Kwando Safaris in the Okavango Delta

Mon, Dec 10, 2018

The focus of my African trip was photography so naturally I was seeking a safari leader who shared my interest.  And I found that in Andy Biggs Photo Safaris.

Andy is well known in the travel photo community as he has led trips all over the world including Africa, India (tigers), Antartica, Brazil’s Pantanal and the list goes on.  So I knew that I’d be in good hands and Andy and PJ, his colleague did a great job.

Andy’s done this for a long time and prefers privacy for his clients.  Hence, he books camps in areas with lots of wildlife and few competing camps.  And this was the case for Kwando Safaris’ camps in the Okavango Delta.

We visited two of their camps for our trip and the first was Lagoon Camp just north of the delta.  It sits on the Kwando River (aka Cuando River) that is the border between Botswana and Namibia.

It was very comfortable with each guest having a cabin with hot showers and flush toilets.  Tent camping this was not although that’s how they’re described on their website.  Here’s my cabin with its thatched roof.

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Our next stop was the brand new Splash Camp in the heart of the Okavango Delta.  It opened earlier this summer and is awesome.  I don’t have pics of the cabins but see the link above to get a feel for how nice this place is.

Because of the abundance of fresh water at these camps, there’s a wide variety of animals that live in the area, basically everything that Africa is famous.

This includes lions so we have to be careful how we move around camp.  That means that we are not allowed out alone after dark.  So at 5 am each morning, one of the guides would meet us at our cabin and escort us to the main lodge for breakfast and they would also escort us back to our cabins after dinner.

Note that we are free to move around during daylight, that is if you have the courage 🙂

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