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Considered to be one of the ecological wonders of the world, the Okavango Delta encompasses a wide diversity of wildlife habitats including lagoons, channels, grasslands, woodlands and palm-fringed islands.

Each year the waters flood, usually between May and September, before receding again, and the wildlife has adapted itself to these seasonal changes. You can expect to see lechwe, sitatunga, reedbuck, bushbuck, hippo, crocodile, elephant, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, impala and tsessebe. Predators – including lion, hyena, wild dog, leopard and cheetah – have also adapted to life in the delta, as have many smaller creatures.

The range of bird life is simply staggering, the channels and rivers are home to kingfishers, pygmy geese, fish eagles, jacanas, darters and the elusive Pel’s fishing owl, plus many, many others.

There are a large number of camps within the greater Okavango Delta area, each within a National Reserve or Private Reserve, known locally as a concession. Each camp and reserve is unique, with its own specialities in terms of habitat and wildlife. The activities offered will reflect this; some will be more water-based and others more land-based, depending on the location.

One of the highlights of a visit to the Okavango Delta is to glide silently through the sparkling waterways and channels in a traditional wooden dugout canoe – a mokoro – the means of transport used by local Tswana people for centuries. Noiseless mokoros are perfect vehicles for tracking the elusive and shy sitatunga, the many birds and other animals of the Delta.

The best way to experience the delta to the full and see its remarkable contrasts is to stay at two camps with contrasting locations and different activities.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: hippo, Nile crocodile, red lechwe, sitatunga, tsessebe
  • Where: Northern Botswana, Botswana

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Best of Botswana

This 13-day small group trip focuses on the abundant wildlife of Moremi Game Reserve, Khwai Concession and Chobe National Park, providing outstanding opportunities to see and photograph a wealth of Botswana's wildlife including lion, leopard, wild dog and vast herds of elephant.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,195 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Wings Over Botswana

Flying from camp to camp is one of the most exciting ways to experience Botswana’s stunning wilderness. From the rich vistas of Savuti-Linyanti, to the stunningly beautiful Moremi Game Reserve and the renowned Okavango Delta, this trip includes safaris by vehicle, on foot and by mokoro (canoe).

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

African Adventure: Zimbabwe, Botswana & Namibia

Journey through Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to observe southern Africa’s iconic wildlife in some of the continent’s finest national parks. Starting at the magnificent Victoria Falls, highlights include excursions in Hwange, Matobo, Moremi, Chobe and the serene Okavango Delta.

  • When to go: Jun-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,095 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Classic Africa Explorer

This 37-day comprehensive itinerary, which visits no less than seven countries, delivers the ultimate African safari experience and a wealth of contrasts. Travel to some of Africa’s best National Parks and stay in a range of classic lodges, hotels and tented camps on this wildlife trip of a lifetime.

  • When to go: Apr-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 37 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £16,495 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Green Season Secrets

In the Green Season the arrival of the summer rains transforms the dry land into verdant pastures dotted with wild flowers. At this time of plenty, there is no shortage of food, so many species choose to bring their young into the world, attracting the unwanted attention of various predators.

  • When to go: Nov-Mar
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £7,495 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Highlights of Northern Botswana

This small group trip incorporates prime wildlife areas, starting in the Okavango Delta, one of the ecological wonders of the world and home to predators such as lion, hyena, wild dog and leopard. Continuing on to Chobe National Park, you will find here one of Africa’s highest remaining concentrations of wildlife.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,095 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Kalahari in Bloom

Explore some of Botswana’s finest wildlife destinations during the scenic splendour of the green season as the arrival of the rains brings the landscape to life. As the arid plains are rejuvenated, large herds of herbivores gather to graze on the grasslands, followed by a host of predators, including hyena, cheetah and lion.

  • When to go: Oct-Mar
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

On the Trail of Elephants

This 18-day group tour focuses on the elephant hotspots of Namibia and Botswana, followed by a night at the world-famous Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Explore a variety of landscapes from desert to coast and grassland to wetland, to marvel at southern Africa's beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife.

  • When to go: Mar-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 18 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,545 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Return of the Rivers

In recent years, water levels in the Savuti Channel have risen again after around ten years of laying dry, with the result that the attracted wildlife can be seen with ease. Enjoy vehicle safaris to see herds of elephants, packs of wild dogs, zebra and wildebeest, and leisurely river trips by mokoro dugout canoe.

  • When to go: Apr-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,495 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Chitabe Camp

Built on one of the most beautiful islands in the Okavango Delta, this luxurious tented camp is located in the private Chitabe Concession, and consists of eight spacious East African style tents built on elevated wooden decks, beneath a lush tree canopy. A pool allows guests to cool off in the heat of the day.

Duba Plains

This small, intimate camp stands on a wooded island within a large private concession. One of the Okavango Delta’s most remote properties, Duba Plains consists of six roomy tents, each with an en suite bathroom, outside shower and verandah offering panoramic views of the floodplain.

Gomoti Plains Camp

The private concession of Gomoti Plains, in the Okavango Delta, is home to a new exclusive camp of ten luxury tents (including two family tents), raised on wooden decks overlooking the Gomoti River system. Due to open in April 2017, this camp offers great comfort for an enthralling wildlife experience.

Gomoti Tented Camp

With just five tented suites, the intimate Gomoti Tented Camp lies at the heart of the private Santawani Concession, in the south-east corner of Botswana's Okavango Delta. The camp’s remote setting coupled with its early explorer style design gives the sense of wild camping.

Jao Camp

Situated in the private Jao Concession on a remote island in the heart of the Okavango Delta, Jao Camp is the ultimate in luxury. Each of its nine unique canvas and thatched rooms has been individually hand crafted and has a private sala offering wonderful views of the surrounding flood plains.

Kwara Camp

Situated in a private concession in the Okavango Delta, Kwara is a luxury camp bordering Moremi Game Reserve. Each of the eight en suite tents is raised on teak decking and guests can spend time on their private balconies watching the animal and birdlife in the hippo-filled lagoon.

Machaba Camp

On the eastern side of the Okavango Delta in the wildlife rich Khwai area, Machaba Camp offers classic accommodation in ten luxury tents. Camp activities include game drives in the Moremi Game Reserve, as well as excursions by mokoro in the maze of waterways forming part of the Delta.

Nxamseri Island Lodge

One of the oldest lodges in the Okavango Delta, Nxamaseri Island Lodge has a unique rustic charm. Its remote location, surrounded by indigenous forest, supports a wealth of remarkable birdlife, including African fish eagle, Pel’s fishing owl, African skimmer and western banded snake eagle.

Pom Pom Camp

This camp is located on Pom Pom Island in a private wilderness concession at the heart of the Okavango Delta, on the western boundary of Moremi Game Reserve. Accommodation is in nine luxury safari-style tents with views of Pom Pom lagoon, and the camp offers a true Okavango wilderness experience.

Vumbura Plains Camp

Situated in the private Vumbura Concession in the north of the Okavango Delta, Vumbura Plains consists of two satellite camps overlooking a vast floodplain. The spacious tents have a large bedroom, indoor and outdoor showers, plunge pool and a ‘sala’ from where you can watch the passing wildlife.