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Okavango Delta

Why visit the Okavango Delta?

Botswana’s Okavango Delta is one of the most unique and special wilderness areas in Africa. From May to October floodwaters fill up rivers, channels and lagoons to make it a watery wilderness unlike anywhere else in Africa. And it’s full of amazing wildlife! For nature and wildlife lovers it has to be one of the unmissable sights of Africa.
Here are some of the highlights of the Okavango Delta:

  • One of Africa’s most scenic and remarkable wilderness areas.
  • Really excellent, diverse and prolific game viewing.
  • Water-based safaris on boats and mokoros, as well as land-based by 4x4, on foot or horseback.
  • A good choice of high quality lodges and camps.
  • Walk with elephants!
  • Scenic flights over the Delta by light plane and helicopter.
  • It’s a great place to enjoy the adventure of mobile camping safaris.

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When to go on safari to the Okavango Delta

You can visit the Okavango Delta all year round, though the best months are the dry season months from about May to October with peak season being July to October (when prices are at their highest).
From May to October the floodwaters from Angola are in the Delta transforming Kalahari sands to lush green waterways and lagoons which tempt animals from miles around to come and stay for months on end.
In the wet season (November to March/April) all but the permanent rivers and lagoons dry up, so whilst there is rain and the whole place seems lush and green, the iconic waterways are far fewer in number. At this time though, the wildlife can still be good, the birdlife is excellent and the clear skies make for fabulous photography. It’s also a much cheaper time to visit as many of the lodges offer very good prices in these months, especially December to March.

An Okavango Delta Safari: How to do it.

On Okavango safari is one of the best African safaris you can have. Most people come here on a fly-in lodge safari, but a mobile camping safari is also possible.
We generally recommend staying in a couple of different areas of the Delta for variety, and importantly, choosing both a dry camp and a wet camp (ie camp that offers mainly game drives and walks, and another which mainly offers boat and mokoro safaris), or one camp that offers both types of activities.
Maun is the place to fly into the start your safari, which you’ll usually reach by flying via Johannesburg.

Accommodation in the Okavango Delta

Most of the lodges and camps in the Okavango Delta are very remote. This is part of the attraction. The majority are in private concession areas owned by different safari companies who then look after their concessions in terms of habitat and wildlife. This makes Botswana lodges mostly quite or very expensive. There are a very few camps we’d class as mid-range, such as one of our favourites, Sango Camp, but the choice and availability at this level is minimal.
There is however a good choice of luxury camps and lodges, many of whom we regularly use and love. Some of our favourites include Sandibe Safari Lodge, Machaba Camp, Pom Pom Camp, Footsteps Across the Delta and Little Kwara.
If you want to keep the price down for your Botswana safari, we’d recommend looking at mobile camping safaris. These offer anything from roll mats and shared loos, to large tents with beds and proper linen and en-suite facilities ”“ depending on the price you pay of course.

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Time: GMT +2hrs

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Overnight flights to Johannesburg then connections to Maun, total flying time about 13 hours.

Language: The official language is English. Tswana is spoken widely.


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There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the north.



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