The Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s most impressive wildlife areas. As famous as Tanzania's Serengeti or Kenya's Masai Mara, the Okavango is the world's only inland delta and is an area of exceptional natural beauty. Its lily-scattered flood plains and palm-fringed islands have exceptionally high concentrations of Africa’s big game in one of the continent's most beautiful settings. The Okavango is an area that exceeds expectations and would certainly stake its claim as the world's best safari destination.
The best time to visit the Okavango Delta
The Okavango’s flood waters arrive at the beginning of May, after building up in the mountains of Angola during the early months of the year. As the Okavango’s plains flood with water, wildlife migrates here from all parts of the Kalahari, creating a focal point for a phenomenal migration of millions of mammals. From May onwards the Okavango comes into its peak season, offering some of the best game viewing in the whole of Africa.
Where is the Okavango Delta?
The Okavango Delta is to the north-west of Botswana. For further details, please scroll down for our detailed safari map of Botswana.
What is the Okavango Delta?
The Delta area has been split up into private reserves where the game viewing is available only to resident guests. As a result, the Okavango offers some of the most exclusive game viewing area in Africa. The heart of the Okavango is the Moremi, a public park that is particularly busy in areas but is also home to the Mombo concession, a wildlife area regarded by many as the best in the world.
Okavango Delta Activities
The Okavango really does have it all - here is a list of safari activities to choose from;
Okavango Delta Accommodation
Safari camps in the Delta are classified as wet, dry or mixed. The range of habitat and game viewing, and the overall safari experience on offer, vary considerably from one type of camp to the next.
To maximise your safari experience, we would recommend including a variety of types of camp in your itinerary. The ideal itinerary will vary throughout the season, and care should be taken to achieve the best combination for any particular travel dates.
Where to stay in the Okavango Delta - Wet Camps:
The wet camps, usually set in stunning locations close to the Okavango’s main river channels, are not flood-dependent and can offer the famous mokoro boating safaris throughout the year. However, as a general rule the game around the wet camps is relatively poor (most of Africa's big animals, particularly predators, are not comfortable in water) and when the Okavango is in full flood, the game driving circuits become completely submerged and these camps can then offer only boating safaris. This significantly reduces the quality of the big game viewing on offer. On the other hand, these camps offer beautiful scenery and exceptional bird life.