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.
This superb southern Africa explorer visits premier destinations in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe including Hwange, Chobe, Moremi and Victoria Falls.
Combine wonderful African Bush Camps in Botswana's Moremi and Linyanti areas with time on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls.
Enjoy Chobe, the Okavango and Moremi Game Reserve plus the option to hot air balloon over the Okavango.
A three centre safari combining Botswana and Zimbabwe. Visit the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and Hwange National Park.
All the delights of our Classic Machaba safri visiting Hwange, the Okavango and Moremi, with the added bonus of a stay at Victoria Falls.
Superb safari to Botswana combining three diverse areas: Makgadikgadi Pans, Savute and the Okavango and supporting the work of Rhino Conservation Botswana
A fabulous week's trip to Botswana staying in Chobe, Moremi and the Okavango
An exciting family holiday combining Moremi and the Okavango staying at Desert & Delta camps
Explore different regions of Botswana's Okavango Delta including Moremi Game Reserve and the Kalahari on this wonderful Ker & Downey fly-in safari
A week's safari at 3 different safari camps in the wonderful Okavango Delta
A short safari visiting the Okavango Delta and the Moremi Game Reserve
Special Green Season safari to Botswana from Kwando - choose from eight incredible safari camps/lodges
Explore the remote waterways and islands of the Selinda Spillway by canoe and on foot
Combining the Okavango and remote Selinda, this safari incorporates Botswana's most famous properties
A great safari covering the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls
For those short of time this safari spends 3 nights in two different camps in different areas in the Okavango Delta