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Okavango Delta Luxury Safaris


A safari in the world’s largest inland delta is an experience you won’t soon forget. 

Located, rather bizarrely, within the arid Kalahari Desert, this watery wilderness spreads out over the north-western reaches of the country in a wide fan of meandering floodplains dotted with islands and laced with an intricate web of waterways. The result is a fertile habitat teeming with a tremendous diversity of wildlife. 

Lion, buffalo, leopard, wild dog, hippo, crocodiles and huge herds of elephants are all present, alongside more unusual species such as the lechwe antelope. With more than 400 recorded species of birds (bee-eaters, fish eagles and pied kingfishers, to name a few), there is plenty to keep the dedicated twitcher occupied. 

The Okavango is a model of low-volume, low-impact tourism, which not only preserves the pristine ecosystem but offers a more exclusive safari experience. The best way to explore is from one of the small, high-quality bush camps for which Botswana is renowned. From your tented camp or intimate lodge, you can watch wildlife from open 4WD vehicles, night game drives, walking safaris, or motor boats. 

But perhaps the most evocative way to explore is by mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe which is 'poled' along by your guide through papyrus reeds and carpets of water lilies - a great way to get up close to wildlife and discover the delta’s hidden channels. 

Depending on location and seasonal water levels, some camps offer a mix of game activities, whilst others specialise in just water or land activities. Ideally, we recommend combining different types of camps in different areas so you can experience a range of activities, habitats and wildlife.

Contact one of our Africa specialists for a tailor-made safari in one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.

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Little Vumbura, Okavango Delta Okavango Delta

It isn’t just the camp that is picturesque. Little Vumbura is shaded by trees and is surrounded by the tranquil, rich flood plains of the topmost reaches of the Okavango Delta.

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Pelo Camp, Okavango Delta Okavango Delta

You’ll go on nature walks, fishing and boating excursions, and navigate the surrounding waterways the traditional way in a dugout canoe known as a ‘mokoro’. As you explore you’ll enjoy fantastic encounters with …

Sanctuary Baines’ Camp, Okavango Delta Okavango Delta

Built from wood and recycled tin cans, this eco-conscious property sits on raised platforms high above the papyrus-lined Boro River. The main area features an expansive veranda for al fresco dining (with views over a …

Mapula Lodge, Okavango Delta Okavango Delta

Built on a stately tree island in the midst of seasonal floodplains, woodlands and glassy lagoons, Mapula Lodge is one of only a handful of camps in a vast, 200,000-acre concession. Quirky and colourful, it …

Abu Camp, Okavango Delta Okavango Delta

Guests of Abu enjoy an outstanding location in the very heart of Botswana’s legendary Okavango Delta. Here, you’ll be able to walk with the Abu elephant herd through the surrounding bush and join …


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