The Delta is a huge expanse of water, which has travelled from the Angolan highlands, spreading out to form the largest inland delta in the world. Studded with exotic islands, The Delta is renowned for its incredible variety of bird life and animals and is unique to Southern Africa.
Mokoros are traditional dug out canoes manoeuvred through the waterways by local guides who “pole” them through the reeds. In the past trees were chopped down and hollowed out to make the mokoro. Today they are made from a synthetic material in order to protect the environment.
Millions of years ago the Okavango river use to flow into a large inland lake called Lake Makgadikgadi (now Makgadikgadi Pans). Tectonic activity and faulting interrupted the flow of the river causing it to backup and form the delta.
The delta’s floods are fed from the Angolan rains, which start in October and finish sometime in April. The floods only cross the border between Botswana and Namibia in December and will only reach the bottom end of the delta (Maun) sometime in July. Taking almost nine months from the source to the bottom, the slow pace of the flood is due to the lack of drop in elevation, which drops a little more than 60 metres over a distance of 450 kilometres. The delta’s water ends in the Kalahari – via the Botetle river, with over 95 per cent of the water eventually evaporating.
The delta has crocodile, red lechwe, sitatunga, elephant, wild dogs, buffalo and wattled crane, as well as more common mammals and bird life.
To get you started with planning your holiday to Okavango Delta, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to Africa