The Okavango Delta is an unusual pulsing wetland. More correctly, an alluvial fan, the delta covers between 6 and 15 000 square kilometers of Kalahari Desert in northern Botswana and Okavango (Kavango) River, which flows from the Angolan ridges, beyond Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, and into the harsh Kalahari Desert.
Very much at the centre of Botswana’s safari industry, the Okavango Delta stars some of Africa’s premier lodges and camps.
How to reach Okavango Delta?
Your port of entry is Maun International Airport (MUB).
To get to Okavango Delta, you can fly via Cape Town, Johannesburg or Kasane. Once in Maun, the vacation begins as you jump on a small plane that flies you to your first accommodation. Look down during the flight and gaze at wildlife, palm tree islands, reeds beds, and waterways. Welcome to the Okavango Delta!
What to see here?
Moremi Game Reserve in Okavango Delta
Moremi Game Reserve: Moremi Game Reserve is a protected area in Okavango Delta. It lies on the delta’s eastern side and was named after Chief Moremi of the BaTawana tribe. Moremi was chosen as a game reserve, rather than a national park when it was created. The Moremi Game Reserve offers visitors a sweeping mix of forested areas, floodplains, and extensive savannah plains. Such an environment provides refuge for around 650 bird species and other wildlife species, including giraffe, hyena, leopard, lion, cheetah, and red lechwe. Also, the reserve is home to a large portion of Africa’s wild dogs – catching a glimpse of these threatened beautiful ‘painted’ creatures is undoubtedly something special. Taking a mokoro trip is a must here, and it allows the visitor to witness wildlife from a somewhat different perspective as you cross the channels and lagoons. You can also travel in a vehicle or on foot.
Okavango Delta Game Dives.
During your visit, you should not forget to try several game drives. Here, you can observe leopards sneaking towards their prey, hippos presenting their pink bellies in a waterhole, or lions sleeping on their backs – paws aloft. During a game drive, you travel in a specially adapted vehicle (mostly open top) to seek the prominent game species. Knowledgable, experienced and passionate trackers and rangers lead all the game drives. Most of them have grown up in the region or have lived there for many years. Your guide’s profound understanding of wildlife and its response guarantees that all animals are treated with dignity and respect. This bond also helps them tracking animals and noticing details nobody else sees.
Okavango Delta bush walks.
Although the local animals have adjusted to jeeps’ presence, during a bush-walk, you can get even closer. Together with an expert guide, you may spot that gangly giraffe; and reaching next to it is strangely overwhelming. All your senses are stimulated as you hear the animals snorting, sniffing the soil and feeling the tall grass that crackles with every move. Don’t miss out on this enthralling safari experience. For safety reasons, most operators only allow teenagers from fourteen years and older on a game walk.