Footsteps Across the Delta
Lodge style Take a walk on the wildside
Set firm foot on African land
Follow in the footsteps of elephants, lions, giraffes, wildebeests, hyenas, zebras, hippos and even more wildlife during a Okavango Delta walking safari at Footsteps Camp. Here, they believe Africa’s most beautiful locations should be explored on foot, discovering bustling bushlife along the way. Walking with a small group makes you feel like it is just you and the animals – and that is quite close to the truth. With only room for six guests in the camp, the Okavango Delta safari experience couldn’t be more personal. The staff at Footsteps Camp felt no need to add stuffy and elaborate luxury to the already stunning surroundings: the private camp is comfortable, with simple yet functional tents in the middle of Africa’s most untamed regions. If you are looking for a classic safari ‘under canvas’, this is the place - with nice comfy touches such as homemade scones from a charcoal oven, a warm, morning bath poured by the staff (accompanied by a cheerful ‘good morning’), and fresh vegetables prepared on open fire, eaten under star-studded skies.
Set up under shady trees there are three specially designed, twin-bedded Meru tents (large, rectangle tents with an opening at the front). Basic and at the same time furnished with everything you need: soft beds, lanterns, a private bush porch, bucket shower and a ‘bush’ toilet (don’t worry: it is porcelain) attached to the back. The main area is an open sided canvas tent set up to enjoy evening drinks around the campfire with your bare feet in the soft Kalahari sand. Have dinner around the campfire or inside the tent, overlooking Okavango Delta waters. And while you enjoy meals from the bush kitchen, residential elephant Oscar might peak around the corner to catch a glimpse of your meal. Fall asleep at night with the sound of hippos grazing on the bank of the lagoon, and wake up with fresh animal tracks outside your tent. This is being close to nature around the clock.
Activities at Footsteps Across the Delta Camp
Since walking will be the highlight of your Okavango Delta safari, tracking fresh spoor each morning - revealing the night’s animal activity - is the first, outmost important, task for the guides. Drinking coffee comes in humble second place. Before you start your guided walks (minimum walking age 16 years), an itinerary is tailored to the group with which you are traveling. You will find that long bush walk can be very relaxing, or even an almost meditative experience. Every step of the way, you will be amazed by the astonishing contrasts created when the mighty Okavango River flows into the arid Kalahari Desert – resulting in a great variety of habitats, swamps, dry fields and even palm islands. Needless to say, this entire bush offers an unparalleled wealth of animal diversity. Explore this environment like the first African explorers did, by foot, and - depending on water levels - by Mokoro (a traditional canoe). Fishing trips are seasonally offered as well (May to mid-November), so you might find yourself cooking your own fish on an open fire.
Tripadvisor comments Footsteps Across the Delta
Our family stayed three wonderful nights at footsteps. We were blown away by the simplistic yet well put together camp. The entire trip was well organized with a very structured schedule. Our guide OP was magnificent! He was so professional, knowledgable and very protective of our safety- he possess rather king like presence there. Such respect given to the animals. At the camp, Changu, the camp manager kept the very well oiled machine running smoothly. The meals were so delicious considering the limited resources they had. The tents were very clean and we were treated like royalty. The game drives were amazing especially during sunset. The macoro and walk abouts were really special as well. The entire staff couldn't do enough for us. There is something very unique and special about this place that is difficult to put into words- well worth the money. I found myself very emotional leaving the wonderful staff and left feeling overwhelmed by the experience. Thank you for giving us the trip if a life time. This experience will come highly recommended by our family.Sablabous
Footsteps Camp is the most amazing place, set in a heart stoppingly beautiful location with the most caring and attentive staff and informative guides this is the place to visit to really see the Delta. Exploring their private concession on foot, watching the wildlife and experiencing the thrill of being so close to the animals is something we will never forget. The accomodation may be described as basic with no running water but the tents are really clean and comfortable (no creepy crawlies seen!) and the bush showers were great fun. Each tent has a flush loo "en suite" and washing hot water is provided all the time. You want for nothing! Food was incredible and service and attention to detail was wonderful. We were there as part of a group of seven so had the whole camp to ourselves - perfect! We were there for Botswana's Independence Day celebrations which we were proud to watch in the camp and the special cake they baked for us all to share with all the staff was great! We were so sad to leave, and hope to return soon.shropslady from Shrewsbury, UK