Accessible via light aircraft from Maun the Okavango Delta is one of the most spectacular destinations to visit in Southern Africa. The largest inland delta in the world, the Okavango is made up of thousands of tiny islands and meandering waterways, this phenomenal wilderness experience is one not to miss. Take a guided canoe journey through the wetlands, surrounded by elephants, hippos and enchanting bird-life. Magnificent sunsets and secluded islands teeming with wildlife, not to mention some of the finest luxury camps in all of Africa.
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The annual flood of water arrives from Angola around March and slowly makes its way south by July. It’s the water that brings the Delta to life making June to October the ultimate time to visit which is generally called High Season. Green Season or Low Season has become very popular between November and March as although this is high summer where temperatures reach 40 degrees the spectacular afternoon thunderstorms which last approximately 1 hour cool everything off. It is in the rainy season when all the young are dropped and the Delta is a nursery to hundreds of baby antelope and plains game.
The Okavango Delta is best viewed by air or boat. The traditional dug out canoe called “mokoro” is steered by your own personal guide or poler. Exploring the waterways via motorized boat or mokoro guarantee many sightings of hippo, prolific birdlife and antelope to name but a few. Some lodges offer both water based and land based activities. Land based activities include 4 x 4 game drives and walking safaris with your own personal guide.
Although a visit to the Okavango Delta is an ultimate experience on its own we recommend a fly-in Botswana safari that will have you experiencing the varied landscapes. The Moremi Game Reserve, Linyanti, Savuti Chanel, Selinda Spillway and Chobe are the obvious combinations that we would recommend. Our secret is to combine all of the above with the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and the Central Kalahari to ensure you will be coming back for more.