Dear Friends all over the world !
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful Happy New Year !! May 2020 be all you wish it to be.
The end of another exciting year – and the beginning of a wonderful festive season ! A time to reflect on what the year has brought us and what the New Year may have in store. Okavango Voyagers is well and strong – with many shared safaris over the best game viewing months of the year.
Okavango Voyagers is once again planning vibrant safari trips to Khwai, Savuti and the Okavango Delta. A combination of staying at a water-based camp is being laced into our itineraries, to make for an all-encompassing experience, with opportunities of gliding through the Okavango Delta in a mokoro (dugout canoe) or going for a relaxing afternoon in a motor boat, to fish for the feisty tiger fish.
The afternoon sunset boat cruise on the lily-laden lagoons, is as popular as ever. Hippo serenade while sunset drinks are served aboard and it makes for a special way to end the day.
The camps we erect are comfortable and spacious, with twin beds in medium size Meru tents. An outside double compartment shower tent is erected at every camp and one has plenty of room in which to dry off and get dressed. Each tent has a chemical toilet (for nighttime use) and each set up camp has an outside toilet for daytime use.
We continually strive to improve our equipment to enable us to give our clients every comfort they deserve. The tents are comfortable and have much more space than our older bow tents had.
Our cuisine is of a high standard, with food stuffs and freshly baked bread, prepared daily. Our staff are ever accommodating and provide any assistance when required. Speak to us about any special dietary requirements you may have – we cater for everyone!
Botswana is such a wonderful country - so full of adventure with places to explore of wild beautiful flood plains where man seldom goes. There is no end of unspoiled places to go to and experience the sounds and calls of nature - through the day, like the fish eagle at dawn and the lion call at night.
Bookings should ideally be made one year in advance if at all possible as the waiting list gets longer and longer closer to the time. August, September and early October are beautiful months in which to enjoy Botswana’s magic. The beautiful cloudy sky build ups with unbelievable sunsets, sunrises and beautifully fresh mornings make it all worthwhile. September is still one of the better months as it is mostly not too hot through the day. The last few years, our game sightings have been the best through early to middle of September as the waterholes still attract a variety of game.
A great favourite of ours too, are the early months, till around the middle of April, when the zebra migration returns to the Savuti marsh. Thousands of zebra migrate north and stopover in Savuti. The lion prides go to town and the activity of black stripes in the long grass, being stalked by lion is fascinating to watch. Zebra have good sight for far movement and the lions have great stealth. Pitted against each other is like a story unfolding as you watch. The Khwai River was as popular as ever, with so many good sightings of leopard. The black silhouettes of gentle elephant bulls standing in the channel or on well trampled sand banks, made the golden sunsets that much more special. The Savuti Channel was dry for many years then flowed again (about 11 years ago with an abundance of water, filling the famous Savuti marsh - a wetland created over a few months as the water rose and overflowed the channel. Sadly again - the waters receded and crept back towards the source, many miles away.
This year’s rains are late and the country is presently held in a grip of drought again. As I write, I can only hope that December and January will give us enough water to sustain a good grass cover and fill the pans for many months to come.
Wishing you all a blessed Christmas and a joyous 2020.With warmest and sincere good wishes
Daphne and Werner