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The Okavango Delta in Botswana is probably the most famous, and certainly the most spectacular, floodplain in the world. The deltas floods are fed from the Angolan rains, which start in October and finish sometime in April and taking almost nine months from the source to the bottom end of the delta (Maun). During the peak of the flooding the deltas area can expand to over 16,000 square kilometres, shrinking to less than 9,000 square kilometres in the low period. The best period for game viewing in the delta is during the months of May-October, as the animal life is concentrated along the flooded areas.
The best time for birdwatching and enjoy the vegetation is during the rainy season, from November to April, as the migrant bird populations are
in the area and the plants are green and flowering. Safari activities by water are the primary speciality of the Okavango and the best way to explore the area is by walking or taking part of a mokoro trip. The mokoro is a native dug-out canoe, poled through the shallow waters of the Delta in almost total silence, which leaves the birds and the fauna undisturbed. Fortunately, vehicles are allowed only on the main islands.

I opted for a natural choice, for my stay in the area and decided for a camp located deep in the heart of the Okavango Delta and accessible by light aircraft only. The accommodation was in 3-man, 2.4m x 2.4m dome tent set on elevated wooden deck. It was a really exciting experience especially during the night, hearing the sounds of the local fauna. And not only, because during one night, our camp was "hardly" visited by two male elephants, glad of the fruits of the palmtrees, located all around our tent and some of them at only 4-5m. So they shook the trees all the night and from time to time checked carefully the steadiness of the tent with their trunk. Fortunately, with all the noises they made, my daughter of eight years didn't wake up and we remained in silence, almost without breathing for 4 hours(!!). Previously, we were adviced not to leave our tent if something like this happen, because is more dangerous than remain in it, but I didn't resist to have a look at. It was terrific to see two long tusks enlightened by the moon at about 5 metres from me.
The really most exciting experience I ever had!

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