A new paddleboard safari in Botswana’s Okavango Delta

A back-to-basics take on the wilderness accompanied by local guides

The view from a helicopter ride over the Okavango Delta flood plains, Botswana
The view from a helicopter ride over the Okavango Delta flood plains, Botswana | Image: Black Tomato

Botswana’s Okavango Delta is a nexus of that country’s much praised high-value, low-impact conservation model, manifesting across its viridescent reaches in the form of some of southern Africa’s most luxuriously appointed (and eye-wateringly pricey) camps and lodges. It’s refreshing, then, to see a back-to-basics take on the wilderness proposed by Black Tomato (www.blacktomato.com): after a swoop over the flood plains in a helicopter and sundowners on a deserted island, guests will embark on a three-day paddleboard “safari”, accompanied by guides from the local Bayei community concession – who travel in traditional mokoro dugouts – and pitching up at fly camps along the way. It’s the ideal vantage point for intimate appreciation of the delta’s smaller wildlife attractions, from fish shoals in the crystal-clear channel waters to purple-breasted rollers in the skies above. Prices start at £5,389 per person for two sharing a tent.

Advertisement

See also

Advertisement
Loading