The second part of our journey through the Okavango Delta took us into the heart of the floodplains and the well known Jao Concession. For me, no visit to the Delta is complete without having experienced the flooded waterways and remote channels and that is why I chose to include 2 night at Pelo Camp.
This concession is 60 000 hectares (150 000 acres) in extent and lies in the north-western area of the Okavango Delta, situated below the Okavango Panhandle.
Beautiful lush palm islands dot the water and after 30 minute boat cruise to the remote island on which the camp is situated, it was clear that birding was going to be the focus for this part of our safari.
Reports of a pair of Pel’s Fishing Owls in Camp had peaked the interest of a number of the guests already and we were eager to see if we could catch a glimpse of these shy and illusive creatures.
Over the course of our 2 night stay we were fortunate enough to see both the chick and adults on a number of ocassions on foot, from a boat and even from Mokoro.
Its amazing to explore the Okavango Delta eco-system by boat and Mekoro. The slow pace allows one to stop and appreciate the smaller details like the variety of lillies and water plants which grow beneath the surface of the crystal clear waters.
We also enjoyed a sighting of an elephant bull who had crossed a channel to get to a remote island.
Other sightings included Cape Clawless Otters, Tiger Fish, Water Monitors, Vervet Monkey and Red Lechwe.
Birds were undoubtedly the most abundant and diverse of the photographic subjects and photographing them form a boat made for some interesting and unique angles.
A highlight of this portion of the trip had to have been the afternoon Mekoro excursion. There is something very special about gliding effortlessly and silently along hidden channels and pathways in the delta.
The smooth motion of the Mekoro’s was interrupted only by the occasional stop to photograph some of the incredible reed frogs for which the delta is so well known.
2 Nights at Pelo was the perfect way to experience the Okavango Delta eco-0system in its entirety and, with another 4 nights at Little Vumbura next on the cards, raised expectations amongst the group even more!
The final chapter of my trip report will cover the last 4 nights at Little Vumbura where our sightings included leopard, lion, wild dogs and more!
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