The Okavango Delta is a unique ecosystem of papyrus-lined waterways, knee-deep floodplains, water-lily lagoons, shady forest glades and rich savannah grasslands. All this fecundity lies in the middle of the largest continuous stretch of sand in the world - the Kalahari Desert Basin.
Seen from space as an emerald swirl surrounded by a parched landscape, the Okavango Delta is an incredible source of life in a country that is 80% arid.
The Okavango region contains the state-run Moremi Game Reserve surrounded by a number of strictly controlled, privately managed wildlife concessions.
The game viewing on an Okavango Delta safari in all of these areas is no less than outstanding and activities can either be undertaken on foot, in a game-viewing vehicle or in a mokoro (dug-out canoe) or motorised boat. Such varied opportunities in a beautiful and diverse range of habitats, makes the Okavango the best all-encompassing safari destination in the world.
When visiting the Okavango Delta on safari, in order to experience the classic "water & land" wildlife safari, it's important to ensure that camps are carefully selected. The time of year guests decide to visit plays a big part in camp selection.
We suggest that guests look to spend three nights minimum in the Okavango Delta and preferably two to three nights in two different camps, and then combine that with two to three nights in the Linyanti Savuti area, or the Chobe National Park.
The Okavango Delta is the location of a number of wildlife films and documentaries, as it is such a game-rich and unique environment. Lions and leopards here are accustomed to hunting in water, making for incredible sightings.
Mokoro and boating safaris are memorable alternatives to the more typical game drives and walks. Water dependent animals flock to the well-watered land and make for superb game viewing.
andBeyond Xaranna Tented Camp is a premier safari option in the Okavango Delta. All the suites have private plunge pools and the camp is suitable for guests with a taste for the finer things in life. The camp offers all the traditional game viewing activities.
Camp Okavango offers a comfortable and affordable Okavango Delta safari, in a private concession. The camp focuses on walks on the islands and mokoro and boating activities. No game drives are offered. It is a classic Okavango Delta Camp and has superb year round birding opportunities.
The Ngwesi River Houseboat on the Okavango Delta, named after the feisty Tiger fish found in abundance in the Delta, is moored in Shakawe at Drotsky’s Cabins from where it operates. The Ngwesi Houseboat, consists of an upper and lower deck, and is headed by a licensed Skipper and trained staff.
The lure of the Okavango Delta and its extraordinary range of habitats provide the perfect environment for African animals to thrive and people to watch them. Great herds of antelopes, zebra, buffalo and elephants roam the pastures, and lions, leopards, cheetahs and all the other carnivores prosper. A safari tour to Okavango Delta gives visitors some of the best game viewing in Africa
As the Moremi Game Reserve contains large areas of premanent water, game viewing during the dry season is particularly good as animals are drawn to the permanent water sources.
There are no fences between Moremi and the private reserves, so the entire Okavango merges into a unified animal kingdom of grand proportions.
Each area has its own particular habitats, resident herds and familiar predators. Night drives in the private reserves often reveal secretive animals like porcupine, pangolin, aardwolf and genet.
The wet or rainy season in the Delta is from November to March. It is a very warm time of year and the water levels can make some roads inaccessible. The advantage of this time of year is that most of the animals give birth, providing a wonderful game watching experience. The landscape is lush and green and there is an abundance of wild flowers and birds.
From April to October, the Delta experiences the dry season. Winter occurs mid-year in June, July and August, bringing cold temperatures that drop to 5 degrees Celcius. The very hot period arrives in October, just before the rains, when temperatures reach over 40 degrees Celcius.
The drier it becomes the easier it is to spot animals close to permanent water holes. During the dry season, most of the Okavango dries out, apart from permanent rivers in Moremi Game Reserve and the northern reaches of the Okavango.
In the Okavango Delta, we choose the camps carefully based on which time of year our guests are visiting, as the rains in some areas can be quite destructive.
Jacana Camp, Little Vumbura and Chitabe Camp are more luxurious, and each offers a unique perspective of the Okavango Delta. Duba Plains is one of the most remote camps in Botswana and guests stand a very good chance of witnessing the lion-buffalo interaction that the camp is famous for.
Most Botswana safari tours begin with a flight to Maun, the safari capital of the country. Sun Safaris will arrange guests' flights from South Africa to Maun.
From Maun airport, Sun Safaris will arrange road transfers or light air transfers for their guests to their safari destinations. Some of the more remote areas, or the lodges located on islands will require fly-in transfers, while nearby camps can be accessed by car.
More often than not, the road transfers will take routes through reserves and wildlife areas, giving guests the opportunity to become accustomed to the beautiful surroundings and chance spotting some game enroute.