Okavango Delta Safari

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Okavango Delta tour

Recommended Okavango Delta tours

An Okavango Delta tour usually lies at the heart of a Botswana safari. A vast wetland wilderness, it is best explored from fly-in lodges set deep in the delta where you’ll explore by boat and canoe as well as on foot. This is where you’ll have the best water-based experience, searching for hippos, crocodiles and aquatic antelope. To experience the dry-land habitats of the Okavango, you’ll need to spend time in the Moremi Game Reserve.

This famous conservation area protects much of the Okavango Delta and its grasslands and woodlands teem with wildlife. The focus in Moremi is on 4X4 game drives; privately-located camps offer night drives and walks too. And with Savuti and the Chobe National Park just a short flight away, it’s easy to combine the Okavango Delta with Botswana’s other top wildlife destinations, ensuring an epic game viewing safari tour.

Browse our recommended safaris below, each including an Okavango Delta tour. There are opportunities to add on Botswana’s Kalahari too – the classic desert and delta tour – as well as to finish at Victoria Falls on either the Zambia or Zimbabwe side of the Zambezi River.

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Top Experiences

THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO

1. Sit Back in a Mokoro

Steered by a local guide, your flat-bottomed mokoro (canoe) takes you into the delta’s shallow wetlands – great for birding & photography. Contact us for more info about lodges and high water seasons.

2. Walk the Delta

Guided nature walks on the islands of the Okavango Delta are a highlight for many visitors – you’ll learn about medicinal trees, look for rare birds, identify animal tracks & get to see some animals.

3. Cruise the River

Swop an afternoon game drive for a motor boat safari, a great way to discover the delta. You’ll spot hippos & crocodiles plus dozens of different birds & finish the day at the best sunset spots.

4. Get Romantic

Breathtaking scenery, stunning sunsets plus super-exclusive accommodation: the Okavango Delta is one of the most romantic destinations in Africa. Honeymooners can expect private dining, spa pampering & plenty of romantic surprises.

5. Go Bird Watching

Home to around 500 recorded bird species, the Okavango Delta is a birder’s paradise, especially in the summer when migrant birds arrive. Ask for a specialist bird guide & try for the region’s ‘mega-tick’ – the ever-elusive Pel’s Fishing-Owl.

6. Go on a Game Drive

Led by a professional guide, 4X4 game drives give you the best chances of seeing big game in the drier areas of the delta. Several lodges have a great reputation for vehicle-based game viewing; private reserves offer night drives & off-road driving too – ask us for the best ones.

7. Search for Wild Dogs

The delta’s grassy floodplains are packed with antelope, making them classic hunting territory for the highly endangered wild dog, one of the most sought-after sightings on an African safari. Head for the drier margins of the delta or ask us for recommendations.

8. Drop a Line Overboard

Whether you are a keen angler or just fancy trying your luck, many lodges offer fishing as an activity. It’s mostly catch-&-release but you can fish for your supper too. Serious fishermen will want to experience the delta’s infamous catfish run – get more info.

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