The main attractions of the Okavango Panhandle, a narrow strip of swampland that extends for about 100km from Etsha 13 to the Namibian border, are birdwatching and fishing. In the panhandle, the waters spread across the valley on either side to form vast reed beds and papyrus-choked lagoons. You may see other wildlife, but don’t count on it, as it's more elusive and thinly spread.
As the rest of the delta grows more expensive, the Okavango Panhandle is booming as a result of local cooperatives that offer affordable accommodation and mokoro trips. Although it is arguably not the ‘real' delta, the panhandle is the main population centre in the region and it has permanent water year-round, which means it’s always possible to organise a mokoro trip.