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Boating in the Delta:

The focus of the Delta is the life-giving waters which the annual floods bring from the Angolan highlands. There are two ways to enjoy the delta region on the water – by mokoro (dugout canoe) and by motor boat.

Seeing wildlife from the water is a nice alternative to (always) game viewing from a safari vehicle, and in the Delta you’re going to see a cross section of landscapes from narrow waterways, to larger rivers, to huge lagoons. Some areas will be papyrus-lined, others will have jackalberry and other large trees on the banks and then you‘ll go through a few places where savannah is on one side and dense vegetation on the other. It’s photogenic and relaxing, and of course if game comes down to the edge of the water you can get very close to them, for a different angle and hopefully some lovely photos.
Taking a motor boat trip is a very different experience from being in a mokoro. For most people it’s easier enjoy for longer as you’re not so restricted to sitting in one position all the time, you can get up and move and the seats are more comfortable. It’s closer to being on a safari drive, but just on the water!


The Okavango Delta, Botswana


There are some places in the delta where you can take boat safaris all year, but other places are confined to offering this activity in the dry season when the floodwater is high (May to October).

Where to stay to take boat safaris in the Delta:

There are a few Delta camps and lodges which can only offer boating seasonally (such as Moremi Crossing, Tubu Tree Lodge and Duba Plains), but many will do this all year (such as Baines Camp, Gunn’s Camp, Jacana, Kwara, Shinde, Pom Pom, Xakanaxa Camp and many more) as they are closer to more permanent and deeper waterways.

By Amanda Marks, director of Botswana Specialists.