The Okavango Delta is one of Africa's most stunning wildlife areas. A true wilderness, the Okavango is home to some of the best safari camps in Africa. Game viewing activities in include game drives, bush walks and mokoro rides.
Okavango Delta Highlights
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.
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.
How to Get There
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.
Okavango Delta Game Viewing and Activities
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.
Vumbura Plains is a premier camp located in the north of the Okavango Delta. The camp is suited to guests seeking a truly luxurious safari with the camp offering private plunge pools in all suites. Game viewing is excellent year round.
Abu Camp offers a rare African experience that showcases the magnificent wildlife and landscape of the Okavango Delta; a safari that will transform your perceptions of elephants and the wilderness as you engage with the resident elephant herd on a very special level.
The Jackal and Hide
Sister Camp to Sable Alley in the exclusive Khwai Private Reserve in the Okavango Delta, Jackal & Hide is a new authentic tented camp offering spectacular Botswana game viewing, Skybed experiences, water activities, and tranquility in nature.
andBeyond Nxabega Tented Camp
andBeyond Nxabega Camp is a superb camp located south of the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta. The camp offers luxurious accommodation and superb game viewing experience. The camp offers an array of game viewing activities.
Seba Camp is a family friendly safari camp in the Okavango Delta. It has dedicated family chalets ideal for families travelling with children. The camp is located in the western part of the Delta and offers the full spectrum of 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.
Tubu Tree Camp
Tubu Tree Camp is located in the western part of the Delta in the excellent Jao Concession. The camp is a small intimate option, and has the best bar in all of the Delta! The camp overlooks a floodplain and is renowned for excellent year-round game viewing.
Prime positioning in the Okavango Delta, Little Tubu is sure to provide a wild retreat with incredible game viewing and safari pleasure. It offers an accommodation for 6 guests in 3 traditional-style tents, all with en-suite bathroom facilities, and private decks.
Chitabe Lediba is a small, intimate camp situated on the same beautiful island as Chitabe main Camp alongside the Moremi Game Reserve. The camp offers breathtaking views and is ideal for families or small groups and offers guests a personalised safari experience
Setari Camp is built on a tiny island in the heart of the Okavango Delta in the central waterway near the base of the panhandle. It receives year round water and offers water-based and on-foot safari excursions in a pristine part of Botswana.
Oddballs' Enclave is situated on the edge of Chief's Island, deep in the heart of the Okavango Delta. The camp is accessible by light aircraft only. The activities at Oddballs’ Enclave usually consist of mokoro and walking safaris.
Jao Camp is a luxurious camp located in the Jao Concession. The camps offers a superb combination of premier accommodation and excellent year round safari experience. Jao provides guests with the opportunity of going on game drives and boating safaris.
Baines's Camp is a luxury safari lodge located under shady trees of the Okavango. The camp is small and intimate featuring just five suites. Baines Camp is situated on a private concession neighbouring the Moremi, it is superb for viewing all animal and bird species
A luxury, expedition-style tented camp with an emphasis on the sensory experience of nature in Botswana’s magnificent Linyanti region, where floodplains lead to wetlands and lagoons, inhabited by an assortment of wild species.A luxury, expedition-style tented camp with an emphasis on the sensory experience of nature in Botswana’s magnificent Linyanti region, where floodplains lead to wetlands and lagoons, inhabited by an assortment of wild species.
Mapula Lodge is a community based safari lodge located in the far north west of the Okavango Delta. The Okavango lodge offers comfortable rustic accommodation, and is well known for fantastic wild dog sightings. Water levels vary depending on the flood levels.
Moremi Crossing is situated on a palm fringed island surrounded by the Moremi 's game rich seasonal floodplains and overlooking Chief 's Island in the Okavango Delta. Light and airy tents are set under a canopy of trees on the water's edge.
Kana Kara Camp
Kana Kara Camp is an ideal, intimate, tented accommodation in Botswana’s pristine Okavango Delta. The camp is situated in the northern region of the Delta with the safari area straddling the area between the Selinda spillway and the Vumbura River.
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.