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.