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Complete Guide To An Unforgettable Safari In The Okavango Delta

Appreciate the teeming wildlife in one of the world’s last oasis’

The Okavango Delta is the world’s biggest inland delta, covering 15,000² kilometres of Kalahari Desert in northern Botswana. It is known for its vast grassy plains which flood seasonally to become a lush water-wilderness. The delta grows to nearly three times its size when the floodwaters arrive, creating an expansive landscape that is home to an abundance of wildlife. For these reasons amongst others, an Okavango Delta safari is a truly memorable experience.

The Okavango Delta’s reserves are private, and restrictions on tourism help keep the delta wild. They are much quieter than other reserves, making them perfect for soaking up the wild and wonderful atmosphere and maximising your chances of wildlife sightings. A safari in the Okavango Delta offers the most natural and authentic wilderness experience you can have in this corner of the globe…

African elephant stands knee deep in water in the okavango delta, botswana
lionesses climb a tree seen on safari in the okavango delta
aerial view of the waterways and islands in the okavango delta wetlands in botswana

What Makes An Okavango Delta Safari So Special?

Whether it’s your first time going on a safari or you’re a seasoned leopard-spotter, the Okavango Delta is an outstanding destination and a true once in a lifetime experience.

• Remote wilderness
• Numerous wildlife species
• A rich home for the ‘Big Five’, including the African elephant, lion, leopard, cape buffalo, and rhinoceros
• Private reserves tend to have far fewer visitors 
• Private guides allow for more inforation and customization
• Explore on land in a 4X4, and by water in traditional dugout canoes
• Luxury accommodation to unwind at the end of the day
• Night safaris with no disturbance from other tourist groups

crocodile lies on the grass in the okavango delta safari wetlands
bright red sunset with silhouettes of trees and reflection in the water in the okavango delta
closeup of a lions face, taken during an okavango delta safari
leopard lying along a tree branch against the backdrop of blue sky, in the okavango delta in Botswana

Planning A Safari In The Okavango Delta

July to October are the best months for game viewing, but the safari experience is still amazing here at any time of year.

Access to the Okavango Delta is generally via scheduled charter flights from Maun Airport, followed by a road and / or boat transfer to your chosen accommodation.

Nothing beats the feeling of returning from an epic safari outing, having seen countless animals and captured the memories on camera. To take your experience to the next level, there are several luxurious lodge accommodation options that will increase your comfort and convenience as you can relax and reflect on the day.

For the ultimate safari lodge experience, treat yourself to a stay at Camp Okavango, who specialise in creating memorable trips and go the extra mile to cater to your specific wishes.

Game Drives & Night Safaris In The Okavango Delta

Morning and afternoon game rides are a great way to experience an Okavango Delta safari. Jump in a 4X4 with your private guides for an off-road adventure in the wild. Keep your eyes peeled for lions, giraffes, leopards, zebras and rhinos, as well as many other animals that your guide will point out along the way. Night safaris offer a unique opportunity to discover intriguing nocturnal animals, allowing you to see the delta through different eyes.

Bee-Eater Birds

Bee-Eaters are colourful birds with long downturned bills and pointed wings.

They have a swallow-like appearance when seen from afar

Lilac-Breasted Roller

Lilac-Breasted Rollers prefer open woodland and savanna, so keep an eye out for them there

African Jacana

African Jacana have notably long feet that enable it to walk on floating vegetation such as lilies

Red-Billed Hornbill

Red-billed hornbills alert dwarf mongoose when a predator is nearby, so they are kept safe as they feast on insects disturbed by the mongoose

 

Fun fact – Zazu from Disney’s Lion King is a Red-billed hornbill

red and yellow hot air balloon over a herd of zebras in Africa

Float Above The Delta

For the ultimate experience, hop aboard a hot air balloon for the ride of a lifetime. Float above the expansive delta, spotting wildlife below. Breeze over the waterways and dry land for a completely new perspective of safari in the Okavango Delta.

Explore The Waterways

Experience a ride in a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe. Keep your camera ready as your guide navigates the calm waterways past hippos, crocodiles and elephants. To travel further afield, settle into your seat on a private boat as you cruise through the maze of water channels looking for wildlife.

antelope in the okavango delta, best safari
Leopard yawns, showing its teeth and inside of its mouth, seen on a safari in the okavango delta

Take A Walk On The Wild Side

Walking through the wilderness is a great way to learn more about the region’s flora, and to spot the smaller creatures that are hard to see from afar. Allow your experienced guide to show you the small but mighty forces of nature that are oh so important to the delta.