Mokoro boat gliding along the Okavango River

Visit the Okavango Delta

About Okavango Delta

Starting in Angola and never quite making its way to the ocean, the Okavango River snakes its way through the vast flat plains of Botswana, making the Okavango Delta an oasis of life. The landscape there is made up of thick swathes of vivid green foliage that flourish in the abundance of water that periodically overflows from the river on to the surrounding land. During the dry season, the area becomes a sanctuary for the indigenous creatures of the country as they migrate to the delta in search of water. All kinds of animals such as hippos, elephants, big cats and buffaloes seek solace in this vast watery haven.

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For those interested in catching a glimpse of the incredibly rare and endangered black rhino or cheetah, the Okavanago Delta is a great place to begin your search. Visitors to the area might also get the chance to witness some of the thousands of rock paintings, which date back centuries. In fact it is estimated that the Okavango Delta has been inhabited for, at the very least, 100,000 years, although it is likely that it could be much more than this.

One of the best ways to see this wonderful region is to take a tour along the water in a mokoro, a narrow, wooden boat that is pushed by a long pole, similar to a Venetian gondola. The lack of motor means that it glides silently through the water, allowing passengers to get up close and personal with the wildlife that dwells near the water. Game drives are also available, particularly in remote and secluded areas, so travellers are sure to have a premier experience. Tours on horseback are another popular way of seeing the area and many nature-lovers also choose to participate in fishing excursions.

Okavango Delta Tours

Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Okavango Delta

Elephants Walking in the Okavango Delta | Botswana | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Elephants & Falls

9 days FROM $1,389
San Bushmen | Botswana | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Falls to Namibia

10 days FROM $985
Victoria Falls | Zimbabwe & Zambia | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Namibia to Falls

10 days FROM $985
Victoria Falls | Zimbabwe & Zambia | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Falls to Joburg

12 days FROM $1,255
Chobe Boat Cruise | Botswana | AfricaCultural Experiences, Local Partners

Botswana Untouched

13 days FROM $3,695
Zebras drinking | African Safaris | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Cape to Falls

22 days FROM $1,615
Dune 45 | Namibia | AfricaCultural Experiences, Local Partners

Cape, Namibia & Falls

22 Days FROM $4,285
Fish River Canyon | Namibia | South AfricaCultural Experiences, Local Partners

Falls, Namibia & Cape

22 Days FROM $4,285
Leopard in a tree | African Safaris | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Kenya to Kruger

33 days FROM $2,785
Okavango Delta | Botswana | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

An African Adventure

37 days FROM $3,055
Table Mountain | Cape Town | South Africa | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Kenya to Cape

43 days FROM $3,505
Zebras | African Safaris | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

The Big Overlander

47 days FROM $4,405
Lions in Samburu National Park | Kenya | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Great African Expedition

57 days FROM $5,035
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Okavango Delta Hotels

If you are planning a Okavango Delta holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Guma Lagoon Camp Okavango Delta

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Set in shade gardens, Guma Lagoon Camp offers beautiful canvas chalets each with their own private view of the water. Each chalet contains beautiful teak beds and en-suite bathrooms. In the mornings guests can take a walk down to the main decking area to watch the sun rise over the lagoon with a steaming hot cup of complimentary tea or coffee. The lodge is situated along the banks of the Guma Lagoon on the northwestern side of the Okavango Delta.

Gunn's Camp Okavango Delta

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Overlooking the legendary Chief's Island and bordering Moremi Game Reserve, Gunn's Camp is one of the last few remaining luxury, vintage safari camps, which achieves a fine balance of comfort and privacy, allowing guests to enjoy the sights and sounds of the wild. Accommodation consists of 15 deluxe en-suite meru tents with private viewing decks. The island is connected to the main camp by a small causeway crossing the wetlands, lit by a series of fairy like lanterns. The camp is situated on the borders of the Moremi Game Reserve and the Okavango Delta.

Kanana Camp Okavango Delta

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: Luxury Lodge

Kanana Camp has luxury-style tents. All of the common facilities of the camp are built on stilts to ensure some dazzling vistas of the floodplains for visitors to enjoy. It is built among spectacular shade trees of ebony, knob thorn acacia and the sausage tree. The dining and sitting areas are raised on decking encircling a massive ancient fig tree. Kanana Camp is located in the remote inner reaches of the Okavango Delta.

Nguma Island Lodge Okavango Delta

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Nguma Island Lodge is situated on the banks of the lagoon, bordered by palm trees, papyrus and reed beds. Accommodation is in eight stilted luxury, meru en-suite tents. Delicious meals are served onsite three times a day and a number of different activities including birdwatching are available from the lodge. A 50 minute boat ride brings you to the main Okavango River in the panhandle filled with tiger fish. The many inlets here offer good bream fishing.

Pom Pom Camp Okavango Delta

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Sitting on an island in a private concession, Pom Pom Camp offers nine luxury safari tents overlooking Pom Pom lagoon. The tents are designed in a traditional African style with pretty outdoor shower facilities and comfortable beds. The lodge offers exciting game drives, mokoro trips and guided bush walks - the perfect way to explore this natural wonderland. The guides are also expert fishermen and will be more than happy to show you the best spots of a bit of Bream or Pike! The lodge is in the Matsebe concession area of the Okavango Delta.

Okavango Delta Tailor made suggestions

Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Okavango Delta.

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