Affordable Okavango Delta Safari

This itinerary features two authentic safari camps located in very different areas to provide a great well-rounded and affordable Okavango Delta safari.

The safari begins with quintessential Okavango scenery at Mopiri Camp, at the base of the pan handle within the permanent delta. The camp has a pretty setting by the vast Werobo Lagoon,  surrounded by sparkling Okavango waters.  Being a classic water camp the activities here are dictated by the aquatic environment with boat trips through the winding channels of papyrus and peaceful mokoro rides gliding through the shallow waters as you explore this unique eco-system.  Walking safaris explore idyllic islands and fishing is also offered. The birding is superb in this area.

Mopiri also offers a unique fly camp experience for those looking to experience a really authentic and adventurous safari in the style of the original explorers. A simple camp with dome-tents is set up by your team on a palm island, followed by sundowners and a three-course meal prepared over fire.  A truly fantastic up close and personal encounter with African wilderness.

After three nights in the watery wilderness of the permanent delta the safari continues to the eastern corner of the Okavango Delta, to a drier habitat more suited to big game.

Nokanyana Camp, meaning “Little River”, overlooks the confluence of the Khwai and Mababe Rivers, and has a lovely setting to relax between activities and watch the wildlife pass by.  This is an intimate and relaxed camp offering an affordable base to explore the area with game drives to Moremi, Khwai and Mababe depression.

Being a major source of water for key species such as elephant, waterbuck and red lechwe, the Khwai River is a popular meeting place for giraffe, kudu and zebra and the predators that follow such as lion, leopard and hyena.  Wild dog sightings are frequent and full day game rives are on offer for those guests wanting to take full advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity to see the diversity of species that makes this part of the Okavango so special.

While many camps in the Okavango are prohibitively expensive for many, this itinerary offers a genuinely affordable Okavango Delta safari – without compromising on the experience.

DAY 1 – MOPIRI CAMP

On arrival in Maun Airport you will be met and assisted onto your charter flight to Mopiri Camp – a short scenic flight of about 35 minutes over the Okavango Delta. On arrival you will be met by your guide and take a 5-minute boat ride to camp.

Overlooking the Weboro Lagoon, Mopiri camp is lies between palm and fig trees, offers a stunning panoramic view of the Okavango Delta.

Once you have settled into your room, you will then enjoy afternoon tea whilst your guide introduces you to the area, the camp, and the activities on offer. At an agreed time with your guide, you will meet and set out on your first activity, most likely a boat trip stopping in a pretty spot to enjoy a sundowner drink, returning to camp as the sun sets. Spend some time by the campfire before enjoying dinner under the stars.

Day 2 - Mopiri Camp

Wake up to an early breakfast before heading out on you chosen morning activity. As you get to midday, return to the shade of the camp and enjoy a delicious brunch and a siesta or maybe a dip in the pool. Later in the afternoon there will be high tea before heading out for your afternoon activity.

Activities at Mopiri are mainly water based and your experienced guide will expertly navigate you through the many meandering, papyrus lined waterways. Head out in the comfort of a motorboat, or on a double story barge which offers wonderful views over the reeds. A ride in a traditional mokoro (dug-out canoe) offers a chance to slowly saviour the smaller aspects of the Okavango. Peacefully gliding along the waterways in a Mokoro is a classic delta experience.

You may also choose the explore the island on foot, with a guided bush walk. Bird watching opportunities are outstanding, and fishing for bream and tiger fish is also a popular activity.

Take time between activities to enjoy the beautiful surroundings, relaxing by the pool or on your private deck. This may be one of the most affordable Okavango Delta Safari camps but it certainly doesn't appear that way- make the most of this beautiful spot.

Day 3 - Fly Camp

Today you will enjoy your morning activity as before, followed by some downtime in camp to relax before setting out for your overnight fly-camping experience.

As the day begins to cool you set out by boat to a secluded island accompanied by an expert team from Mopiri who will set up your very own fly camp under the stars. Sundowners by the fire and dinner prepared on the open coals. This down to earth experience will allow you to get even closer to the wildlife and a wonderful opportunity to surround yourself with the sights and sounds of the Okavango.

DAY 4– NOKANYANA CAMP

This morning, following your morning activity and a light breakfast you will be transferred back to the airstrip in time for your charter flight to Nokanyana Camp, a short flight of about 20 minutes. On arrival your guide will transfer you to camp by safari vehicle, a game drive of about 1.5 hours depending on what you see along the way.

Set on the banks of the Khwai River, the camp overlooks a large flood plain which sees a variety of wildlife passing through such as elephant, giraffe and plains game such as impala and zebra.

Once you have been introduced to the camp and settled in with some lovely afternoon tea and a chat with your guide you will head out on your first afternoon game drive. A chance to explore the area and look for predators as they begin to stir as the temperatures drop. Stopping for drinks in a scenic spot you will return to camp with a spot light, looking out for nocturnal wildlife. Arrive back in camp to a roaring fire and dinner under the stars.

Day 5 and 6 - NOKANYANA CAMP

For the next two days you will enjoy morning, afternoon and night game drives with your guide- exploring the surrounding area and even further afield. Full day trips exploring the Moremi, Savute or Khwai are possible too and highly recommended for some incredible wildlife sightings.

Bush walks are also offered, a chance to gain a deeper understanding of the African bush and for your guide to show off some of his expert tracking skills.

DAY 6 - END OF SAFARI

Today you will transfer to the airstrip in time for your charter flight back to Maun. The flight to Maun is scheduled to connect with any onward arrangements. Depending on the time of departure at camp you will have the opportunity to enjoy one final activity before bidding farewell to the Okavango.

The flight to Maun will take approximately 25 minutes, depending on stops along the way. On arrival a representative will meet you to ensure you connect to your onwards travel arrangements.

Flights to Kasane, for access to Chobe or to Victoria Falls can be arranged at an additional cost.

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Mopiri Camp

Mopiri Camp

Mopiri Camp

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Nokanyana Camp

Nokanyana Camp

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