The reason most people visit Botswana in the first place is to experience all that is The Okavango Delta. With her crystal clear waters and spectacular wildlife and birdlife sightings, her range of safari activities and of course, all those stunning safari lodges and camps. The Okavango is one of Africa's most sought after safari destinations, and for good reason, it is utterly amazing.
Okavango Delta Facts
- Size: 15 000km²
- When to visit the park: Year-round, most of the lodges and camps offer activities as per water levels
- Climate: Summers are hot with rainstorms, and winters are mild are dry
- Rainfall: 525mm per annum varying
- Altitude: 930m - 1000m above sea level
- Location: meandering waterways in Northwestern region of Botswana near Maun
- Accommodation: Lodges In The Okavango Delta
Where is Okavango Delta located?
The far northwestern region of Botswana is home to the famed Okavango Delta. The source of the Okavango lies within Angola, and her waters pass through both Angola and Namibia to get into Botswana's Kalahari basin. Moremi Game Reserve is found within the Okavango Delta to the southeast.
To view the Okavango from HERE Maps, click here: HERE Maps - Okavango Delta
Information On The Okavango Delta
A magical water world set in a lush environment, the Okavango Delta, in the midst of the Kalahari, is Africa's largest and most spectacular inland delta.
Wildlife sightings are nothing short of fantastic; one has the chance to spot elephant, hippopotamus, Cape buffalo, wildebeest, kudu, sable, roan and impala, to mention but a few. These dense concentrations of game are closely accompanied by lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, and wild dog.
Birds are everywhere, from the majestic fish eagles, exotic herons, brightly coloured bee-eaters and even rarities like the slaty egrets and Pel's fishing owl.
Inhabiting the waters of the Delta are an estimated 35 million fish of almost 80 species.
Best Time to Visit The Okavango Delta?
This question is as tricky as it gets, and in our opinion, it will depend on how you react to heat and what your expectations would be when visiting the Okavango. Summer days are hot with rain showers, while winter days are mild to warm with no rainfall.
In the summer months, the waters of the delta are at their lowest, while in the winter months, the waters of the delta are at their highest. So the question one has to ask is what do you, our client want when visiting the Okavango Delta? Is it purely water-based safari activities, is it purely land-based safari activities, or would you prefer a combination of both?
There are a lot of safari lodges and camps in the delta that offer activities based on the levels of the water, while in summer, they can only do game drives, but come winter and the rising waters of the Okavango, game drives fall away, and the only activities available are water-based.
We would suggest that the Okavango Delta is a year-round destination and leave you to advise us what you are looking for when in the Okavango Delta; like we mentioned before, it is a tricky question to answer.
Main Attractions Of The Okavango Delta
- Poling in a dugout canoe (mokoro) through lagoons crammed with water lilies, hippos and wildlife
- Fishing in the Delta (for the prized Tigerfish and Bream)
- Game Drives when the water levels are low
- Exceptional wildlife and birdlife
- Moremi Game Reserve
- Being so remote and far away from human settlements
- The town of Maun is an interesting visit
- A range of lodges and camps across all budgets
- And if you have the budget, a few days (or more) on 'Chief's Island'