Boat Cruises (Okavango Delta)

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A motorboat cruises in the deeper channels and on the rivers and tributaries of the Delta is a highly enjoyable activity, with higher game viewing potential than mokoro excursions and a more tranquil feel then game drives. Most of the Delta camps can offer these, particularly in the wetter concessions and during high water months. Late afternoon cruises can be particularly enjoyable, as you watch the sun set beautifully over the waters with a drink in hand before perhaps making your way back to camp via a night drive.

Many camps now have impressive double decker boats, on which you can clamber up to the top deck to widen the views and feel the wind a little stronger in your hair, but the more traditional one-storey crafts are still effective in searching out the best wildlife and scenery spots. Animal encounters will always involve hippo, and you will almost certainly see crocodiles basking in the sun, water based antelope running through the shallower waters, and elephant and buffalo arriving to drink. The varied birdlife sightings from the water are extremely impressive, and it is not unheard of to see predators on the riverbank from a boat, although these are generally scared off by the engine noise. At its best, a serene and slow cruise through the expansive waters is a Delta experience not to be missed.

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