Africa is full of incredible natural landscapes including the huge inland delta; the Okavango Delta. The sheer size and uniqueness that the delta is not unsurpassed by the fact that it does not flow into a sea or ocean but ultimately evaporated and transpired. The Okavango Delta is classed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa and found in Botswana. Technically not a national park in itself but a flat and huge inland delta ecosystem caused by seasonal flooding. Water is permanent in the delta but swells to three times its usual size during the wet months of March – June.
Take a wildlife enriched boat safari through the Okavango Delta to experience nature at its best, up close and wild. Here, traditional mokoro or wooden canoe is the best method of transport weaving easily through the long reeds. It makes for a pleasant journey to witness nature in a quiet and peaceful setting. African Bush Elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe, lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena, black and white rhino, warthog, zebra and baboon are some of the magnificent wildlife that you will see here as well as over 400 species of bird. The delta is rich with life making for a fantastic Botswana Safari experience.
The Okavango Delta is home to some of the world’s most endangered large mammal species like the black rhinoceros and white rhinoceros, cheetah and African wild dogs. Spectacular photo opportunities present them selves while on safari in Botswana. the delta is rich with fish, the Nile crocodiles and hippopotamus with the Lechwe antelope being most populous, aptly suited to the marshes with elongated hooves and waterproof like substance on their legs.
The Okavango Delta provides the perfect playground for the water loving hippos however there are plenty of land based safaris available. The Okavango Delta seasonal flooding happens between March and July which coincides with Botswana’s dry season creating the migration of plain game animals from the dry hinterland.
Walking Safaris offer a unique perspective of exploring the Okavango Delta. Birding in the Okavango Delta wetlands is very rewarding. June to August is high water season but it is also provides the mild, dry climate suitable for taking a Safari to Botswana.