Okavango Delta Safari Botswana
Okavango Delta Safari
The Okavango Delta is located in Botswana, it’s a recognized World Heritage Site covering about 15,000sqkmwith a unique ecosystem of islands, lagoons, rich savannah grasslands, papyrus waterways, and water channels hence it ranks among Africa’s richest wilderness sanctuaries with a large concentration of wildlife ranging from bird species and common mammals to the rare ones not spotted in most places like the wild dogs, Sitatungas and the wattled crane.
The Delta has some of Africa’s best safari camps with best game viewing spots. It is under the management of the Moremi Game Reserve and other privately owned wildlife concessions. This area hosts big numbers of buffaloes, elephants, hippos, lions, giraffes, zebras among others. In fact it is a great predator paradise hence it is home to the wild dogs and the leopard.
When to visit the Okavango
As you choose the time to visit the Okavango Delta you should learn more about the Delta’s seasonal nature and the kind of activities to engage in during particular seasons. During the wet season between June and August, it’s a great time for canoeing and boating safaris, hence visitors enjoy game viewing.
During the dry season from September and October, visitors can also enjoy game viewing since most animals because of thirst migrate and concentrate on the borders of the Delta, in fact it is worth to visit Moremi Game Reserve during this time.
From November all through to April, it is a rainy summer and in this time birders could visit the Okavango Delta, this not only makes the Okavango rich bird watching destination but an extraordinary one.
Things to do in the Okavango
The Okavango offers some of Africa’s best safari game drives in Africa. This applies whether the drive is in vehicles, on top of an elephant or on a horseback. Thousands of mammals and big numbers of bird species are found in this region; this is a natural Predator’s paradise.
But you have to note that the availability of game drives in the region are the different camps depend on various factors; the season and the location of the camp. Some people have enjoyed these drives in both dry and wet seasons and everyone has their experiences.
You can also enjoy night game drives where you can see nocturnal animals such as Leopards, Aardwolves, Servals and Aardvarks, also Lions can be seen at night while on a hunt.
What you can’t miss out while in the Okavango are the Mokoro rides. The excursions are boat trips along the Delta shallow lagoons and channels. The boats are traditionally made and called the Mokoros locally, they are handcrafted from the large delta trees. An excursion on a Mokoro is one of the best ways to view game.
The fact that they are traditional boats, they are not motorized hence give you change to sail silently through channels and also get to closer range with wildlife such as elephants, hippos, Sitatungas, crocodiles, Lechwe among others.
These perfect way to see wildlife and reach in some areas of the Okavango where vehicles can’t reach. They are organized at the Macatoo Camp and are guided by experienced guides. While on the horseback safari you get chance to move around with Lechwes, giraffes and zebras.
These safaris are really unforgettable as you ride through the incredible pathways of the delta. Much as some animals mentioned above are less threatened by a fellow four-legged animal among them, it doesn’t mean predators can’t attack, so keep focused and follow the guide’s instructions. These safaris are sally carried out on the seasonal floodplains in the south western regions of the Okavango Delta.
Walking through the Okavango is one of the incredible ways of to see amazing sceneries and different islands. You are led out with an armed experienced tour guide. These walks usually begin early morning before it becomes so hot. During the walk you can come across loins and elephants plus different beautiful bird species.
Most “water camps” in the Okavango give game viewing opportunities by motor boats. While on the boating safari you are able to see the Okavango in almost all angels. Though in most cases, some animals are scared by the sound of the motor boat. These boats are also used in case you want to connect from one camp to another.
Back in the 198’s elephant back safaris were introduced in the Okavango Delta in the Abu region. Over the years these safaris of riding on the elephant backs were phased out since there were concerns about animal welfare. Today, most lodges offer education and interaction services with elephants. This is a great experience that gives tourists chance to learn about the elephants; interact play, and feed them hence understanding their natural behaviors.
After viewing the Okavango delta on land, it is still worth it if you have stunning views of the regions in the air. While on the helicopter safari you are able to see the various waterways and islands. You can also schedule a helicopter flight to and from your lodge. However to have the best views of all the game its better you also take a helicopter flight.
Fishing is done as a sport where it is done on a “catch and release basis”. Not all camps offer fishing activities but some do. So while on a safari in the Okavango Delta region you can get a chance of catching a big Tilapia or a tiger fish.
What to Pack for Delta Safari
In most cases, casual-comfortable clothing is advisable and is the best all year round. Below are some of the essential things to carry for the safari;
- Shorts and T-shirts
- Safari jeans or trousers (to be won on cooler days and in the evenings)
- Long sleeved blouses
- Comfortable safari walking shoes
- Sunglasses, hats, sunblock creams, insect repellent and lip balm
- Waterproof camera
- Warm jacket or a sweater(cold nights and mornings)
- Raincoat (should be compact and light)
- During wet seasons you could pack a scarf and gloves
- A swimsuit
- Carry/wear a comfortable bra (for the ladies because the weather tends to be hot hence feeling uncomfortable.
Please note that, you can also plan to have a honeymoon safari in the Okavango Delta, you are still in position to enjoy undiluted romance in the Delta’s incredible locations.