The Okavango Delta

Pristine wilderness

The Okavango Delta is one of the world’s largest deltas, comprising of an intricate network of channels and lagoons. This unique wetland provides excellent wildlife viewing year-round, but it’s the scenery itself that can be so utterly awe-inspiring.

When

There's no bad time to visit, but we would opt for the dry season (June-October).

Fly Time

Flight time is roughly 15 hours from London and you fly to Maun via Johannesburg.

Cost

The camps start from £800 per person per night and can go up to dizzy heights.

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The delicate ecosystems of the Okavango Delta support a dizzying array of flora and fauna. Hundreds of bird species proliferate here, as well as a rich array of aquatic life which populates the delta’s crystal-clear waters.

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A maze of sparkling lagoons, meandering channels and islands teeming with wildlife. Botswana’s Okavango Delta lies like a sparkling jewel at the heart of the Kalahari Desert.

Known as “the river that never finds the sea”, crystal clear channels spread over the thirst-lands of the Kalahari with their papyrus-fringed banks and fertile floating islands. Adapted for a life in and out of water, the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga are found in this watery wilderness. Lion, cheetah, leopard and African wild dog share the floodplains with large herds of elephant and buffalo.

Explore the Okavango Delta by mokoro, motorised boat cruises, on foot or by game drive - or helicopter.

Interesting Fact

During the dry season, around 260,000 mammals congregate around the delta.

150,000 Islands

The Okavango Delta has more than 150,000 islands. Some are just a few metres wide while the larger islands can be longer than 10 kilometres.

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Add the Makgadikgadi to your itinerary?

Arguably the most famous region in the great (salt) pans, the Mkgadikgadi Game Reserve is certainly the most accessible area within the pans region with properties such as Meno a Kwena and the excellent Jack’s and San Camps 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 and visiting ‘Kubu Island’ you will be one of a very privileged few to see one of the 5 oldest rock formations on the planet and a highly revered cultural site for the San.

Did you know?

During the wet season (January to March), rains transform the pans into lush, nutritious wetlands and provide a habitat for migrating animals. The longest zebra migration finds their way here.

Acacia Trees

Beautiful millennia-old baobab trees can be found here. Famously rendered immortal in 1862 by painter Thomas Baines, a member of David Livingstone’s expedition.

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The Okavango Delta is home to 530 bird species including the extremely rare Pel’s Fishing Owl.

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