The Okavango is Botswana's crown jewel, and is one of Africa's premier safari hotspots. Here the Okavango River flows into the Kalahari Desert to form an inland delta that is host to incredible densities of both fauna and flora. There are a number of luxury camps in and around the Delta offering vehicle-based game viewing, walking safaris and the classic 'Mokoro' canoe safari, where the waters of the Delta are explored in local dugout canoes (made from hollowed-out tree trunks). The region offers one the opportunity to experience close encounters with Africa's quintessential large game species, try your hand at fishing for the infamous Tigerfish, or enjoy the remarkable birdlife found in this oasis. Although the majority of the camps in the region charge top dollar, the experience is worth it. For the more independent, self-drive camping safaris can be enjoyed in the Moremi Game Reserve- although bookings need to be made well in advance, as there are only a handful of camp sites.

Why we like it

Exploring the magical wetland wilderness on a traditional 'Mokoro' canoe; Fabulous birding; High game densities; African Wild Dog hotspot

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 15 000 sq km
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: Yes
Specialist Specie: African Wild Dog
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Maun

Accommodation in Okavango Delta

Abu Camp, Okavango

At Abu Camp you are invited to immerse yourself in the majestic world of the African elephant and to become part of the herd during your stay. By the time you leave you will feel a special, emotional connection to the herd which is nothing less than humbling and rewarding, while gaining an understanding of elephant conservation, the premise on…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Camp Okavango

Botswana’s magnificent Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta, is a maze of deep lagoons, large lakes and hidden, meandering channels. During the annual flood season the Delta covers a vast area of over 16 000 km² before shrinking to less than 9000 km² in the dry season. Trapped in a basin of parched Kalahari Desert sand, the freshwater oasis…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Chitabe Camp, Okavango

A classic Okavango game-viewing destination, Chitabe Camp is situated in a private concession area on an island in the south-east of the Delta. Playing host to a breathtaking mosaic of open floodplains, waterways, marshlands, dry acacia and mopane woodland, riverine forest and open grasslands, the area is famed for its incredible numbers and diversity of wildlife, in particular predators. The…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Okavango Delta

Botswana Highlights Tour

Botswana is one of Africa’s top wildlife and safari destinations. From the fascinating desert landscapes of the Kalahari, to the spectacular waterways of the Okavango, to the game-rich national parks, Botswana is the ultimate destination for the nature or safari enthusiast. On this safari tour, you will spend 16 days exploring this incredible country- a comprehensive, complete experience. You will…

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Duration: 16 days
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Botswana Self-drive Safaris

A self-drive safari through Botswana is an amazing experience. Botswana hosts some of Africa's finest safari destinations with some of the highest wildlife concentrations on earth. These range from the arid Tuli region and Kalahari desert to the water wonderlands of the Okavango Delta, Chobe River and Linyanti swamps. Mystical landscapes will touch the soul in the Makgadigadi Pans, and…

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Duration: 10-21 days
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Cape Town to Johannesburg via Victoria Falls

Take yourself on a roller-coaster adventure through the incredible nature and wildlife destinations of Southern Africa. This 24-day tour showcases the best that Africa has to offer. You will visit the stark, haunting desert landscapes of Namibia, marvel at the breathtaking beauty of the South African Cape, and have the chance to see the magnificent, iconic Victoria Falls. On this…

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Duration: 24 days
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.
Where

Lookout for

Sitatunga
Red Lechwe
Elephant
White Rhino
Hippo
Lion
Leopard
Cheetah
Spotted Hyena
African Wild Dog
Jackal
Buffalo
Giraffe
Kudu
Wildebeest
Zebra
Impala
Sable Antelope
Waterbuck
Warthog
Baboon
Crocodile

Key Species

MAMMALS
Lion
Leopard
African Wild Dog


BRIDS
Pel's Fishing Owl
African Fish Eagle
Wattled Crane
Saddle-billed Stork
African Jacana


REPTILES
Nile Crocodile
Water Monitor
African Rock Python


TREES
Ilala Palm
African Mangosteen
Jackleberry


HABITAT TYPES
Riverine
Wetland
Open Water
Savannah Woodland
Grassland


Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 9.5
Mammals: 9.5
Birds: 9.5
Reptiles: 9
Trees: 9
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