Okavango Delta in Botswana

The world’s largest inland delta is formed by the Okavango River in the Angolan highlands 

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Okavango Delta Region Day By Day

Discover the raw beauty of the Okavango Delta

The best African safari adventures ignore the beaten track. Our Okavango Delta safari - bound Luxventure® trips boldly go where only a few daring pioneers have ventured before. We realise that the most inspiring things to do in Botswana do not lie within the confines of its luxury camps or premier lodges, which is why we took the road less travelled to find the most awe-inspiring experiences this fascinating region has to offer.

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The Okavango Delta

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The Okavango Delta is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Africa.

The delta’s mere existence is so miraculous that it has been deemed one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Africa, alongside other epic destinations such as the Victoria Falls and Mount Kilimanjaro. Having explored this region extensively ourselves, we’re not surprised in the least – it’s simply astounding. Consisting of channels, tributaries and lagoons as well as floodplains, islands and mainland areas, the water that overflows from the high-rainfall region of Southern Angola into the rift basin of the delta transforms a bone-dry savannah into a lush wetland.

Once the transformation is complete, visitors encounter deep, still pools, papyrus-lined channels and secret waterways that encircle palm-fringed islands before feeding into natural lagoons. The best way to around is by mokoro (a dugout canoe that dates back to the 18th century) with a skilled poler at the helm; or by powerboat in deeper waters.

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Things to do & animals to see in the Okavango Delta

Wildlife enthusiasts, assemble! There is no better place to get up close and personal with Africa’s famed Big Five and a whole lot of other amazing creatures besides. Best of all – you’ll do so in a completely unique setting. Lions are impressive, yes, but have you ever seen a pride of these big cats traverse a floodplain by swimming from one island to the next? Or how about a Red Lechwe - an antelope endemic to the wetlands that has adapted to its environment to such an extent that its coat is greasy and water-repellent, allowing it to sprint through knee-deep water when threatened?

Naturally, the other must-see species also abound. When the lush grasslands spring up in the wake of the floodwaters, birds, antelope, elephants, zebra, buffalo and wildebeest migrate to its ample reaches from the arid north. Predators follow, bringing lions, leopards, cheetahs and wild dogs into the fold. The rare aquatic Sitatunga antelope which has made this pristine wetland ecosystem its home is also more prevalent at this time.

Aside from taking to the wetlands in a mokoro or by speedboat, there are plenty of other ways to get in on this incredible wildlife action. Guests can enjoy guided walking safaris on the islands to learn how to track wildlife and understand animal movement, patterns and behaviour; or take a scenic helicopter ride over the delta to appreciate its magnificence from a different vantage point. Those who are feeling particularly daring could even try their hand at tiger-fishing next to the hippos! These hard-fighting freshwater fish is renowned for its escape tactics and will attack prey as big as itself on its hunting expeditions, so bringing one down is the thrill of a lifetime.

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When is the best time to visit the Okavango Delta?

The best time to visit is between July and September. By then, most of the wildlife have made their way down to the wetland, and water levels are optimal for mokoro safaris along the riverways. In your traditional dugout canoe, navigated by your 'poler' using his 'ngashi' you will be able to come face to face with elephants and hippos in the waterways.

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Where to stay in the Okavango Delta

Because the area is so popular with visitors from all over the globe, the range of accommodation options is quite extensive. Depending on the level of comfort you prefer during your stay, you’ll have your pick from high-end lodges with all the bells and whistles, tented camps that bring you closer to nature, and eco-destinations with unusual locations. The choice is yours and any reputable travel provider should be able to assist you in finding a spot that tick all your boxes.

Are you ready to embark on one of the best African safari adventures to be had in 2018? Let us show you the most adventurous things to do in Botswana’s Okavango Delta and beyond. Book your Luxventure® trip today and get ready to experience life without limits with Ker & Downey Africa. 

LuxVenture® trips to the Okavango Delta

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Okavango Delta + Chobe Safari

Our best-selling six day Botswana safari ticks all the boxes at an unbeatable price.

Duration 6 Days
Price from $2,985 - $4,898
When All year round
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Chobe River + Okavango Delta Luxury Safari

Explore Botswana in style on our popular 7 day Chobe river cruise and Okavango Delta luxury safari.

Duration 7 Days
Price from $6,333
When All year round
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Botswana & Victoria Falls "Into The Wild" Safari

Combine untouched wilderness and unparalleled game viewing with the adventure capital of Africa and you've got a LuxVenture® for the bucket list.

Duration 8 Days
Price from $5,462 - $7,249
When All year round
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African Quadripoint Experience

The only quadripoint in existence on earth is in Africa. We just had to experience if for ourselves.

Duration 9 Days
Price from $6,125 - $11,619
When May - Sep
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Botswana Explorer Safari

Experience the distinct landscapes of Botswana's most iconic destinations on this LuxVenture® Experience to Chobe, Okavango Delta + the Kalahari desert.

Duration 10 Days
Price $7,090 - $11,470
When Apr - Oct
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Victoria Falls and Botswana Safari

An adventure-heavy safari to Botswana + Victoria Falls.  

Duration 10 Days
Price from $5,325 - $7,315
When All Year Around

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