Okavango Delta safaris, tours & holiday packages
A verdant inland delta rich in game and birdlife
The seasonal flooding of the Okavango River spills across the parched Kalahari landscape, producing a gigantic inland sea that is peppered with lush islands and brimming with wildlife
Each year, during Botswana's long dry season, the Okavango River floodwaters arrive from the Angolan highlands and push the permanent Okavango Delta outwards into its seasonal floodplains.
The result is an enormous sprawling inland delta that is characterised by a mosaic of islands, shallow channels and fluctuating wetlands. Wildlife abounds in this verdant landscape. Aside from the Big Five – all of which occur here –visitors also stand an excellent chance of seeing African wild dogs, especially in the drier northern and eastern regions of the delta.
The Okavango Delta is one of those rare places that, despite having seen thousands of pictures and having read hundreds of stories about it, seeing it for the first time is mind-blowingly spectacular. Nothing can adequately prepare you for the experience of being on safari in the idyllic wildlife mecca of Botswana's most famous watery wilderness.
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A large portion of the Okavango Delta is preserved within the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve, home to popular Chief's Island.
The reserve is home not only to some of Botswana's premier wildlife sightings but also some of Africa's most exclusive and expensive (US$1,000-plus per night) lodges. While there is no denying that camps such as Chief's and Mombo are indeed spectacular lodges located in one of the most prolific wildlife areas on the continent, the area is thankfully also accessible to those whose pockets are not as deep.
With a huge variety of more budget-friendly lodges and seasonal tented camps scattered throughout the delta, there's sufficient choice to cater for all tastes and most budgets. Along with the spectacular Chief's Camp, &Beyond's Moremi Under Canvas, Nxabega Tented Camp and recently refurbished Sandibe Lodge are some of my personal favourites and are highly recommended.
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Megan arranged a wonderful tour of South Africa and Botswana for us. The hotels and safari lodges were first class. We especially liked the Chobe Game Lodge and the Fairlawn Boutique Hotel. The safaris were unforgettable. We viewed lots of…
We could not have been more pleased with Discover Africa. Our agent, Megan W, was knowledgeable, accommodating and highly responsive. She asked pertinent questions, listened carefully to our needs, then organised a personalised tour- the…
from United States of America
Excellent combination of calling to chat about plans and details, followed up with emailing of detailed information. Made all arrangements easy for us from the actual booking to payment procedures, exchange rate recommendations, visa advice,…
from South Africa
Thank you Amanda for arranging that my sister could join mid-way through our trip from Cape Town to Victoria Falls. Africa travel is not easy, but your great help made it all possible. My sis and I shared some amazing moments in the Okavango…
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