The Okavango Delta is central to wild dog, which range widely across most of Northern Botswana — and they're easiest to find on the northern and eastern sides of the Delta. Although the summer rains fall in Angola in January, they take a whole month to travel the first 1,000 km of the Okavango River, and then they take a further four months to through the plants and numerous channels of the final 250 km of the delta. This small town is situated just near the stunning Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, which are some of the largest salt flats on earth, covering some 12,000 square kilometres. You will not be on 'our' safari - you will be on the one we design with you - our experience and expertise will ensure that it is truly memorable, whether a honeymoon and your first trip to Africa, or an Anniversary holiday to retrace steps taken years before. An outdoor shower to start the day in crisp morning dew? Perhaps visit the culturally rich areas of Newtown, Braamfontein or Maboneng. The deep-water and papyrus areas of the Delta have thriving populations of sitatunga, which live deep in the swamps.
Leaving South Africa behind, cross the border into Botswana and travel toward the Khama Rhino Sanctuary approximately 8—10 hours. The game is also plentiful and varied during the dry season, and the water activities have access to some very picturesque deep-water lagoons. At ground level, the silhouettes of dead trees in the dry season give the delta a hint of the apocalypse. These allow guests to get a much fuller experience of the delta, closer to the natural world. A refreshing swim, or perhaps a nap, is a good idea in the warmer part of the day. Often it's the smaller things in the Okavango Delta that catch your eye, like the tropical fish that flash through the Delta's clear waters or the iridescent malachite kingfishers that dive for them; sometimes it's larger animals - red lechwe wading through the river's shallows, or elephants on the islands - whilst all around water-lilies bloom and birds call. We have not risk assessed all activities and only those listed in our trip notes are recommended.
It begins in , where it is known by the Portuguese name Rio Cubango. The Okavango Delta is affected by seasonal flooding with flood water from Angola reaching the Delta between March and June, peaking in July. If you are going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. Founded in Botswana in 1983, Wilderness Safaris has grown to be the largest ecotourism operator in Africa. An Okavango Delta safari may not be your first idea of a safari — but gliding silently in a mokoro a traditional dugout canoe , you'll watch wildlife at eye level. It covers over 15,000km² with a lush water-wilderness of papyrus swamps, shallow reed-beds and floodplains, dotted with islands and laced with a network of channels. Spend time exploring the maze of lagoons, lakes and streams on foot, led by experienced and knowledgeable guides.
Eland, sable and roan antelope also range across the region — but are less common, as they are elsewhere in Africa. Part of the river's flow fills. The budget minded can take the bus from Maun to Sepopa. Do I need any special equipment?. Little Vumbura Camp and Chitabe complement each other perfectly, offering a diverse range of habitats and wildlife encounters. Noted for its , the Okavango area contains Botswana's Moremi Game Reserve. During colder periods in Earth's history, a part of the Kalahari was a massive lake, known as.
You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. It's been effectively protected for years, and with wildlife tourism now thriving here, this looks set to continue — witness the success, and expansion, of the programme to re-introduce black and white rhino to the area over the last few years. What is the best time to travel to Botswana? We feel that seeing these waterfalls for the first time should be an uninterrupted sensory experience. Further south, it forms part of the border between Angola and , and then flows into , draining into the. But there is also a very human side - three interlocking stories of participants on a very difficult mission. Pack a camera and an eye for adventure because these lush pockets of wilderness will reward travellers with exciting animal encounters, awesome photography opportunities and sweet memories to last a lifetime.
They're also breeding, and Botswana is well on its way to having a nucleus of successfully breeding rhinos. With some luck, you might spot some of the delta's unusual wildlife and exotic birdlife. Again, this reserve isn't a top game area during the dry season, but we do find that it is often excellent when more water is around at the start of the year. Land based camps focus on the extraordinary game which is attracted to this oasis in the desert and mix use camps provide both. Meanwhile in the water, spotted-necked and Cape clawless otters are often seen, though they seldom hang around to allow visitors a good view! We strive to really understand what you require from your safari by exploring what you want to see, what interests you, which animals really fascinate you, how close you would like to get to them, whether you are looking for luxury or if you could get just as excited by a couple of nights beneath the stars tucked up in a tree-house.
Nevertheless, it leaves us with foreboding about the future of life on the planet. It might take your guide's keen eyes to spot the terrapins basking on floating logs, or a fish eagle just perching, watching and waiting. This thundering curtain of water is about a mile wide, falling 108 metres into a narrow gorge below. In Seronga you can stay at the Polers Trust and enjoy the mekoro trips. The itineraries shown here are only suggestions to whet your appetite. Here you find the relatively new.
Like Duba Plains Reserve, this is a top-notch area for safari in the dry season. Visit this from either camp, though best book it in advance! Or are you interested in a private and exclusive safari holiday? If your timing is off stay at Swamp Stop overnight. Those staying longer can choose from various activities and excursions, including white water rafting, canoeing and flying fox rides. This is an excellent value safari for those wishing to explore the Okavango Delta. Wildlife in the Okavango DeltaWith the reintroduction of rhino, you can see all the 'big five' here on a safari to the Okavango Delta, and a lot more besides. This amazing safari allows you to experience both the Chobe National Park and Okavango Delta.