Afrika Ecco Safaris
Delta boat cruise
Accessing the Okavango Delta campsite at Xaxaba in the high water season involves travelling there via a 3-4 hour boat cruise. The boat station is at Maun, located on the Thamalakane River, and departs for Xaxaba Island in the Delta.
Game viewing is abundant, and these cruises offer the opportunity to come up close to water loving large mammals, like hippo and elephant. Bird watching is supreme.
Mokoro is the name given to the traditional dug-out wooden canoe. All over Botswana, mekoros are known as the most intimate method by which to explore the Okavango Delta. Silently gliding through the narrow channels and shallower waters powered by the standing oarsmen.
This is an opportunity to delve deeper into the Okavango Delta and to get closer to the details of nature that create the bigger picture. Bird watching and game viewing from a mokoro is one of the best experiences in Botswana.
Walking safaris take guests on an on-foot excursion of the Okavango Delta. Pack comfortable walking shoes and lightweight clothing for this activity, and enjoy the peace and quiet of the surroundings.
Guides will conduct the walk and take guests into big game sightings safely and securely, while offering one of the most incredible experiences in Africa. Learn about tracks and signs of the bush, while investigating the area in close detail.
Chobe Riverfront boat cruise
Checking into a lodge in Kasane, guests will have time to refresh before being collected by a transfer driver and taken to the jetty on the Chobe River, only a short drive away. Perfectly timed with the sunset, guests will board the private motorboat, armed with a cooler box of refreshments, and enjoy a 2 hour cruise on the popular Chobe River.
Victoria Falls day trip
Guests can opt for a day trip to Victoria Falls, which take place from their lodge in Kasane. After breakfast, a transfer vehicle will take guests through the border into Zimbabwe and into the quaint town of Victoria Falls. Here, they can take a guided tour of the Falls and afterwards, enjoy lunch and a spot of shopping at the various curio shops before heading back over the border to Kasane and their lodge accommodation.
Itineraries that include Moremi Game Reserve, Central Kalahari and Makgadikgadi Pans revolve around twice daily game drives. When guests visit the Delta during the low water season, game drives also replace mokoro safaris.
These fantastic, game-rich areas offer superb photo opportunities while out on game drive. Guests will get close to big game and may bear witness to some exciting acts of the wild, such as predator-prey interaction, as well as the fascinating behaviour of large mammals.
Xaxaba Village Tours
Afrika Ecco's private campsite in the Okavango Delta is on the island of Xaxaba. Local guides reside there, and owner of Afrika Ecco grew up there. Guests are offered the opportunity to enjoy a guided tour of the village, which is a self-sufficient fishing and veggie-farming community of people, who live sustainably off the land.
Many of the children go to school in Maun, but the adults live in hand built mud and thatch huts with no animals except for the odd pet dog. This is the way people have been living in the Okavango Delta for many years. After the tour there is the opportunity for guests to purchase hand made arts and crafts from the local women before taking a mokoro back to the Afrika Ecco campsite.