Oscillating Okavango & its treasures

The watery tendrils of the Okavango Delta snake out, weaving a watery web filled to the brim with exciting game-viewing opportunities in this wildlife-rich pocket of biodiversity. Home to the Big 5 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Delta consists of endless floodplains, patches of higher ground, riverine woodland and forest, and the cloud-strewn Botswana sky reflecting in the still waters of the Delta below. 

Many of the safari activities in the Okavango centre around the water and travellers will find themselves exploring marshy waterways by boat and even traditional mokoro (a dugout canoe). Visitors aren’t only limited to the water, however, and they can explore higher ground in traditional game-viewing vehicles and on foot—or even take to the skies to get a bird’s-eye view of the passing game from the heights of a helicopter.

Marvel at the seasonal ebb and flow of mother nature as she inundates plains and grassland, supporting a myriad of wildlife from birds and large herds of elephant to numerous antelope species such as roan and sable. Predator sightings can include lion, leopard, spotted hyena, and the African wild dog. The Delta is an astounding safari destination due to its fascinating and ever-changing landscape, and the array of wildlife that it supports.

Highlights

  • It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa 
  • Numerous lodges, camps, and other accommodation can be found in the Delta 
  • The Okavango is the largest inland delta in the world
  • Supports a dizzying array of wildlife from large elephant herds to numerous predators such as lion and hyena 
  • Botswana’s Okavango Delta is an enormous tract of untamed wilderness—one of the last on the continent 
  • Best time to go:
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