An expedition for intrepid travellers, this trans -Okavango boating safari explores the Okavango from north to south. Camping on remote islands, days are spent exploring the waterways and lagoons by boat and the islands on foot. Your camp moves with you, this is a simple authentic camping experience, in the style of the original safaris. A unique safari experience, best suited to well seasoned safari goers or adventurous travellers. These private expeditions only run when water levels permit, usually May-August. Can be tailored on request for shorter trips.
This itinerary has been designed as a more leisurely safari trip , with two nights in most camps to allow for a full day to explore each island camp and the surrounding water ways. This is not a race from top to bottom but rather a chance to savor the magic of the Okavango, the varied landscapes and wildlife of this pristine environment. The itinerary described runs from north to south but can be done in reverse. Note that rates vary depending on the number of travellers in the group.
There are plenty of wonderful game viewing opportunities along the way – elephant, hippo, buffalo and aquatic antelope such as red lechwe, reedbuck and waterbuck are common sightings. Plains game are often seen along the water’s edge and on the larger islands predators can be found too. While there is plenty of game viewing this style of safari is not for those looking for plenty of predator action and large herds, which are generally not supported in the aquatic environments, especially in the north. For this reason, this itinerary is best for experienced safari goers or those interested in the ecosystems and natural wonders of the Okavango beyond the big five. This itinerary can be combined with a classic safari package at a lodge for a comprehensive Okavango experience. Shorter 3 night boating safaris in the southern sections of the Okavango are also available.
This is a private safari, offering you the chance to enjoy this wilderness at your own pace and with focus on your own personal interests. Your experienced guide opens up the wonders of the Okavango for you and the team of staff are on hand to take care of camp duties as you move with your camp through the Okavango. The camp is simple but very comfortable. The standard safari features spacious walk in meru-style tents with en-suite bathrooms containing bucket showers (hot water provided) and bush loos. A more economical option is available with dome tents and separate shared ablutions.
This expedition depends entirely on the flood waters from Angola, which usually arrive around March, peaking in July. Every year is different as the arrival time of the rains differs annually as does the amount of rain received in Angola. During drought years, as in 2019, this expedition is not possible, though typically this safari runs from April-May to August/September. Early predictions are difficult. Where waters are too low to allow for the full expedition we relocate the safari though the days on the water will be reduced and more land activities included.
It is important to note this itinerary is intended as a rough guide and may change according to water levels, campsite availability and other reasons beyond our control.