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The amazing wildlife diversity makes the Okavango Delta in Botswana another top safari destination

One of the most popular safari destinations in Botswana, the Okavango Delta is a vast oasis atop the sands of the Kalahari Desert. Its palm islands, lagoons and grass floodplains are home to a huge amount of wildlife including lions, elephants, buffalos, hippos, leopards and over 450 species of birds. The wetlands are present all year-round, which means there is always a thriving population of wildlife waiting for you to spot during your Okavango Delta safari holiday. From June to August the water levels are high, providing the best opportunities for boat and canoe safaris. From September to October, the climate is hot and dry and particularly good for game viewing, as thirsty animals congregate around the banks of the river.

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This luxurious camp is Sanctuary's smallest and most intimate camp set in a grove of trees.
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Belmond Khwai River Lodge is superbly situated in the Khwai Concession, overlooking the vast Khwai River floodplains across to the Moremi Game Reserve.
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An elegant, elevated thatch and timber structure which peers out beneath giant ebony trees across the Xakanaxa area of the Moremi Game Reserve. The area is a wildlife haven with incredible game viewing opportunities year round.
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Little Vumbura is situated on a beautiful island in a private concession in the northern reaches of the Okavango Delta.
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A classic tented camp located on a private concession in the Okavango Delta, Sanctuary Stanley's Camp offers a varied game viewing experience as well as a unique Living with Elephants activity, where you can explore Africa from an elephant's perspect...
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Eagle Island Camp overlooks a lagoon fed by the tranquil waterways of the Okavanga Delta and is surrounded by llala Palms in a superbly pristine natural location.
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A beautifully designed lodge nestling among towering ebony, acacias and sausage trees, offering excellent water activities.
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Built along the tree line overlooking a lagoon, the whole camp is raised off the ground to take advantage of the view.
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Kwara Camp is situated in the 175,000 hectare Kwara conservancy. The conservancy shares a border with the Moremi Game Reserve and animals are free to move between the two.
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Remote and exclusive, this tented camp sits on an island in the heart of the Okavango Delta. The peaceful, lovely surroundings and welcoming hosts aim to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
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Situated in the Kwando, a huge private reserve covering 2,300 km. Most of its western side is dense mopane forest, but along the Kwando River is a band of lush riverine forest, interspersed with open plains.
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Situated within the Kwara private reserve which shares a common boundary with Moremi Game Reserve. The camp has a picturesque setting overlooking the permanent waters of the Okavango Delta.
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Machaba is the local Setswana name for the sycamore fig tree, 'the tree of life'. The tree is plentiful in the Okavango Delta as well as most African riverine forests.
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Motswiri is a small and personal camp, stylishly and comfortably rebuilt in 2010. It meets the latest, exacting environmental standards and is largely solar powered.
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Xakanaxa (pronounced ka-ka-na-ka) is one of Botswana's first safari camps, and the owners have gone to extraordinary lengths to preserve its original character, whilst providing guests with every comfort.
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A rustic experience in a superb setting, once visited by Prince Charles. Offering excellent water-based activities in an incredibly tranquil and peaceful environment.
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Built on a palm fringed island surrounded by the Moremi's game-rich seasonal floodplains overlooking Chief's Island. Moremi Crossing is a new style safari camp combining luxury with simplicity, and 100% eco-friendly development featuring the latest i...
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This small camp is surrounded by swathes of grassland dotted by small islands of acacia trees in one of the most scenic areas in the Okavango.
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Designed in the style of the classic tented safari camp of days gone by, with open-air bucket showers, hand crafted furnishings and classic styling, it aims to rekindle the atmosphere of the luxury mobile safari camp.
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This intimate safari camp is nestled on a small island close to the south-western edge of the Delta along the Boro River overlooking Chief's Island.
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Oddballs Camp is an exciting, affordable Okavango Delta experience particularly suited to those seeking adventure or an escape from it all.
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This small, intimate hideaway with spectacular views over the floodplain offers arguably the purest traditional Okavango Delta experience.

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Located in northwest Botswana, the Okavango Delta comprises a 6,000km2 area of swampy marshland and 12,000km2 of grassy plains. It is one of the few delta systems that do not flow into a sea or ocean; instead water is evaporated. Its wetland system makes Okavango Delta a leading safari destination in Botswana – supporting a wide range of animal life, including many endangered mammal species such as the Cape wild dog, the cheetah and the white rhinoceros.

Chief’s Island is the largest island in the Delta, formed by a fault line that pushed up an area over 70km long. Historically, the island was used as a private hunting area for the local chief. It’s now part of the Moremi Game Reserve and boasts a high concentration of wildlife.

 

Archaeological evidence discovered in the Okavango Delta has shown that local tribes have inhabited the area for over 100,000 years. Today, local villages make a living through agricultural practices and tourism.

In 2013, the Okavango Delta was declared as one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders and in 2014 it was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These two distinguished awards have propelled the Delta to extreme popularity, attracting visitors from all corners of the world to experience the premier safari destination in Botswana.

The wildlife in the Okavango Delta is incredibly varied, comprising of mammals, birds and fish. The Big Five – elephants, rhinoceros, buffalo, lions and leopards – can be spotted here, as well as hyenas, zebras, giraffes and African wild dogs. There are also over 450 species of bird living in the Delta. The African fish eagle and Pel’s fishing owl are expert predators that feed on some of the 89 fish species, such as tigerfish, tilapia and catfish residing in the Okavango River and surrounding swampland. Other birds include the crested crane, sacred ibis and lilac-breasted roller.

The Wings Over the Delta is a popular itinerary to enjoy an Okavango Delta safari holiday where you will fly into the Delta on a light aircraft and go on multiple game drives. A definite highlight of the trip is venturing into the Moremi Wildlife Reserve which is renowned for frequent sightings of lions, leopards and cheetahs. At Somak, we can customise this trip to meet your exact requirements too.

A great alternative for epic wildlife spotting is joining the eight-night Botswana Focus tour where you will visit the legendary Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park, before spending four days enjoying a fun-filled Okavango Delta safari with our local guides.

The Okavango Delta offers exciting safari holidays all year round. Whenever you go, there will be an abundance of wildlife to spot.

Dry season – May to October

During the dry season, the Okavango is, paradoxically, flooded. Because the waters are so high you’ll have the best opportunity to see wildlife during a boat safari. Animals will congregate around water sources, allowing you to take epic safari photos from the safety of a boat.

The dry season is also the peak season. This means that accommodation may be more expensive than in the wet season. However, the Okavango Delta rarely gets crowded so you’ll always be able to grab a bed at a lodge. The evenings and early mornings will be cold at this time of year, so be prepared and pack warm clothing.

Wet season – November to April

There is still a lot to see during the wet season, especially migratory birds and newborn animals. As an added bonus, accommodation rates are lower at this time, allowing you to grab a bargain! Bear in mind, though, January and February are the wettest months, while October and November are the hottest.

One of the best ways to see the nature in the Okavango Delta is on a boat safari. Traversing the river on a boat, with our expert guides, will give you the best animal viewing experience and will allow you to learn more about the local wildlife. To add a traditional twist to your safari, head out on the river in a traditional canoe called a mokoro.

The popular Wings Over the Delta itinerary sees you enjoy an Okavango Delta safari holiday where you will fly into the Delta on a light aircraft and go on multiple game drives – including game activities on mokoro. The trip also includes adventures into the Moremi Wildlife Reserve which is renowned for frequent sightings of lions, leopards and cheetahs.

Catch-and-release fishing is a popular past time in the Delta. With fish reaching over a metre in length, hooking one of these beasts can be an incredibly thrilling experience. Just remember to release your catch back into the water once you’ve caught him.

Local villages near the Okavango Delta are well worth a visit as they add a great cultural element to your safari. Once there, you can learn about how the local people interact with nature and observe their unique way of life.

Top Itineraries

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Wings Over Botswana

6 Nights

This safari starts at Victoria Falls and ends at Maun airport. It departs on any day of the week and can easily be amended to your exact requirements.

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Wings Over The Delta

4 Nights

This safari showcases the very best of the Okavango Delta and is available on any day of the week. We have suggested that you visit two separate lodges in the Delta, as the experiences and game opportunities offered are different.

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Botswana Focus

8 Nights

This superb eight-night safari will enchant and delight you. Visit Victoria Falls, where along with the spectacular Falls, there is a host of activities for all to enjoy.

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