Plan Your Trip: Okavango Delta Safari, Tours, and Travel Information
The lush floodplains of the Okavango Delta have put Botswana on the map as one of the world’s top safari destinations. Each year, the Delta undergoes a dramatic transformation as dry, dusty riverbeds begin to flood and fill with lush vegetation. This, in turn, attracts some of the highest concentrations of wildlife found in all of Africa. Herds of elephant numbering in the hundreds are a common sight. Lions, leopards, wild dogs, hippos, aquatic antelopes, and a dazzling array of unique birds flock to this rich floodplain.
The sheer variety and numbers of game create a truly astounding safari experience, but the Okavango Delta is also unique because of all the different ways to explore! Top things to do include game drives, boating safaris, mokoro (traditional canoe) safaris, and walking safaris.
Where to Go
Moremi Game Reserve is the most popular area in the Okavango Delta. Its borders are surrounded by private game concessions owned by extremely exclusive, luxurious safari lodges (Linyanti and Selinda are some of our favorites).
The Okavango Delta combines well with some of the lesser-known areas in Botswana, like the Makgadikgadi Pans and Nxai Pan. These arid salt flats offer a completely different experience than the lush Delta! You can also combine with the famous Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, a South Africa safari, and more.
Contact the experts at our Africa travel agency to start planning your handcrafted Okavango Delta vacation!
Best Time to Visit the Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta is an extremely seasonal safari destination, since the landscape transforms dramatically throughout the year. In peak season, safari camps in the 4- and 5-star range start at $1,000 per person per night.
June to August is the best time for an Okavango Delta safari. Peak water levels make this the best time of year for canoe safaris (an iconic Okavango experience) and attract abundant wildlife.
September to October are hot and dry, which means wildlife is concentrated at remaining water sources and easy to spot.
November to April is the best time of year for birding in the Okavango Delta.