The Okavango Delta

The superlatives of the written word can barely do the Okavango Delta justice. Situated within touching distance of Chobe National Park in Botswana’s north, it’s the world’s largest inland delta, the 1000th UNESCO World Heritage Site to gain this much sought after designation, and an area of lagoon-like channels so vast it can be seen by astronauts in low Earth orbit aboard the International Space Station.

Carpeted in reeds, the Okavango Delta occupies its greatest extent during the dry season. Peak water levels arrive in July and August, before the southern African sun slowly evaporates the fresh water of the delta’s most-extensive areas until the next green season in neighboring Angola.

This makes April through to October the best time to visit the Okavango Delta in order to undertake community-led mokoro canoe safaris. Slipping silently through the reeds at eye-level with submerged crocs in search of elephant, giraffe, and other big game species is what makes the Okavango Delta unique. Drifting off to sleep in a lagoon-side lodge to the sound of wallowing hippos is equally spine-tingling.

But the Okavango’s offerings also extend to walking safaris in the Big Five landscape of Chief’s Island – a former royal hunting ground, picnics shaded by the delta’s fine trees, horse-riding safaris among the region’s zebra and antelope species, and even helicopter sightseeing flights to take in the Okavango’s magnificence and size without the need for any training from NASA.

Opt for one of the private concessions which ring the delta’s heart, and night time safaris can be added to the long list of reasons to visit the ever-extraordinary Okavango Delta.

Top Botswana Travel Destinations

Central Kalahari Game Reserve / Chobe National Park / Kwando, Selinda, & Linyanti Reserves / Makgadikgadi Pans & Nxai Pan National Parks / Maun / Moremi Game Reserve

The Big Five

African Elephant / Cape Buffalo / Leopard / Lion / Rhino

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