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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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.