Pristine wilderness in Africa's oasis
There's no bad time to visit, but we would opt for the dry season (June-October).
Flight time is roughly 15 hours from London and you fly to Maun via Johannesburg.
The camps start from £800 per person per night and can go up to dizzy heights.
Visiting The Okavango Delta is one of best safari experiences available in Africa. With first-rate wildlife, accommodation and guiding in an awe-inspiring setting, you can only love your time here - it is safari paradise.
Found in Botswana in southern Africa, the Okavango Delta lies like a sparkling jewel at the heart of the Kalahari Desert. It is the largest inland Delta in the world, easily made out in satellite imagery alongside the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. These two geographical features are the most distinctive and recognisable of Southern Africa.
The Okavango Delta boasts some of the most varied safaris in Africa with a fantastic range of safari activities at your disposal, including walking safaris, riding safaris, mokoro safaris, boating safaris, balloon safaris and even helicopter safaris.
Wildlife of the Okavango Delta includes a myriad of species, including African Bush Elephant, African Buffalo, Hippopotamus, Lechwe, Topi, Blue Wildebeest, Giraffe, Nile crocodile, Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Brown Hyena, Spotted Hyena, Greater Kudu, Sable Antelope, Black Rhinoceros, White Rhinoceros, Plains Zebra, Warthog and Chacma Baboon. Notably, the endangered African Wild Dog still survives within the Okavango Delta and exhibits one of the richest pack densities in Africa.
Arguably the most famous region in the great (salt) pans, the Mkgadikgadi Game Reserve is certainly the most accessible area within the pans and host a wonderful selection of famous properties such as Meno a Kwena, Jack’s Camp and San Camp; all located on the western and eastern edges of the park itself.
A visit to the Makgadikgadi is all about visiting what is one of the true cradles of mankind with human inhabitation in the region for the longest period in history. A visit to the San bushmen offers a glimpse into the nomadic and subsistence lifestyles that punctuated early human existence.
Today the ceremonies and knowledge that were once a staple to the tribe’s existence are preserved more for tourism than as a means of living, but learning about their culture is still one of the most rewarding cultural experiences to be had in Africa.
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