Find Inspiration for your African Adventure to the Okavango Delta.
The Okavango River, one of the 7 natural wonders of Africa, flows from Angola to Botswana, spreading like a fertile hand across the arid Kalahari Desert and delivering vital water to the dry sands. Its delta creates one of the most spectacular wildlife viewing regions in Africa, an oasis in the desert where streams, lagoons and palm islands create many contrasting habitats that support a variety of animal life.
The landlocked delta appears every year after the summer rains from the Angolan highlands flood an area of 15,000 square kilometres between fault lines and the hills that rise in the east; it’s only when you fly over the delta from the gateway town of Maun that the enormity of the oasis becomes apparent. Although the flooding that inspires so many photographs is seasonal, many of the river channels are accessible by riverboat or mokoro all year-round. Okavango Delta holidays are at their most visually stunning during the dry season when the experiences on offer enhance safari activities with a variety of ways to enjoy game drives.
Activities in the Okavango Delta
One of the best ways to enjoy Okavango Delta holidays is by mokoro. These traditional wooden dug-out canoes are like the gondolas of the delta, poled along by an African gondolier through the reed beds and water lilies of the crystal-clear channels. Gliding effortlessly through the delta there’s no traffic or engine noise to contend with, so you can enjoy the serene silence and spot frogs and birds, and occasionally larger animals coming down to the water’s edge.
Keen anglers will enjoy watching the barbel run, as shoals of barbel and tiger fish pour into the delta. Spotting the resident wildlife can be done in several ways, from a quiet mokoro, or on board a larger motorised vessel for the best views across the wetlands. Those who prefer four legs to four wheels (or fancy a change from the waters) can try horse riding for an ideal way to get up close to the animal population. One of the most relaxed ways to view the elephants, buffalo and birds is on board a sunset cruiser, watching the sun sink below the watery horizon with a glass of something refreshing in hand; Botswana’s sunsets truly are some of the finest in the world.
- Sundowner cruises in luxury custom built boats
- Opportunity to do night drives and walks
- with the biggest population of elephants in Chobe but also here at the elephant trust at Stanley's
- Spend a night under the stars in the wilderness
This reserve is well known for its superb year-round game viewing, including big cats. The lodge offers game drives as well as motor-boat safaris, and the area is also a birdwatcher’s paradise with regular sightings of heron and storks in the breeding season. If you're looking for wildlife during your premier Botswana holiday, then Okuti camp is for you. The camp was refurbished in 2014, and ...
With a design inspired by the beautiful water lily, &Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp is the definition of relaxation and wellness. All nine tented suites have their own plunge pools, indoor and outdoor showers and air-conditioning. The lodge is set in 670,000 acres of private concession land within the Okavango Delta, allowing for walking activities as well as horseback safari excursions. Bird-...
The lodge’s rebuild has brought contemporary amenities and luxuries alongside sensitive construction that reflects the stunning natural surroundings. The Delta is one of the world’s largest inland waterways, an oasis of life in the Kalahari Desert. As you can well imagine, the heli-tour of the delta from the camp is an awe-inspiring experience that offers the opportunity for fantastic photographs...
The camp’s atmosphere is intimate and cosy, with eight uniquely designed canvas safari tents. Each tent is furnished with local antiques and boasts a private deck area for guests to relax and enjoy the amazing scenery. The main camp area has a large lounge and bar which have incredible views over the floodplains of the Okavango Delta. Guests can also enjoy the small library or cool down in th...
On its own private concession, Khwai River Lodge, A Belmond Safari, Botswana borders the Moremi Game Reserve, affording guests the opportunity to take part in night drives as well as guided safari walks. The Moremi Game Reserve and the floodplains around the Khwai River are famed for having excellent wildlife viewing year-round, and the Lodge can also arrange water and 4x4 game drives, depending...
Situated on its own 22,500-hectare private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve, this newly re-built eco-friendly lodge offers more than just an amazing game experience. Staying here you will instantly see why this lodge has won awards for its design, made from local eco-friendly material and inspired by the rare pangolin. Each of the 12 suites boast all the luxury amenities that you wo...
Shinde Camp is built on a private concession on an island within the Okavango Delta. The camp’s prime location affords guests plenty of options for ways to explore the local area, including 4x4 game drives, motor-boat trips and mokoro (dugout canoe) excursions. Exploring the area around the camp makes for unforgettable experiences; meander along the waterways watching for smaller creatures like ...
- Chobe National Park has the highest population of elephants in Africa
- Wildlife-rich reserve ideal for spotting the 'Big Five'
- Discover the waterways of the pristine Okavango Delta in a traditional Mokoro canoe
- Visit the highlights of Cape Town, Table Mountain, Cape Point, Robben Island and the winelands
- Take a guided walk to view the falls or chose to see them by helicopter either way its an amazing sight
- Stay in the Okavango Delta for some prime wildlife viewing
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