Botswana is synonymous with the Okavango Delta. This 15,000 square kilometer inland delta is the largest in the world, a verdant oasis in the midst of the arid Kalahari sands. It is a wildlife sanctuary of repute – a dynamic and exciting UNESCO World Heritage Site with superb mammal and bird viewing to be had. Well protected wildlife adds to the quality of these viewing opportunities.
There are numerous concessions and camps in the Okavango wilderness area of Botswana. We have selected a few that consistently deliver the kind of experiences that we cherish on safari. These venues offer tranquility, the excitement of tracking Africa’s big game and the thrill of discovering a myriad of smaller special creatures that we inevitably come across in the wild. The diverse regions provide very different safaris and so exploring and striking the right balance is key in preparing a trip here. Daily scheduled and charter flights make moving across this African wilderness easy!
On a safari here you can expect to rub shoulders with African Elephant, Buffalo, Hippopotamus, interesting antelope such as Lechwe, Tsessebe, Sitatunga and Sable. Obviously, many of the animals here are very well adapted to life in a wetter world and some fascinating adaptations can be observed. Also expect to enjoy wonderful views of Giraffe, Lion, Leopard, Rhino and Hyena. Notably the endangered African Wild Dog also survives within the Okavango Delta, exhibiting one of the richest pack densities in Africa. The delta also includes over 400 species of birds, including African fish eagle, Pel’s fishing owl, crested crane, amongst many other “specials”.
The majority of the estimated 200,000 large mammals in and around the Okavango Delta are not year-round residents. They move with the summer rains to find renewed fields of grass to graze on and trees to browse, then make their way back as winter approaches. Timing of your safari is crucial, so contact us to find out when the best time to travel is.