The Okavango Delta is considered one of Nature’s greatest masterpieces. It offers visitors a glimpse into one of Africa’s most beautiful wildernesses. This vast, almost untouched freshwater delta is a World Heritage Site. It lies in the middle of Botswana’s the Kalahari Desert. Yet, it supports abundant wildlife in a stunning natural setting.
The Okavango Delta, which is protected in part by Moremi Game Reserve, and many private concessions, is home to a large number of plains games and unusual antelope such as puku, sitatunga, and red lechwe. It is home to many endangered bird species, including the Pel’s Fishing Owl, bee-eaters, and kingfishers.
Here are some more reasons why you should visit the Okavango Delta
Amazing Water Based Safaris
You won’t find anywhere else where you can experience the serene serenity of being pushed along in a traditional dugout boat. Birds like jacanas, herons, and elephants all pass by the lilies. Sitatunga antelope retreat into the reeds as soft grass grows. You can explore the unspoiled world’s most beautiful wetland by motorboat or mokoro, leaving behind your 4×4 game vehicle.
- Seasonal water levels will affect boating activities and mokoro rides.
- Keep an eye out for tiny painted Reed Frogs and stunning Dragonflies.
- Termite mounds and baobabs unusually high that escaped the floodwaters.
- This exclusive activity is only available to a limited number of guests.
One of Africa’s most exclusive accommodations
Botswana is home to some of the most stringent conservation rules on the continent. All lodges must be capable of being disassembled within 24 hours without leaving any trace. The accommodation is amazing and very creative, despite this. Many lodges, mostly made from timber, are built on stilts to withstand the changing water levels. This gives you stunning views of the Delta.
- Some camps only have three to four suites, making them private.
- 4-poster beds and outdoor bathtubs provide romance.
- Spend the night in a Sky Bed open to the stars for a unique experience.
- Fly by light aircraft to private airports in the Delta.
- Wildlife can roam freely through if there are no fenced areas.
Vast Private Concessions Available for Less Crowded Safaris
Many famous private concessions are available, including Jao Plains and Abu, Nxabega, Khwai, Kwando, Nxabega, and Khwai. These are only open to guests. You can expect low visitor numbers, few vehicles, and a relaxed approach to sightings. The camp is very well-spaced and offers some of the best game viewings in the most beautiful conditions in the world. If you are lucky, honey badgers and rare species such as sable or roan antelope may be found.
Night drives are allowed so that you can see lions and other nocturnal animals such as porcupines and genet.
- To get closer to the smaller faunas and flora, take guided nature walks
- Experienced guides will take you off-road to help you get closer to sightings or kills.
- One of the most popular destinations for leopards.
There are many activities for returning travelers and first-timers.
There is something for everyone in the Okavango Delta. The Okavango Delta offers something for everyone. The Okavango is ideal for multi-generational families because there is so much to see and do.
- Birding, boating, and nature walks, as well as game drives.
- Fishing, village visits, and hiding places for photography are all examples of catch-and-release.
- The first-timer will be treated to a relaxed introduction to Africa and great logistics.
- Safari lovers who return can travel to remote areas that are not often explored by others.
- Couples can enjoy an Okavango Delta safari vacation with stars and plunge pools
Combinable with other destinations
The Okavango Delta, despite its wild beauty, is easily accessible and can be combined well with other amazing African destinations. You can plan your ideal Botswana safari which can include a trip to:
- Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe, Zambia) is a great place to canoe and raft on river cruising adventures.
- To see Africa’s elephant paradise, visit Chobe National Park or Savuti in Botswana.
- Cape Town and Kruger National Park (South Africa), to see the Big 5 Safaris and stunning Winelands.