The Okavango Delta

Setari Camp has been lovingly created on a magical palm island situated deep within the Okavango Delta, where a truly unique and unforgettable adventure awaits.


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I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy
— Ernest Hemingway

 
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The iconic Okavango Delta

Often referred to as the ‘jewel’ of the Kalahari, The Okavango Delta is situated deep within the Kalahari Basin. Swollen with floodwaters from the summer rains, the Okavango River travels from the Angolan highlands, crosses into Botswana from the Caprivi in Namibia, then later spills over the vast, fan-shaped Delta.

The extraordinary timing of the flood means that just as the water from Botswana’s summer rains disappear (April to May), so the floodwaters begin their journey – 1,300 kilometres of which is through Kalahari sands – revitalising a vast and remarkably diverse ecosystem of plant life and attracting large concentrations of wildlife. By the time the water reaches the town of Maun (June to July), at the Delta’s southern fringes, its volume is a fraction of what it was.

As little as two percent of the water reaches the Thamalakane River in Maun, over 95 percent lost to evaporation. The flow of the many rivers fringing from the Okavango River are determined by tectonic plates, embedded deep below the Kalahari sand.


Setari Camp - Where are we

In a nutshell:

  • Co-ordinates:  18 58 30.88 S  22 34 05.97 E

  • 35-minute light aircraft flight from Maun to Setari Airstrip

  • On a private concession called NG/24 of over 120,000 Acres

  • On an island which is known locally as Little Duba of only 1.2 km long and 700 mtrs wide

  • Surrounded by 7 lagoons

  • Year-round water

 
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