Tina Kennedy spent a few days in the Okavango Delta – from a thrilling helicopter flight to walking with elephants and tracking lions, she cherry-picks her most outstanding moments.
Helicopter Horizons – Experiencing the Okavango from the air is so worth it – especially in a helicopter! Flying at low altitudes, one really understands the nature of the Delta with all its waterways and islands… never mind the game viewing from the air in areas inaccessible by road. And of course it is a huge thrill just being in a helicopter – it’s smooth, feels like there is less between you and “out there” when compared to a fixed wing aircraft, and having headsets to chat to the pilot adds to the experience! Find out more about Helicopter Horizons here.
Vumbura Plains Camp – After some impressive tracking, we had an awesome sighting of a lioness and her four sub-adult male cubs. When we found them, they were doing what lions do best… sleeping. Then, as the skies darkened and the wind picked up, the small pride woke up and groomed each other before disappearing into the long grass. After sharpening their claws on a tree, it was off on the hunt… while we headed back to camp surrounded by lightning and thunder as the storm arrived! Watch the video here.
Abu Camp – Walking with the elephants is a truly humbling, and often entertaining, experience. Forming part of the herd, we humans walked behind Cathy, the matriarch, followed by the other elephants and their handlers. Every now and then we had to give way as young Warona, determined not be left behind, came barrelling up the track! Offering luxury, great service and flexibility, this is the ideal spot to unwind at the end of an itinerary...
By Tina Kennedy