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Okavango Delta

Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is a unique wetland area in the northern part of Botswana, and contains 95% of all of Botswana's surface water.

The Okavango Delta

Waterways, mokoro adventures and superb game viewing

The Okavango Delta is a unique wetland area in the northern part of Botswana, and contains 95% of all Botswana's surface water. 

Fed by the Okavango River, the river starts its journey from its source in the Angolan highlands over a thousand kilometres away, flowing down through the Caprivi Strip and the Popa Falls in Namibia, and finally spreading itself throughout the waterways and channels of the Delta, before dispersing into the dryness of the surrounding desert areas. 

The Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to a massive concentration of animals and birdlife. Thousands of elephant and buffalo roam the area, often in large herds, while several thousands hippos navigate their way through the existing channels, or create new ones.

There is an abundance of antelope, including the shy sitatunga, creeping through the thickets. Such a mass of herbivores encourages large numbers of predators - from big lion prides and noisy family packs of hyena, to the ever cunning crocodile.

Cheetah and wild dog are a common sight on the larger grasslands while leopard are often seen stalking through the dense bush or lazing on a riverine tree branch.

The Moremi Game Reserve covers nearly one-third of the eastern side of the Delta, and is widely considered to be one of the finest game reserves in Southern Africa. 

Covering an area of nearly 5,000 square kilometers, it is home to a variety of eco-systems, from mopane woodlands and acacia forest, to floodplains and lagoons, offering guests a unique 'wet and dry/land and water based' game viewing experience.  White rhinos have also been re-introduced in the reserve, making this the only area in the Delta where they can be seen.

Activities

There is a permanent network of rivers and channels winding through the Delta throughout the year, but the overall water level of the entire region depends on both the flood waters that come down from the Angolan highlands and the rainfall in Botswana too. 

The Okavango Delta experiences its highest water levels from May to September every year, and during these months, water based activities become the primary activity at most lodges. 

Exploring the waterways in a mokoro is one of the main and unique attractions of a safari in the Delta during this time. Traditionally hand-carved from an ebony or sausage tree log, these shallow canoes are perfect for gliding through the reeds and calm waters in search of wildlife. A 'poler' stands at one end of the canoe, and guides it silently through the channels, while up to 2 guests sit comfortably at the front and wait eagerly for the animals or birds to show themselves.

The water levels start to recede around late October and November, at which point water based activities are still available in some camps but primarily only at those located by the main water channels.  Activities then available from the other camps will include game drives in 4x4 vehicles, fishing and guided walks. 

Getting There

For most guests to this area, visiting the Delta will require a scheduled flight to Maun, where you will then be met and transferred to your lodge. Depending on the time of year and the lodge's location in the Delta, some lodges can be reached by road, with a journey time of anything from 2-4 hours in a 4x4 vehicle, but other lodges can only be reached by light aircraft. 

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Sango Safari Camp

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Chitabe Camp

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Duba Plains

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Jacana Camp

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Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

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Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp

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Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge

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Machaba Camp

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Xugana Island Lodge

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Banoka Bush Camp

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Baines' Camp

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Chief's Camp

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Stanley's Camp

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Camp Okavango

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Camp Moremi

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Camp Okuti

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Little Vumbura

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Kwara Camp

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Little Kwara

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Eagle Island Camp

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