Okavango Delta

Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta inspires images of herds of dainty antelope dashing through floodwaters, of lion hunting large herds of Cape buffalo, leopards lazily surveying the terrain from the branches of a tree and of elephant standing waist deep in the floodwaters. The reality is that the Delta offers this and much more besides, it truly is one of the world's most extraordinary ecosystems and offers an unparalleled game viewing experience.

The Okavango is the largest inland delta in the world, fed by the waters descending from Angola, reaching their peak, paradoxically, in the middle of the dry season (July/August). The floodwaters transform the Delta from  its dry, desert state (it lies in the heart of the Kalahari basin) to a beautiful oasis, supporting a remarkable variety of animal, bird and plant life and is home to Africa's most exclusive safari lodges.

The Delta is made up of the Moremi Game Reserve, the private concessions further West and The Panhandle, which is the main part of the Okavango River before the channels fan out. This section concentrates on the private concessions and The Panhandle, discussing the features of various camps and areas and giving one a better idea of what can be done in the Delta.

The game viewing here is truly outstanding, with lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and a huge variety of antelope and plains game species found year round. It is also a bird watchers paradise, with rare species such as the Pel's fishing owl often found close to specific camps. The plains game tend to give birth to their young during the rainy season, meaning large herds can be seen grazing, with the adults staying alert to the constant threat of predators who are never far away.

The vastness of the Delta means that there are many different styles of camps to choose from, with them being loosely grouped as follows. "Dry" camps tend to focus solely on game drives and walking, with "wet" camps further in to the Delta offering activities such as mokoro canoe safaris, fishing, motorboat trips and guided walks. The are also "mixed" camps that offer a bit of both, but these do tend to be more seasonal and are dependent on water levels.

The camps we recommend do depend on your interest and how you want to enjoy your game viewing, whilst there are some camps that offer very specific game viewing experiences. Duba Plains for instance, offers guests the chance to see the lion hunting buffalo, as featured on the National Geographic series "Relentless Enemies", whilst birding enthusiasts are drawn to camps such as Xigera to see the resident Pel's fishing owl. All of the camps in this area of the Delta are on private concessions, meaning a truly wild safari experience, uninterrupted by other vehicles and visitors.

However you choose to enjoy the Delta, by mokoro canoe, in game viewing vehicles or on foot, you will be assured of the most amazing safari experience you could wish for. Animals big and small are all around and the incredible guides really bring the magic of the whole area to life. An experience not to be missed.

Wildlife: Lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, red lechwe, tsessebe, giraffe, impala, kudu, Pel's fishing owl, wattled crane, black coucal

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Highlights

  • See the Lion and Buffalo  interactions from Duba Plains, an extraordinary sight rarely seen anywhere else in Africa
  • Spend an afternoon in a mokoro canoe as your guide paddles you along the waterways searching for the rare Pel's fishing owl
  • A stay at Abu Camp will allow you to enjoy elephant interactions and even an afternoon safari by elephant back - a magical experience
  • Enjoy watching herds of antelope such as the red lechwe as they make their way through the floodwaters - a spectacular sight
  • Many camps are now offering the chance to take a helicopter trip above the Delta. This is a wonderful chance to get a totally different perspective and see just how vast the network of channels and floodwaters is

Seasons

The Delta is famed for its water levels and water based activities, however, paradoxically, the water levels  are inversely proportional to the rainfall in the Delta, as the floodwaters come from the far off highlands of Angola.

  • November to April: The rainy season sees a handful of camps close for a few weeks, but this is still a great time for safari. Plains game give birth to their young meaning the predators are never far away. A spectacular time of year for birding as well.
  • June to October: The rains recede, floodwaters arrive and the Delta transforms from its dry state to a huge floodplain, interspersed with islands and dry areas. Game viewing is at  its best and you can enjoy a huge range of activities. It can get very hot towards the end of the dry season.
  • Even if you are travelling in the rainy season when water levels tend to be lower, there are still some camps in the heart of the Delta where you can enjoy water based activities.
  • If you want to enjoy an elephant interaction stay at either Abu Camp or Sanctuary Stanley's Camp where this amazing experience is on offer.  Abu Camp also offers elephant back safaris.
  • The rainy season (November to March) sees many camps offer reduced rates and it is still a wonderful time to be in the Delta, especially for birding enthusiasts.
  • A 6 night or more stay at a combination of Eagle Island Camp, Savute Elephant Camp and Khwai River Lodge will entitle you to a free 35 minute helicopter trip over the Delta.
  • The Delta offers some fantastic mobile safari options where you can walk from camp to camp or even canoe, spending nights camped out on islands beneath the stars, an amazing way to enjoy your safari.
Abu Camp

Abu Camp

Abu Camp is one of the leading camps in the Wilderness Safaris portfolio, offering guests the chance to enjoy a walk with the elephant and the guides and their handlers will educate you about what makes them tick. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is enough to attract guests to Abu Camp alone, but there is so much more to enjoy. The game viewing ...
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Belmond Eagle Island Lodge

Belmond Eagle Island Lodge

Belmond Eagle Island Lodge in Botswana’s Okavango Delta is the ultimate luxury safari paradise.Situated on remote Xaxaba island among a web of waterways and lush vegetation, it overlooks a lagoon that attracts a breathtaking variety of big game and exotic birds. Explore the region by local canoe, set out on a game drive or roam on foot.A wond...
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Camp Okavango

Camp Okavango

Camp Okavango enjoys a remote location in Botswana’s  Okavango Delta surrounded by the lagoons, lakes and channels of this water wilderness.  The viewing decks, public areas and rooms at Camp Okavango are linked by raised wooden walkways with expansive views across the delta. Expert guides will take you through silently th...
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Delta Camp

Delta Camp

Delta Camp is situated amongst the natural bush and flood-plains of the famous Okavango Delta - one of the world's premier wilderness areas. Stay in exquisite accommodation while enjoying the variety of wildlife this location has to offer. Spend your days exploring the swamps in dug-out canoes or on walking safaris on the area's many island...
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Duba Plains Camp

Duba Plains Camp

Rebuilt and reopened in March 2017 Duba Plains Camp is one of the best in Botswana's Okavango Delta. Located on a private concession the variety and volume of animal life is legendary with the opportunity for some exceptional wildlife encounters. With just five luxurious and spacious tents plus a two bedroom suite Duba Plains is an intimat...
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Footsteps Camp

Footsteps Camp

 Footsteps Camp is uniquely in tune with its surroundings. A safari in the old fashioned sense of the world, you sleep, eat and walk in the bush - but not at any cost to luxury. Its genuine genuine bush-camp atmosphere and it's friendly and dedicated team makes this camp one of the best walking-focussed safari in the Ok...
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Gunn's Camp

Gunn's Camp

Gunn's Camp is hidden on the beautiful Ntwsi Island on the border of the game rich Moremi Game Reserve and is regarded as one of the few remaining "luxury vintage" camps in the Delta. With just 6 tents in total, it offers a wonderful feeling of privacy and as such is very popular with Honeymooners. The tents all have outdoor showers a...
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Jacana

Jacana

Few camps in the Delta offer the chance to enjoy both game drives and mokoro safaris all year round, but Jacana is ideally located to do just this. The 5 suites are built on raised decking areas looking out onto the water and make for a great spot to sit and enjoy the abundant bird life of the area. As well as game drives and mokoro safaris, boatin...
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Jao Camp

Jao Camp

Set on a remote island and accessed only by air, Jao Camp is situated in the heart of the Okavango Delta and ensures a private and secluded experience in a classic African wilderness. Built on several levels and decorated with local carvings and artwork, Jao Camp also features excellent spa facilities and stunning scenery - little wonder then that ...
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Kanana Camp

Kanana Camp

Kanana is a hidden jewel set on the Xudum River in the southwest of the Okavango Delta. At Kanana Camp guests are accommodated in 8 spacious, twin-bedded Meru-style tents, set on raised teak decks, offering breathtaking views across the waterways.
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Kwetsani Camp

Kwetsani Camp

Remote Kwetsani Camp is located on an island in the private Jao Concession, west of Chief's Island and adjoining the Moremi Game Reserve. The accommodation at this luxurious camp consists of spacious treehouse chalets, raised on stilts beneath a shady canopy of trees and overlooking wildlife-filled floodplains. Kwetsani Camp offers a wide range...
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Little Tubu

Little Tubu

Little Tubu is set on Hunda Island, which is one of the largest expanses of dry land in the Delta, meaning you have a vast area to traverse on game drives giving a fantastically diverse game viewing experience. During the winter water based activities are available and, however you explore the area you will be assured of a fantastic game viewing ex...
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Little Vumbura

Little Vumbura

Little Vumbara has a truly enviable location on a small wooded island, not far from it's sister camp, the larger Vumbura Plains. The island location means a year round supply of water around the camp and a great variety of activities to choose from no matter when you visit. It also ensures that animals can always be found near to the camp,...
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Mapula Lodge

Mapula Lodge

Flexibility is the order of the day at Mapula, with the day's programme of activities planned around individual guests. Whether you want to combine walks and game drives, or head out all day on a mokoro with a picnic lunch, the staff at Mapula will be able to arrange. The game viewing in the area is fantastic, so however you explore the bu...
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Moremi Crossing

Moremi Crossing

Moremi Crossing is found on Ntswi Island, not far from it's smaller sister camp Gunn's and, whilst offering a similar experience, it has a more open, family feel to it, with 16 tents including a 2 bedroom family unit. The focus here, as at Gunn's is on water based activities, with the permanent water meaning mokoro and boat trips can be...
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Nxabega Camp

Nxabega Camp

Boasting an enviable location close to permanent water (meaning all round mokoro trips) Nxabega occupies a 25,000 hectare private concession in a game rich sector of the Okavango Delta. As well as fantastic predator sightings, Nxabega boasts a diverse and interesting birdlife and twitchers will be especially interested in the frequent sighting...
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Oddballs’ Camp

Oddballs’ Camp

Oddballs Camp is located deep in the heart of the Okavango Delta. The camp has a lovely, rustic feel which allows you to experience the tranquillity of the area while gazing over the vast sweep of the Delta as the sun sets over the water.
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Pelo Camp

Pelo Camp

Pelo Camp operates between April and October, offering guests an adventurous and traditional way to explore the Delta. There are nopermanent structures making this a very eco friendly camp and the location right on the water is absolutely stunning. The location means no game drives take place from Pelo, with guests exploring the area on foot a...
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Pom Pom Camp

Pom Pom Camp

Pom Pom is a safari traditionalists dream, nestled in the heart of the Delta overlooking a permanent lagoon which offers a stunning backdrop to the lodge throughout the year. With just 9 suites including a family tent, there is a fantastic feeling of privacy within the lodge, with the superb staff helping to create a warm, cozy, home away from home...
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Royal Delta Lodge

Royal Delta Lodge

Royal Delta Lodge will open in March 2017.Situated in the heart of the Okavango Delta overlooking lagoon a frequented by wildlife, The Royal Delta Lodge boasts 10 contemporary luxury safari tents on raised platforms featuring private decks and pools, which blend seamlessly into the surrounding area.Each suite comes with private ...
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Sanctuary Baines' Camp

Sanctuary Baines' Camp

Sanctuary Baines’ Camp is a smallest camp and has only five luxurious suites. With star baths and sky beds on your private deck, this is a romantic oasis. Set in a grove of trees, and surrounded by papyrus beds, Sanctuary Baines’ Camp is built on raised platforms high above the Boro River in a private concession bordering the Moremi Gam...
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Sanctuary Stanley's Camp

Sanctuary Stanley's Camp

 Sanctuary Stanley's Camp - Okavango Delta, BotswanaA classic tented camp located on a private concession in the Okavango Delta, Sanctuary Stanley's Camp offers a varied game viewing experience as well as our unique elephant interaction.  Set among ebony and sausage trees, Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is located on a 260,00...
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Seba Camp

Seba Camp

For families looking to enjoy the Okavango Delta, Seba Camp is really the standout option. The location allows for day and night drives during the summer, with the rising water levels of winter meaning mokoro trips, fishing and boating safaris all become the feature of a stay. Whatever the time of year, the dedicated children's guides mean that...
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Tubu Tree Camp

Tubu Tree Camp

Commanding a superb location on Hunda Island, Tubu Tree Camp allows for extensive game drives during the dry season and a variety of water based activities as the water levels in the Delta rise. The rooms are raised up offering spectacular views out over the surrounding bush, especially during the winter. The bar area is one of the most spectacular...
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Vumbura Plains Camp

Vumbura Plains Camp

Remotely located in the Northern part of the Okavango Delta, Vumbura Plains is a wonderfully luxurious base for your safari, made up of 2 satellite camps, Vumbura Plains North and South. The 14 rooms are spread between the 2 camps and give guests a beautiful place to return to after a long day exploring the Okavango Delta. The rooms are very comfor...
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Xigera Camp

Xigera Camp

Surrounded by lush vegetation and permanent water, Xigera is one of the unique camps in the Delta, with the benefit of offering a variety of activities year round. Your day will start with the reading of the camp "Newspaper", a sandy area by the camp which will reveal which nocturnal visitors the camp had, before heading out to explore th...
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Xudum Lodge

Xudum Lodge

Xudum is one of the most modern, stylish lodges in the Delta, offering superb game viewing in it's 272,000 hectare concession, with both land and water based activities on offer year round. Helicopter trips can also be enjoyed from the lodge, superb at any time of year but especially so when the Delta is in full flood and you can see the vast e...
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