The Okavango Delta

As the world's largest inland delta the Okavango offers a unique wildlife spectacle. Rain falling in the mountains of Angola reach the Delta in May, morphing the landscape. Swamps, plains and forests laced by papyrus edged channels are home to 122 species of mammals, 71 species of fish, 444 species of birds, 64 species of reptiles and 1300 species of flowering plant. Camps in large unfenced private concessions offer high standards, low visitor numbers and a variety of activities. Land-based safaris are focused on seeing the big predators like lion, wild dog, leopard and cheetah, while water based safaris reveal magnificent bird life and the shyer inhabitants.

The Delta covers an area of approximately 6,000 square kilometres. It is a vast network of lagoons, channels and marshland created when the Okavango River's original passage to the Indian Ocean was blocked by geological movements thousands of years ago. It is estimated that over 2,000,000 tonnes of silt per annum are washed down into it, causing the bed of the river to constantly change as it searches for a new path. It is this change that over time have created such a huge wetland. It is estimated that less than 5% of the water that enters the delta flows out the other side, only to evaporate in the arid wastes of the Kalahari Desert.

A visit to the Delta is a must for those who wish to enjoy a true Botswana safari. The Delta offers a unique landscape, best enjoyed by the traditional form of transport, the mokoro, a hollowed-out tree canoe that is poled along the shallow channels and lagoons. This area is also excellent for walking safaris with an experienced guide. The nature of the terrain ensures complete privacy and exclusivity, nearly all of the camps and lodges requiring air transfers to reach them.

The Delta's swamps are dominated by two plants; the papyrus and the phoenix palm. Hippos wallow in the cool waters and crocodiles feast on the fish and any grazing animals they can catch drinking from the maze of waterways. The forest and grasslands that surround the swamps are home to a diverse range of grazing animals enjoying the lush grazing provided by the natural irrigation. This in turn attracts the large cats; lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dogs and hyena all live here on the more open savannah, as do elephant and giraffe.

Safaris visiting this attraction

8 days
From £3,975
AndBeyond Chobe & the Delta

Stylish safari to Botswana staying at &Beyond camps in Chobe and the Okavango

7 days
From £2,315
Classic Okavango Safari

Explore different regions of Botswana's Okavango Delta including Moremi Game Reserve on this wonderful Ker & Downey fly-in safari

7 days
From £2,625
Desert & Delta Rhino Friendly safari to Botswana

Superb safari to Botswana combining three diverse areas: Makgadikgadi Pans, Savute and the Okavango and supporting the work of Rhino Conservation Botswana

7 days
From £2,350
Family Okavango Explorer

An exciting family holiday combining Moremi and the Okavango staying at Desert & Delta camps

9 days
From £4,250
Golden Africa: Botswana Mobile Safari

A fabulous 8 night small group mobile safari visiting Khwai in the NE Okavango, Xobega Island and Moremi.

7 days
From £2,595
Kwando Five Rivers

Special Green Season safari to Botswana from Kwando - choose from eight incredible safari camps/lodges

8 days
From £3,810
Sanctuary Botswana Explorers against Extinction Safari

Visit Chobe, the Okavango and Victoria Falls on this wonderful seven night Botswana & Zambia safari

5 days
From £2,860
Selinda Adventure Trail

Explore the remote waterways and islands of the Selinda Spillway by canoe and on foot

7 days
From £7,795
Ultimate Botswana

Combining the Okavango and remote Selinda, this safari incorporates Botswana's most famous properties

7 days
From £5,330
Wild Botswana

Pure safari magic with six nights at Wilderness Camps in the Okavango and Linyanti

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The Okavango Delta
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