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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The Okavango Delta is one of the world's truly unique wildlife areas. Water from the Okavango River spills into the Kalahari Desert and forms a labyrinth of waterways and palm-fringed islands. It is the only safari which you can do from a mokoro (a canoe made from the trunk of a tree).
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Deep in the heart of Botswana you can find lagoons filled with lilies surrounded by long labyrinths of water ways, this is the Okavango Delta.
The Delta is an incredible location for viewing Africa’s amazing wildlife, such as lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and the semi-aquatic red lechwe antelope. It covers over 15,000 square kilometers when the waters are at their highest and it is divided into a number of private concessions created to protect the unique wildlife of this area.
The Okavango Delta is home to over 250 birds including several rare species, making this a bird watchers paradise.
One of the highlights of the Delta is to sit back and relax as you are gently 'poled' through the mysterious reed banks in a traditional mokoro boat, passing kingfishes, crocodiles and other wildlife.
Entitled simply "Africa", Sir David Attenborough's latest five-part series was filmed across five different regions of this extraordinary continent, capturing animal behaviour never seen before.
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