The Okavango River, originating in southeast Angola, enters Botswana and fans out into the Okavango Delta covering an area of nearly 20,000km². This wildlife eden comprising rivers, floodplains, countless small channels, lagoons and palm-filled islands is a recently declared world heritage site and one of Africa’s premier wildlife viewing destinations.
From the far northern reaches of the Delta a desperate ribbon of water, the Selinda Spillway, pushes it’s way through deep Kalahari sand, bisecting near-waterless woodlands, before connecting with the perennial Kwando-Linyanti-Chobe river system. The spillway forms the focus of this expedition as we’ll follow the course of the river from the Okavango Delta to where it meets the backflow from the Zibadianja lagoon, before retracing our route (from the air this time) back into the heart of the Delta at Duba Plains.
The expedition will draw on differing perspectives from which we’ll explore the natural systems and wildlife – we’ll adventure and journey in a light fixed wing aircraft, on horseback, traditional mokoro, on foot, by canoe, motorized boat, open safari vehicle and helicopter. Along the way we’ll use permanent tented expedition-style camps and a mobile fly-camp, allowing access to remote reaches of northern Botswana wilderness. This will be an epic expedition tailor-made for the adventure traveler who likes to tread on African soil and paddler her wild waters.