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Splayed across the north of Botswana like a fan, the Okavango Delta is a watery wilderness filled to the brim with wildlife. Huge herds of elephant traipse down to the water’s edge, submerging themselves and rolling on the muddy banks. Bee-eaters, fish eagles and pied kingfishers flit and swoop across the channels. And, in the long grasses, leopard, lion and wild dog share a common goal: to hunt, kill and eat. Our safari specialists, having visited many times, can advise on the best time to go, and where, for your Okavango Delta safari, based on the wildlife you most want to see.

Footsteps Across The Delta Mokoro TripWhile there’s water in most areas of the delta year-round, it reaches peak levels between April and October. Water flows south from Angola’s highlands, feeding the Okavango’s rivers and channels to form the largest inland delta in the world. With a guide, you can navigate these waters by mokoro (traditional canoe) or motorboat, looking out for hippo pods and crocodiles.

Our safari specialists have explored each of the private concessions that make up the delta and can help you decide on the best places to stay. From your tented camp or intimate lodge, you can head out on twice-daily game drives, often staying after dark.

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Places to visit in the Okavango Delta

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting the Okavango Delta, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring the Okavango Delta

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Okavango Delta, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of the Okavango Delta

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    Places in and around the Okavango Delta

    Our expert guides to exploring the Okavango Delta

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting the Okavango Delta, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate the Okavango Delta at its best.

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      Okavango Delta safaris

      Okavango Delta safaris

      The Okavango Delta is safari by water, where you glide in canoes through waterways and twinkling lagoons in search of hippo, elephant, giraffe and iridescent birdlife. Discover the best time to visit this wonderful water world and how we can help you plan your safari there.

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    Accommodation choices for the Okavango Delta

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Okavango Delta. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Xaranna Tented Camp,Xudum Concession

      Xaranna Tented Camp

      Opulent

      With a design inspired by the water lily, Xaranna is a romantic, luxurious tented camp set within a private concession in the southern plains of the Okavango Delta.

    • Nxai Pan Camp, Nxai Pan National Park

      Nxai Pan Camp

      First Class

      Situated in a lesser-visited area of Botswana known for its zebra migrations, Nxai Pan Camp offers spacious traditional chalets facing a waterhole that’s popular with passing wildlife.

    • Sandibe Camp, Chitabe Concession

      Sandibe Camp

      Deluxe

      Inspired by the armoured body of a pangolin, the Sandibe Lodge blends seamlessly into its Okavango Delta surroundings. The location offers extraordinary wildlife viewing, either on foot or during game drives, complemented by welcoming local hospitality.

    • Jao Camp, Jao Concession

      Jao Camp

      Opulent

      Small and strikingly stylish, Jao Camp offers both land and water-based activities directly from its idyllic location in the heart of the Okavango Delta.

    • Chitabe Lediba Camp, Chitabe Concession

      Chitabe Lediba Camp

      Deluxe

      An intimate, friendly camp in the Chitabe Concession that provides a variety of habitats for a diverse range of wildlife, making it a great base for your stay in this beautiful wilderness.

    • Duba Plains, Duba Plains Reserve

      Duba Plains Camp

      Opulent

      Duba Plains Camp is situated in mature forest with views of floodplains and reedbeds. The camp sparkles at night, with dinner lit by lanterns under the trees. Activities include half and full day game drives on the plains, with excellent guides.

    • Stanley's Camp,Stanleys Concession

      Stanley's Camp

      Deluxe

      Stanley's Camp is situated in a 260,000 acre private concession in the southern reaches of the Okavango Delta. Perhaps one of the most wonderful features of Stanley's Camp is the interaction you can enjoy with a herd of semi-habituated elephant.

    • View from tent,Shinde Camp,Shinde Concession

      Shinde Camp

      First Class

      Set in the heart of the northern Okavango Delta and surrounded by clear waterways teeming with birdlife and game, Shinde boasts a real air of elegance and classic safari charm. The camp itself sits on a vast palm island and offers breath-taking views across the delta.

    • Vumbura Plains, Vumbura Concession

      Vumbura Plains

      Opulent

      Vumbura Plains is one of the most luxurious camps in the Okavango Delta. It sits in the heart of the Vumbura Concession beneath jackalberry trees and strangler fig trees, overlooking a vast, picturesque floodplain.

    • Oddballs Enclave, Gunn's Concession

      Oddballs Enclave

      Simple

      Located deep in the Okavango Delta, Oddballs Enclave is a simple, authentic safari camp overlooking a seasonal floodplain. From here, you can head out on bush walks and mokoro trips in search of wildlife.

    • Oddballs' Camp, family room

      Oddballs Camp

      Basic

      Enjoying a secluded wilderness location in the heart of the Okavango Delta, Oddballs Camp is a relatively simple property that offers excellent value and a laid-back atmosphere.

    • Pom Pom Camp, Nxabega Concession

      Pom Pom Camp

      First Class

      Situated in a private concession in the heart of the Okavango Delta, Pom Pom Camp is a simple tented camp set on a seasonal lagoon, balancing time on game drives with peaceful mokoro trips.

    • Nxabega Camp , Nxabega Concession

      Nxabega Camp

      Deluxe

      Nxabega, meaning 'place of the giraffe', offers a luxurious tented stay in the wild African bush. With only nine tents, the service is warm and personal, and the staff are very good at the spotting even the most elusive of local wildlife.

    • Kanana Camp, Nxabega Concession

      Kanana Camp

      First Class

      An intimate and exclusive camp, Kanana is set deep in the Okavango Delta, near the Xudum River. The area is dotted with fig and palm trees, providing valuable shade and lookout points for predators trying to spot their prey on the flood plains.

    • Seba Camp, Abu Concession

      Seba Camp

      Deluxe

      Seba has the most wonderful location and is perfect for those people who want an excellent safari experience well away from the Delta hotspots.

    • Riding safari from Macatoo Camp, Abu Concession

      Macatoo Camp

      Medium

      Situated on the western side of the Okavango Delta, Macatoo Camp has six large, walk-in tents spread through woodland. Activities from the camp include horseback safaris, game drives, night drives, bird walks and boating, canoeing and fishing, depending upon water levels.

    • Wake with the sun after a night in the Skybeds, Khwai

      Skybeds

      Medium

      Offering a one-off, exclusive stay in the middle of the Okavango Delta, Skybeds comprises three multi-level platforms that allow you to sleep under the stars in comfort and style.

    • Khwai Tented Camp , Khwai Concession

      Khwai Tented Camp

      First Class

      Situated on a community-run concession bordering Moremi Game Reserve, Khwai Tented Camp blends in with its natural surroundings. It offers a range of activities, as well as exceptionally welcoming and attentive staff.

    • Plenty of space for all the family at Sable Alley

      Sable Alley

      First Class

      Exclusive and luxurious, Sable Alley offers a unique experience and wide variety of activities in the Khwai region

    • Sango Safari Camp, Khwai

      Sango Safari Camp

      Medium

      Sango Safari Camp offers guests a warm welcome and a comfortable base from which to explore both the Moremi and Khwai regions in the southeast of the Delta area.

    • Hyena Pan, Khwai Concession

      Hyena Pan

      Medium

      An intimate and tranquil tented camp in a private concession bordering some of Botswana's finest game viewing areas

    • Kwetsani Camp, deck area

      Kwetsani Camp

      Deluxe

      Built up in the treetops, Kwetsani is in a world of its own. Sitting on your deck you can hear the baboons chattering in the trees and dropping twigs and monkey oranges onto the pathways and sometimes your roof.

    • Jacana Camp, Jao Concession

      Jacana Camp

      Deluxe

      Jacana Camp is relaxed, friendly and in a spectacular spot overlooking lily-carpeted lagoons - it’s the ideal place to relax. The emphasis here is on boat and mokoro trips.

    • Chitabe Camp, Chitabe Concession

      Chitabe Camp

      Deluxe

      Chitabe Camp is situated on a palm island, surrounded by open grassland. There's a small pool with squashy sunloungers and big umbrellas, perfect for the heat of the day. Chitabe also offers game drives and walks.

    • Mombo Camp, Chiefs Island

      Mombo Camp

      Opulent

      Located on Chief’s Island in the Moremi Game Reserve Mombo Camp is possibly one of Botswana's most famous camps. It is certainly one of the most luxurious, recently having had a total rebuild into a very luxurious safari camp.

    • Camp Okavango, Shinde Concession

      Camp Okavango

      First Class

      Camp Okavango consists of open sided thatched buildings with a large spacious lounge adjoining the bar. All eleven spacious rooms are on raised wooden platforms with a front deck overlooking the reeds of the Delta. This camp offers year-round water activities.

    • Little Vumbura, Vumbura Concession

      Little Vumbura Camp

      Deluxe

      Little Vumbura is situated on a sandy island surrounded by deep channels. The only way to access it is to take a short boat trip and arrive at the jetty leading up to the shady confines of the covered lounge.

    • Chief's Camp,Chiefs Island

      Chief's Camp

      Deluxe

      Located on Chief's Island, one of the Delta's richest game areas, you can frequently view game without even leaving camp. Shaded from the heat of the day by a beautiful grove of trees, Chief's Camp is so remote you'll feel like the only person for miles.

    • Footsteps across the Delta, Shinde Concession

      Footsteps Across The Delta

      Simple

      Footsteps Across The Delta is a tiny camp in a wild area of the Shinde Concession. Footsteps is a magical and unique opportunity to explore one of the most pristine Yellow billed stork areas of the Okavango Delta.

    • Little Mombo, Chiefs Island

      Little Mombo

      Opulent

      Located on Chief’s Island in the Moremi Game Reserve Little Mombo is possibly one of Botswana's most famous camps. Perhaps most unusual aspect are the buffalo that sleep directly under your chalet.

    • Gunn's Camp, Gunn's Concession

      Gunn's Bush Camp

      Medium

      Gunn's Camp is a wonderful safari camp with a true history (it was one of the oldest camps in the Delta). It is situated in a beautiful spot, surrounded by channels, lagoons and lots of waterlilies.

    • Delta Camp, Gunn's Concession

      Delta Camp

      Medium

      Deep in the heart of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, overlooking the legendary Chief's Island is Delta Camp. The camp is a bird watchers paradise with over with over 250 species, including rare one's such as the Pel's fishing owl.

    • Kanana Mokoro Trails tent in the Nxabega Concession

      Kanana Mokoro Trail

      Simple

      The Kanana Mokoro Trail camp is a wonderfully wild experience for those with a sense of adventure and a desire to explore a truly wild area.