Wondering which parts of the Okavango Delta to include in your delta safari? Here’s why you need to put the south eastern region on your itinerary.
Bordering the Moremi Game Reserve and overlooking the Gomoti River and surrounding flood plains, the 67000-acre private concession in which the Rra Dinare (‘Father Buffalo’) and Mma Dinare (‘Mother Buffalo’) camps are located is a game-rich area offering guests the real safari experience with the creature comforts of luxury accommodation.
Guests seeking diverse wildlife, views, modes of transport and luxury accommodation can expect to experience all these in the south eastern region of the Okavango Delta. Don’t believe us? Then read on.
With the Gomoti River and its connecting water system feeding the floodplains along with the mopane woodlands scattering the land across the delta’s south eastern section, the Dinare concession is a haven for wildlife. As this particular area is usually flooded last, it has some of the closest dry-season watering points for the game that spreads out towards Nxai and Makgadikgadi Pans during the rains.
The combination of the river system and mopane woodlands attracts a diversity of game, including large predators and antelope breeds such as the roan, sable and eland, not common in other regions of the delta. As the Gomoti is the main water source in the area, cheetah and wild dog come down to the riverside to drink and there is always the chance for guests to witness predator-prey action.
For avid birders, the combination of the wetlands, riverine forest and the drier acacia and mopane woodlands provide the perfect habitat for a variety of aquatic bird species. Guests can expect to see open-billed storks, hammerkops, egrets, ibis as well as forest/savannah dwellers including raptors, shrikes, sunbirds and southern ground hornbills.
The landscape in the south eastern Okavango Delta makes for spectacular views, particularly with the classic flooding of the delta across the adjacent seasonal floodplains. Guests are immersed in the delta experience as complete 360-degree views of the surrounds are afforded in raised game vehicles. Short bush walks can be taken within close vicinity of the camps or longer walking safaris can be organised for the more adventurous.
Waking up with the sun is a remarkable moment as the rising sun throws fantastic shades of orange, pink and yellow across the sky. Then, after a day in the wilderness, guests can enjoy the sun setting whilst exchanging the day’s highlights over refreshing sundowners from the comfort of the camp.
Like many regions of the Okavango Delta, activities in its south eastern quarter are seasonal due to the rainy season floods only allowing movement across the plains and to the camps by water. Guests can encounter elephants and water birds whilst touring the verdant waterways on a mokoro – a dugout canoe based on the traditional Botswana design – or take a motorised boat safari past hippos wallowing in the Gomoti River.
During the dry season, game drives are available day and night, and for added adventure, guides can take the vehicles off-road so that guests can experience real bundu-bashing. As there is a maximum of six guests per vehicle, game drives are spacious and comfortable with great game-viewing opportunities provided for everyone.
The Dinare concession is accessed via an airstrip shared by both camps. Guests are taken in a small charter flight from Maun International Airport to the Santawani airstrip, which gives a good sense of the vastness and typical landscape of the delta. Thereafter, a 45-minute scenic game drive delivers guests to their choice of Dinare camp.
Modern canvas tents are used in both the Rra and Mma Dinare campsites so that they fit effortlessly into the natural surroundings whilst ensuring ultimate comfort to guests. Adequately spaced out, each suite is perched on a raised platform with an extended deck that provides added privacy and quiet.
All main areas of the campsites are raised above the floodplains to ensure amazing views of the Gomoti River floodplains and plains-game that wander past the camps. On a clear evening, drinks can be taken under the twinkling stars and dinner can enjoyed al fresco or in the indoor dining room on cooler nights.
A holiday is not complete without spending time relaxing. Guests are welcome to unwind from the privacy of their tents or in the communal living areas. Campsite facilities include indoor sitting rooms, lounges and a pool with reclining sunbeds.
South eastern Okavango Delta is an unmissable part of the complete Okavango Delta circuit. Along with the Dinare camps, guests are encouraged to visit Pom Pom Camp on the western side of the delta as well as Moremi Crossing and Gunn’s Camp in central delta.
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