Visit the Okavango Delta
There are few wildlife destinations as well known as the Okavango Delta. The Okavango River empties itself into the northern corner of otherwise arid Botswana, thereby creating a swamp and grasslands that host an incredible array of African wildlife.
There are many ways to explore the Okavango Delta and its abundant wildlife. The maze of rivers, the grasslands and forests give you the opportunity to try very different types of safari experiences.
For a genuine Okavango Delta experience book a mokoro trip. Mokoros are dugout canoes seating 1-2 persons. The wooden boat is silently punted by a guide taking you right into the heart of things. The beauty of a mokoro is that it can take you where cars and even larger boats can’t go. Cruise gently past hippos, crocs and elephants enjoying an entirely different perspective and even stand a chance to see the rare and very shy sitatunga.
Those who want to enjoy a little more comfort can still experience a water bound view of the Delta. Boat trips in the Okavango Delta are a unique experience and they are particularly beautiful in the late afternoon. Watch the animals come to life as the heat of the day fades and enjoy a cool beer or a gin and tonic as the sun sets on the world’s largest inland delta.
Game drives are a more conventional means of game viewing, but they are still fascinating. 4x4 vehicles allow you to cover greater distances and knowledgeable guides will help you get great wildlife photographs. If you want to see wildlife in action, a night drive is the way to go. If you want to witness shy nocturnal animals or lions on a kill your chances will be far better under favour of night.
The Okavango Delta is home to more than 500 bird species. The swamp supports a large variety of resident birds, but the birding is absolutely stunning when the migratory birds arrive in the rainy season. The avian wildlife has taken over all of the Delta’s habitats. On the river banks you can spot African fish eagles, kingfishers, herons, cranes and the elusive Pel’s fishing owl. The woodlands are inhabited by owls, parrots and sunbirds.