Discover Eden | Travel Guide to Okavango
An oasis of blue and green in the middle of the stark Kalahari Desert, the Okavango Delta is a popular tourist destination in Botswana. Spend time in the Okavango, exploring the waterways on a mokoro boat ride or watch a pride of Lion coming down to the water to drink.
The ExperienceThe Okavango Delta offers exceptional game viewing from a number of unique perspectives including walking safaris and mokoro boat rides. The mokoro rides also offer a unique perspective of the African wildlife as you are able to skim silently along the top of the water as a Hippo sticks its head up out of the water or a startled Otter dives for cover.
Early mornings, relaxed afternoons with siestas in your comfortable suite followed by exciting evening game drives and delicious dinners served by friendly staff all combine to ensure your Okavango safari experience is both luxurious and unforgettable.
Accommodation OptionsAccommodation options range from luxurious and spacious en-suite rooms in beautifully appointed safari lodges to mobile safari tents that are set up and taken down as you move from location to location with your guide.
ActivitiesThere is plenty to do during a visit to one of Botswana's most popular destinations, the Okavango Delta. One of the world's largest inland waterways, the Okavango Delta is formed by the Okavango River flooding a section of the Kalahari Desert, forming a lush green oasis in the middle of a seemingly barren landscape.
The main activities while in the area are centred around game viewing and bird watching with visitors embarking or guided game viewing game drive, walking safaris, game viewing, makoro excursions and even flights over the land to gain a birds eye perspective.
The nearby Moremi Game Reserve is a popular nearby safari park where visitors can view different species of game animals while an excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site; the Tsodilo Hills provides some fascinating insight into the area previous inhabitants through the 4 500 rock paintings found there.
HighlightsThe Okavango Delta is known for excellent game viewing, including wonderful sightings of large predators including Lion, Leopard and Cheetah.
Highlights to any travellers visit are definitely a mokoro boat ride through the water ways and a guided walking safari through the bush in search of African game animals. A sunset game viewing cruise is also an activity worth experiencing.
AccessMaun is considered to the 'gateway to the Okavango' with many travellers passing through the city on their way into and out of the Delta. From Maun visitors can charter a small plane to fly into their chosen safari lodge.
AirportDaily flights from Johannesburg's O R Tambo airport as well as thrice weekly flights from Cape Town and Windhoek result in the Okavango Delta being easily accessible from most locations.
Climate:The Okavango Delta experiences hot, wet, rainy months with frequent thunderstorms between December and February followed by a period of more mild days between March and May and then a dry season between June and August.
Rainy season days are hot and humid with exceeding 35°- 40°C (95°F - 104°F). The between season temperatures are milder and more manageable dropping to 30°C (86°F) during the day with cooler evenings. The dry season, during winter, sees mild to warm days but cold nights just above freezing.
While one can visit the Delta at any time of the year, the dry season period between May and October is definitely considered the best time to go to see the animals but visitors should pack warm clothing as the temperatures can become freezing and uncomfortable.
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