Camping in the Wild in the Okavango Panhandle
Camping in the wild is a unique and thrilling experience. It's not a spontaneous adventure, rather, it's something you need to plan for and be prepared for. First, you'll check-in at the park's headquarters or border office and notify them of your arrival (plus pay any park fees and camping fees for the duration of your stay). Park staff will go over the park rules and tell you the general areas of where it's okay to set up camp. Depending on the season, you probably won't come across anyone else in the park. You'll be without cell service, so it's important to have a map and tell the park staff the general area you plan to be in. They can also advise about recent wildlife sightings. There is no bathroom, running water, or shelter here... it's truly just you, your tent and your vehicle in the wild. This is the ultimate way to connect with nature in Southern Africa.
By Marie Frei, AFAR Local Expert
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