Paradise Pools

Okavango Delta

One of the prettiest corners of Moremi, the area known as Paradise Pools is as lovely as the name suggests. In the dry season, trails lead past forests of dead trees and among the perimeter of reed-filled swamps, while impala and other antelope species drink nervously at the receding shoreline of water holes. When we were last here, there were lion and leopard sightings in the area.

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1. Xakanaxa Lediba


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2. Fourth Bridge

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Quite a long, wooden crossing on the trail between Third Bridge and Xakanaxa.

3. Third Bridge

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4. First Bridge

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5. Second Bridge

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Not long before Mboma if you're coming from Maun. In fairly poor condition last time we visited.

6. Mboma Island

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7. Dombo Hippo Pools

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8. Moremi Game Reserve

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