Okavango Delta Featured, Top Destinations
The Okavango Delta in Botswana - 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. 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.
* Okavango Delta Highlights
- ∞ Vast unspoilt wilderness area
- ∞ Large choice of safari lodges
- ∞ Excellent game viewing (including the Big 5 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, and others are more water-based, which offer more water-based activities: 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 some of the 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. Normally these things 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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