 100 km to the Victoria Falls and Livingstone. Chobe National Park is the ideal location for any visitor interested in a combination of the natural wonder of the Victoria Falls and magnificent wildlife sightings. 

Accommodations

Luxury safari camps and lodges

Useful Info

Capital: Gaborone

Time difference: Botswana is 2 hours ahead of GMT and five hours ahead of EST.

Money: The official currency in Botswana is the Botswana Pula but Euro, British Pounds, US Dollars, South African Rand and other major currencies can be exchanged locally or in advance of departure. Exchange facilities are available at various bureau de changes and banks in major towns have ATMs. It's advisable to request bank notes in smaller denominations, as it can sometimes be hard to get change from large notes and smaller notes are handy for smaller purchases and gratuities. Traveller's Cheques are not recommended as they're often difficult to exchange and incur high fees.

Health: You should seek medical advice before travelling to Botswana and ensure that you receive all the appropriate vaccinations. As a guide Polio, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A and Tetanus are strongly recommended. Rabies may also be recommended. There is the risk of malaria in certain areas of Botswana so it is very important to check with your doctor before you go, to see whether malarial medication is required for the areas you are visiting. A valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is also required if travelling into Botswana and you have previously been in an infected country.

Water: The tap water in Botswana is generally considered safe to drink, but as a precaution you may want to drink bottled mineral water, which is available from shops, hotels and restaurants. 

Climate: Botswana's climate is semi-arid. Though it is hot and dry for much of the year, there is a rainy season, which runs through the summer months. However, rainfall tends to be erratic, unpredictable and highly regional. 

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