There are few wild places on Earth that offer the same unique combination of spectacular wildlife, beautiful scenery, palm-fringed waterways, remote islands and vast unspoilt wilderness than Botswana's Okavango Delta. The Okavango swamps are formed by the annual flooding of the Okavango River, which opens into a vast life-giving oasis in Botswana's desert. The delta attracts huge numbers of wildlife due to the permanent water available here.
- Vast unspoilt wilderness area
- Large choice of safari lodges
- Excellent game viewing (including the Big Five on Chief's Island)
- Mokoro trips (dugout canoes) through the delta
- Boat cruises
- 4x4 open safari vehicle game drives
- Guided bush walks
- Prolific birdlife
A large variety of safari camps and game lodges are situated in the Okavango Delta. Some of them are more land-based, meaning their primary game-viewing activity is game drives, while others are more water-based, offering water-based activities such as mokoro trips and boat cruises. Many lodges offer a combination of land-based and boat-based game viewing.
The Okavango Delta offers a truly unforgettable wilderness experience, with some of the best game viewing and most remote lodges in Botswana. Its vast size and abundant wildlife ensures that every visit to the Okavango is different. The lodges in the Okavango Delta are expensive compared to other safari destinations, but well worth the cost. Some of the lodges are situated in private concession areas, where night drives, bush walks, fishing and off-road driving is permitted. These activities are not permitted at lodges situated in the national parks.
An island safari to the beautiful Okavango is rewarding and rejuvenating. We can strongly recommend the Okavango Delta as a luxury safari destination.
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Camp Moremi is a serene tented camp at the edge of the Okavango Delta, within the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana. Renowned as one of the best game-viewing areas in Botswana, the Xakanaxa area surrounding this camp offers you the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Okavango from open 4x4 vehicles, motorised river boats or even from your private viewing deck.
Chief's Camp is an idyllic luxury safari camp and one of only two lodges situated on Chief's Island in Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta – the only place in Botswana where rhinos can be found in their natural environment. The area around Chief's Island is seasonally submerged by floodwaters and offers exceptional game viewing all year round. Chief's Island is home to the Big Five and is known as the "predator capital of Africa".