Reasons to Visit
The Okavango Delta is a labyrinth of waterways linking secret lagoons and marshlands, where hippo splash in the water and elephants drink at the shallows. Boat trips take you to inaccessible locations and hidden islands for a glorious spot of solitude and wildlife spotting, before a relaxing sundowner drink amongst the reeds.
On a game drive in the Delta, Linyanti or Chobe, you soon discover Botswana’s phenomenal array of wildlife. Lions are often on the prowl in the morning while night drives increase your chances of spotting leopard and other nocturnal species. As well as the cats there are thriving populations of elephant, hippo, giraffe, buffalo and even wild dog.
From the water birds of the Delta to the sand grouse of the Kalahari and flamingos on the Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana is a twitcher’s paradise. Rare species like the Pel’s fishing owl, and African pygmy goose are commonly found, with a trip to Chobe, the Delta and the Kalahari offering an unrivalled level of ornithological interest.
Bushman history is an intrinsic element in the evolution of humanity, and nowhere is this more apparent than in Botswana. Bushman communities have survived on the Makgadikgadi Pans and in areas of western Botswana for centuries. A visit there now allows you to interact with them, experiencing first hand how they cook, hunt, eat and live.
Slipping through the Delta's mazy waterways and tall papyrus in a mokoro is the most relaxing way to view game. Serenely moving along with only the gurgle of the water passing under your craft, you encounter lechwe grazing in the shallows, kingfishers perched on overhanging branches and crocodiles lurking in dark corners.
On the Makgadikgadi Pans you experience an ethereal lunar landscape unlike anywhere else in Africa. It is possible to see the curvature of the earth, sleep out under the stars, and at some times of the year watch a great wildlife migration. Although more thickly vegetated, Nxai and Tau Pans also offer unique landscapes and habitats.
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Mokoro trip in the Okavango Delta
The annual flooding of the Okavango Delta into the rippling sands of the Kalahari, disperses in a myriad of waterways and twinkling lagoons, creating a delicate web of life. Using interactive maps, find out the best time to visit and our recommended Okavango accommodation options.
If lying in bed watching the tent shake because an elephant is scratching itself on it, or waking up to the sound of hyena eating a saucepan appeals to you, you are probably the perfect candidate for a mobile camping safari.
The Makgadikgadi Pans is a huge expanse of shimmering white salt pans; the relic of a once mightly ’super-lake’. Nowadays, the wildlife living here has to be both hardy and highly nomadic to survive.
Encompassing an impressive 10,700km of wilderness the Chobe National Park stretches from the tip of Northern Botswana to the fringes of the Okavango Delta. Chobe is most famous for its elephant and buffalo populations.
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is one of the world's largest game reserves. The big game is here, but occurs in low densities due to its harsh and arid environment.
Botswana is simply a gamewatching paradise, with the Okavango Delta’s rich array of wetlands and vast, varied ecosystems. Lion, elephant, buffalo, hippo, leopard and cheetah are all to be found here, rhino have recently been reintroduced, and the camps and lodges our specialists have found are among the best in Africa.
9 Days from £3,270pp
This 9 day safari uses some of Botswana's most beautiful camps. In private reserves and Botswana's premier national park this is a wonderful Okavango experience travelling in the green season.
12 Days from £4,165pp
Explore Botswana's best big game viewing areas - the Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta.
Our escorted small group tours are different from our tailor-made holidays in that travel is always in small groups with the services of an experienced guide throughout the trip.
13 1/2 hours (Maun via Johannesburg)
British Airways, Kenyan Airways & South African Airways
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