Botswana’s Okavango Delta is arguably the country’s most well-known attraction and one of the most sought after wildlife destinations in the world. Once part of the ancient Lake Makgadigadi, the Delta was formed by the Okavango river reaching a tectonic trough in the Kalahari basin. With the Okavango river flooding seasonally from Angola, the Okavango Delta is a rich source of plant life – in turn attracting a veritable abundance of animal and birdlife.
Home to all of the Big Five, the Brown and Spotted Hyena as well as the Black and White Rhinoceros, the Okavango Delta also has one of the richest pack densities of the African Wild Dog in Africa. For the bird lovers, there are over 400 species of birds that call the Delta home and the resultant symphony of bird calls is quite remarkable. Hippos and crocodiles join over 70 species of fish in the Okavango’s mighty waters. Plant life is equally rich with there having been in excess of 1300 species of flowering plants recorded.
The traditional method of transport in the Okavango Delta is the Mokoro – a wooden canoe that has been in use by the locals of the region for many years. An expert guide will wind you through the lagoons and channels of the Delta while you experience nature unfolding all around you. There are few better means of observing wildlife in it’s natural habitat anywhere in the world.
When it comes to staying in the Okavango Delta, you can’t go wrong with Wilderness Safaris’ Vumbura Plains and Kings Pool camps – both camps offering the perfect mix of hospitality and game experience. For even greater exclusivity and luxury, there’s Mombo Camp and Chiefs Camp on Chiefs Island – the largest island in the Delta, and the core area for resident wildlife when the water rises. Chiefs Island is the only place in the Okavango Delta where you can see rhino, and the game experience here is incredible.
The Okavango Delta is unlike any other safari destination…discover it!