DestinationsSouthern AfricaBotswanaOkavango Delta
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.

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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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Fast Facts

As the world’s largest inland delta, the Okavango covers over 15,000 square km’s (5700 sq miles) of lush verdant wetland. This unique area contains an incredible 95% of all surface water in Botswana and is one of Africa’s prime safari destinations.

Insider Information
  • The Okavango Delta is the worlds largest inland delta and a ‘must see’.
  • Make sure you experience a mokoro ride (dugout canoe) across the lagoons- get up close to the game!
  • Don’t miss a game viewing flight over the floodplains of the Delta- an incredible experience.

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When To Travel
  • The Okavango is described as a year round safari destination, as there are varying activities offered all year.
  • August to November is generally considered to be the best time to visit the Okavango Delta Region.
  • The Okavango has a long dry winter from May-October with little or no rainfall.

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