The Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is the world’s largest inland delta, and it is within the world’s largest area of continuous sand, the Kalahari Basin. This huge desert oasis is a vastly rich yet fragile ecosystem which is home to a diverse range of African wildlife. It is the 1000th UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The whole area is affected by annual floods which originate in Angola. These floods arrive in about May, filling the narrow waterways and lagoons before gradually being soaked up by the floodplains and Kalahari sands over the next few months.

They are the lifeblood of the area, especially as the high floodwaters coincide with the Okavango’s dry season in terms of rainfall (roughly April to October).

At the heart of the Okavango Delta wetlands is Moremi Game Reserve, and surrounding this are many private reserves on which a variety of high quality lodges and camps are located. Only guests staying at these properties are allowed into these private concession areas, so you are assured an exclusive wildlife experience with no hint of mass tourism, and with a strong focus on conservation. Botswana believes in sustainable tourism.

In some parts of the Okavango Delta you are offered so-called ‘dry’ wildlife activities (such as walks or game drives), and elsewhere some camps only offer ‘wet’ activities, which usually means boat safaris, mokoro safaris, fishing, birdwatching and sometimes with walks too.

Some camps have both wet and dry activities, and properties on the edge of the Delta vary what they can offer depending on the season.
Most people want a combination of wet and dry activities whilst in the Delta.
The wildlife in the Delta is prolific and diverse.

There are some large herds of elephants, and buffalo, wildebeest and zebra are particularly prevalent in the dry season though can be seen all year. Impala and tsessebe are always around, and the rare sitatunga and lechwe antelopes love this watery wilderness. Sable and kudu are other elegant antelopes which can be seen here. As for predators, lions, wild dogs and cheetahs can be seen hunting in the savannah grasslands and leopards might be elusive but they are here too. As you might imagine for such as oasis, the Okavango Delta is a haven for birdlife.

Migrants birds return to Botswana from about September to November, and general birding is particularly good in the rainy summer months of November to March, when the landscape is lush, the weather dramatic and the birthing season for plains game brings a lot of action.

Okavango Delta safari holidays

Below you will find some Okavango Delta itineraries that we’ve put together as recommended suggestions. You might find one of these is perfect for your needs as we’ve put a lot of thought into including some wonderful experiences in each of these safaris, and we really love what they offer. However, if none of these quite fit the bill for you, do call us and let us know what you’d like. We ready to help you plan your perfect Botswana safari holiday..

Three Rivers Safari

Prices from £2,375 pp for 7 days
(exc. flights)

The trip captures the essence of Botswana; the Okavango Delta and Chobe plus the mighty Victoria Falls.

Delta, Chobe & Victoria Falls

Prices from £4,440 pp for 9 days
(exc. flights)

This safari adventure includes natural wonders, plentiful wildlife and a variety of activities.

Ride Botswana

Prices from £4,885 pp for 9 days
(exc. flights)

A riding adventure through the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and a wildlife safari in the Okavango Delta, a special safari experience indeed!

Ultimate Botswana & Falls

Prices from £9,780 pp for 9 days
(exc. flights)

Enjoy game viewing by land, air and water in some of Botswana’s best parks and most luxurious camps.

Falling for Wild Dogs

Prices from £3,360 pp for 9 days
(exc. flights)

The trip captures the essence of Botswana; the Okavango Delta and Linyanti plus the mighty Victoria Falls.

Glamping Safari in Botswana

Prices from £3,620 pp for 9 days
(exc. flights)

An exciting luxury group mobile safari showcasing Botswana’s varied scenery and wildlife.

Desert & Delta Safari

Prices from £4,745 pp for 11 days
(exc. flights)

This adventure covers the best bits of Botswana, staying in remote locations and lovely camps.

Five Rivers Safari

Prices from £4,345 pp for 9 days
(exc. flights)

The trip captures the essence of Botswana in the green season which offers a great time for a safari, with lush vegetation and vast herds of grazing animals.

Botswana Adventurer

Prices from £1,560 pp for 9 days
(exc. flights)

A safari to all the main parks without having to spend a fortune. Explore the wildness areas of Botswana in a small group.

Lion Safari

Prices from £2,465 pp for 16 days
(exc. flights)

A great value, semi-participation mobile safari adventure covering a number of Botswana’s highlights, and the Victoria Falls.

Botswana with Sanctuary Retreats

Prices from £5,070 pp for 7 days
(exc. flights)

Superb game viewing in the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park combined with top quality accommodation.

Places to Stay

The Okavango Delta has a host of different types and levels of accommodation, so there is something to suit all tastes and budgets.

Abu Camp

Abu Camp

Ultimate, Okavango Delta

Baines Camp

Baines Camp

Deluxe, Okavango Delta

Bushman Plains Camp

Bushman Plains Camp

Modest, Okavango Delta

Camp Moremi

Camp Moremi

Deluxe, Okavango Delta

Camp Okavango

Camp Okavango

Deluxe, Okavango Delta

Chitabe Main Camp

Chitabe Main Camp

Deluxe, Okavango Delta

Delta Camp

Delta Camp

Mid-range, Okavango Delta

Duba Explorers Camp

Duba Explorers Camp

Deluxe, Okavango Delta

Duba Plains

Duba Plains

Ultimate, Okavango Delta

Eagle Island Lodge

Eagle Island Lodge

Deluxe, Okavango Delta

Footsteps Across the Delta

Footsteps Across the Delta

Mid-range, Okavango Delta

Gomoti Plains Camp

Gomoti Plains Camp

Deluxe, Okavango Delta

Gomoti Tented Camp

Gomoti Tented Camp

Deluxe, Okavango Delta

Gunn’s Camp

Gunn’s Camp

Mid-range, Okavango Delta

Jacana Camp

Jacana Camp

Deluxe, Okavango Delta

Kadizora Camp

Kadizora Camp

Mid-range, Okavango Delta

Kanana Camp

Kanana Camp

Deluxe, Okavango Delta

Kwara Camp

Kwara Camp

Deluxe, Okavango Delta

Little Vumbura

Little Vumbura

Deluxe, Okavango Delta

Mapula Lodge

Mapula Lodge

Deluxe, Okavango Delta

Mma Dinare

Mma Dinare

Mid-range, Okavango Delta

Moremi Crossing

Moremi Crossing

Mid-range, Okavango Delta

Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp

Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp

Mid-range, Okavango Delta

Oddballs Camp

Oddballs Camp

Modest, Okavango Delta

Oddballs Enclave

Oddballs Enclave

Modest, Okavango Delta

Pelo Camp

Pelo Camp

Deluxe, Okavango Delta

Pom Pom Camp

Pom Pom Camp

Mid-range, Okavango Delta

Qorokwe Camp

Qorokwe Camp

Deluxe, Okavango Delta

Royal Tree Lodge

Royal Tree Lodge

Mid-range, Okavango Delta

Rra Dinare

Rra Dinare

Mid-range, Okavango Delta

Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

Ultimate, Okavango Delta

Seba Camp

Seba Camp

Deluxe, Okavango Delta

Setari Camp

Setari Camp

Deluxe, Okavango Delta

Splash Camp

Splash Camp

Deluxe, Okavango Delta

Stanley’s Camp

Stanley’s Camp

Deluxe, Okavango Delta

Tubu Tree Camp

Tubu Tree Camp

Deluxe, Okavango Delta

Vumbura Plains

Vumbura Plains

Deluxe, Okavango Delta

Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp

Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp

Deluxe, okavango Delta

Xugana Island Lodge

Xugana Island Lodge

Mid-range, Okavango Delta