The Okavango Delta is Africa’s largest and most beautiful oasis - an isolated, verdant green paradise with some of the richest wildlife in the world.
April to Oct
The Okavango Delta is Africa’s largest and most beautiful oasis - an isolated, lush green paradise filled with Wildlife.
However superb game-viewing is just one of many elements that make the Okavango delta such a special place. Here you experience the brooding quietness of the waterways, or the plaintive cry of the fish eagle. You see the malachite kingfisher reflected in the waters. And the scent of the water lilies. These sights and sounds will stay with you forever.
The source of the Okavango Delta lies in the extremely wet highlands of Angola. From here the river flows south gathering ever more water until it reaches Botswana. Here the Okavango Delta fans out into a vast, astonishingly luxuriant wilderness. Flood plain and forest, lagoon and large expanses of water all intermingle. It is this mix which is the ideal breeding ground for an incredible diversity of wildlife.
Below we’ve divided the Okavango camps into four categories.
- The Moremi & Khwai lodges focus mainly on game drives.
- The camps in the permanent waters of the Okavango Delta offer water-based safari activities year-round.
- Seasonal water camps are in seasonally flooded areas. These offer water-based safari activities during the flood only, and game drives at other times.
- Finally ‘mixed activity’ camps have access to permanent water channels. So they’re able to offer land and water safari activities throughout the year.
Madelyn NieuwoudtAfrica Travel Specialist
Why you may love it
- Exceedingly beautiful maze of waterways, lagoons and vast grassy plains
- Home to some of the richest wildlife in the world including hippo, elephant, lion, leopard, hyena, giraffe, wild dog, rare antelope
- The Okavango is a birder’s paradise with over 500 bird species
- You can view wildlife in so many ways - on 4×4 game drives, on foot, by boat and via the evocative Mokoro trips
- Most camps are on private concessions each with only 1-2 safari camps. Thus ensuring exclusivity and tranquillity
- The delta is a conundrum. Its crystal clear channels, serene lagoons and palm-lined islands makes it a unique wetland system. Yet it survives on the sands of the vast Kalahari Desert. (Check out our article on why the Okavango Delta floods to know why...)
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When to visit Okavango Delta
December to March
April to June
Start of the dry season
July to September
October to November
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Exceeded all expectations"Okavango Delta. The inevitable highlight. The region lived up to its reputation (on the first morning, we watched three lions track a herd of buffalo for maybe an hour, before witnessing the kill from only 20m!). The safari crew were awesome: outstanding guide who really knew his stuff." Mr Michael Barnard
Experiences in Okavango Delta
- Delta to nowhere...The delta doesn't flow into any ocean or sea
- LandscapeVery flat, varying only by 2 metres in height