We continue with the stories of trip to Botswana. This time, we tell you about the experience in the town of Maun, where we went riding through the Okavango Delta and later we fly over the delta by plane.
There are places that when mentioning them evoke great stories and intrepid explorers: Samarkand, Timbuktu, the Okavango Delta ... Well, after years of dreaming of visit the delta of the Okavango, finally we put our feet there and made one of our most desired traveler dreams come true.
You may be wondering: but what is special about the Okavango Delta? Well, if you look at the map of Botswana, you will see that it has neither sea nor ocean. I recognize that the first time I searched for this country on the globe, I was surprised to see that it had no way out to sea and, for a few seconds, I could not understand how there could be one of the most famous river deltas in the world in that country. And that is what makes this delta unique, because the Okavango River flows from Angola, where it is called the Cubando River, passes through the border with Namibia and flows into Botswana in the arid Kalahari desert, giving rise to world's largest inland delta. The best way to get a little idea of its magnificence is to fly it by plane. That was the activity we were going to do that afternoon and we had booked the yesterday in the Old Bridge Backpackers, but first, we had booked another activity for that morning: a horse ride.
The landscape is still curious, but monotonous
After breakfast the taxi driver was waiting for us to take us to the stables where the ride began. In Maun, only the main road is paved and the rest of the roads are on the track. As some sections are quite sandy, they can be a problem to drive if the car does not have four-wheel drive, especially in the rainy season. However, the most complicated thing is to find what you want to visit, since the roads are a bit labyrinthine and the indications shine for their absence. In spite of everything, we arrived at the place without problems.
Posing with the horse by the river
We like to ride a horse and whenever we can we take the opportunity to do it when we are traveling, as in the trip to Peru when we visit the Colca Canyon on horseback, which was an amazing experience. However, in Maun it was a little decaffeinated activity. The reason is that the stables were quite far from the river and when we got there we had to turn around because the excursion only lasted two hours. I guess we were also a little disappointed that the landscape was so drab all the time: sandy track roads, trees, some houses and little else.
Attentive to explanations before boarding
Upon reaching the river we saw fishermen and motorboats that directed visitors to the point from which the excursions in mokoro through the Okavango Delta, the activity we were going to do the next day. We were there for a few minutes and started our way back. Luckily, after the disappointment of the morning in the afternoon we expected the best of the trip.