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Okavango Delta

Mokoro safari in the Okavango Mokoro safari in the Okavango
Male lion wading  through the Delta waters Male lion wading through the Delta waters
Okavango elephants in Moremi Okavango elephants in Moremi
A journey of Giraffe A journey of Giraffe
Its often the smaller things that are the most beautiful Its often the smaller things that are the most beautiful
Face on with a charging elephant Face on with a charging elephant
Territorial clash Territorial clash
Lion meets tortoise Lion meets tortoise
Close up lion encounter on safari Close up lion encounter on safari
Look deep into my eye.... Look deep into my eye....

Greatest Wildlife Sanctuary on Earth

The Okavango Delta is one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries on Earth. Its extraordinary range of habitats are home to great herd of antelopes, zebra, buffalo and elephants, hippos and crocs - who rule the waterways - and lions, leopards, cheetahs and all the other carnivores which prosper in this safari paradise.

Divided into the Greater Okavango Delta and the Moremi Game Reserve (which includes Chiefs Island), the Okavango is a unique ecosystem of papyrus-lined waterways, knee-deep floodplains, water-lily lagoons, shady forest glades and rich savannah grasslands and completely deserves its acquired reputation as Africa’s premier game viewing destination.

Activity highlights of the Okavango Delta include being poled in a mokoro (dugout canoe) through lagoons crammed with water lilies and hippos, tracking big game on foot, peaceful fishing excursions, exceptional wildlife watching, abundant birdlife and exquisite thatched lodges and tented camps– both land and water based – which are amongst the very best that the African Continent has to offer.

The Okavango Delta is one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries on Earth. Its extraordinary range of habitats are home to great herd of antelopes, zebra, buffalo and elephants, hippos and crocs - who rule the waterways - and lions, leopards, cheetahs and all the other carnivores which prosper in this safari paradise.

Divided into the Greater Okavango Delta and the Moremi Game Reserve (which includes Chiefs Island), the Okavango is a unique ecosystem of papyrus-lined waterways, knee-deep floodplains, water-lily lagoons, shady forest glades and rich savannah grasslands and completely deserves its acquired reputation as Africa’s premier game viewing destination.

Activity highlights of the Okavango Delta include being poled in a mokoro (dugout canoe) through lagoons crammed with water lilies and hippos, tracking big game on foot, peaceful fishing excursions, exceptional wildlife watching, abundant birdlife and exquisite thatched lodges and tented camps– both land and water based – which are amongst the very best that the African Continent has to offer.

November to March is the hot rainy season and the roads can be quite bad. The advantage of this time of year is that most of the animals give birth, providing a wonderful game watching experience. The landscape is lush and green and there is an abundance of wild flowers.

April to October is the dry season and the drier it becomes the easier it is to spot animals close to permanent water holes. At this time much of the Okavango dries out, apart from permanent rivers in Moremi Game Reserve and the northern reaches of the Okavango. The heat starts to build in earnest from October onwards.

The Okavango does not really cater for the 'Budget Traveller' - this is deliberate policy on the part of the Botswana Government. They are anxious to avoid the mass tourism that has been allowed to spoil other areas of Africa, but also to protect the fragile eco-system that is the Okavango Delta. The result of the careful nurturing of the area as a prime destination is seen in the everyday reality of any safari stay here - largely untouched areas of land, huge quantities of game and the guarantee that you will barely see another soul as you head out on the wide variety of game viewing activities available.

Our Safari & Travel Experts have explored the deepest regions of the Okavango Delta searching for the ultimate in luxury accommodation and unbeatable safari experiences. Enquire with any one of them for detailed help and advice on planning and booking your Okavango Delta safari.

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Our Favourite Okavango Delta Lodges

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Chiefs Camp »

Chief's Camp is situated on Chief's Island in the exclusive Mombo Concession. In this "predator capital of Africa" guests enjoy exceptional game viewing. 12 secluded, luxury rooms are designed for ultimate privacy and comfort and offer a front row seat to an African adventure.

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Shinde »

Shinde is nestled on a lush island in the heart of the northern Okavango Delta. One of the original sites in the Delta, this luxury tented camp is the ultimate safari destination and is well renowned for its excellent combination of water and land based game viewing.

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Khwai River Lodge »

Built overlooking the vast Khwai River floodplains and beyond into the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Khwai River Lodge is renowned for its large concentrations of mammals and it is not unusual to see many different types of wildlife from the comfort of your own private deck.

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Baines Camp »

Set in the heart of the Okavango Delta, this intimate camp features 5 luxury suites set on elevated platforms. The beds are fully mobile, giving you the choice of sleep under the stars. Activities include game drives, bush walks, mokoro rides and elephant interaction.

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Highlights

Mokoro (canoe) Safaris »

Mokoro ride under a breathtaking blue sky

The highlight of any Okavango Delta trip, the mokoro safari is the ultimate way of experiencing this region’s huge diversity of wildlife. Mokoros, large dug-out canoes, offer an entirely different game viewing experience. Their silent nature allows you to get right next to the animals! It’s hard to explain the sheer rush of excitement that one feels when your mokoro is brought to a standstill by your expert guide, merely a few metres away from a huge bull elephant drinking from the river bank. Not always for the faint hearted, the mokoro experience is an absolute must on the wildlife enthusiasts checklist!

Land or Water? »

River reflections (Dana Allen)

The Okavango Delta offers up seemingly endless possibilities. Out among the winding waterways, the islands, the floodplains and grasslands the question of land or water? becomes crucial to determining your safari experience. Maybe it s combination of both the land based and the water based lodges - gliding silently through the mirrored waterways in your mokoro one day, and exploring the bush by open-top 4x4 the next. Our exclusive handpicked luxury safari lodges offer you all the choices, and our Travel Experts can advise you on how best to combine the lodges when you Enquire.

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Classic Okavango Delta Lodges & Safaris

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Eagle Island Camp »

Hidden from the world, deep within the Delta, is the paradise called Eagle Island Camp. Situated on the island of Xaxaba and surrounded by palms, the camp overlooks a lagoon fed by tranquil waterways. This tented camp is set raised on wooden platforms, offering great views.

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Xakanaxa Camp »

Xakanaxa Camp is one of the pioneer safari camps in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Its prime location on the banks of the Khwai River on the Xakanaxa Lagoon ensures that it is one of the only camps which offers guests a year round Okavango Delta land and water safari experience.

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Camp Okuti »

Within the Moremi Game Reserve lies Camp Okuti. Accommodating guests in spacious safari-style thatched chalets, the camp offers a fantastic Delta experience with views over the Maunchira River. Enjoy game drives, powerboat excursions and plenty bird watching opportunities.

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Vumbura Plains »

Vumbura Plains is situated in a private concession in the extreme north of the Delta. Vumbura Plains exceeds all expectations- the region’s diverse range of habitats ensure a fantastic year round game viewing experience from the comfort of this stylish and elegant camp.

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Delta and the Beach »

Botswana is arguably Africa’s prime game viewing destination. This trip takes you to two areas of Botswana, Chobe and the Okavango Delta ensuring you have a memorable safari experience. Combine this with a week on the beach in Mauritius and you have a perfect itinerary.

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Unique Wildlife Explorer »

This journey takes you from the heart of the lush Okavango Delta to the arid Salt Pans of the Makgadigadi in the Kalahari. The journey is ideal for those looking to get a real taste of Botswana and the traveler looking to leave the well beaten tourist track far behind.

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Falls and Safari Getaway »

This exciting itinerary takes in three of Southern Africa’s major tourist highlights, namely Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta. This is a perfect combination of relaxation, activity and phenomenal game viewing, staying in rustic, intimate luxury.

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Botswana Encounter »

This itinerary offers a genuine taste of Botswana taking in three different regions –Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and the Savuti Area. The variety of activities and experiences, not to mention landscapes and scenery, is truly outstanding on this three-centre trip.

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