Main Attractions  Game viewing, Tiger fishing, Okavango delta flood plains
Closest Airport  Maun Wi-Fi Availability  Intermittent Children Allowed  Yes
Meals & Drinks Included  Yes Swimming Pool  Yes Malaria Area  Yes

Information About Location

The Okavango Delta in Botswana is an inland delta formed where the Okavango River reaches the Kalahari. Water reaching the Delta ultimately evaporates and does not flow into any sea or ocean. The Delta spreads over an area varying from 6000-15000 km2. The Okavango is created by seasonal flooding due to the Summer (January–February) rainfall from the Angola highlands draining into the Okavango River, then spreading over the delta over the next four months (March–June). With the flood peaking June - August, during Botswana’s dry winter months, the delta swells to three times its permanent size, attracting animals from all around and creating one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of wildlife.  This makes it a spectacular destination for a photographic safari.

The Delta's is an oasis in an arid country. December to February are hot wet months with daytime temperatures as high as 40 °C, warm nights, and humidity levels fluctuating between 50% and 80%. From March to May, the temperature becomes far more comfortable with a maximum of 30 °C during the day and mild to cool nights. The rains quickly dry up leading into the dry, cold winter months of June to August. Daytime temperatures at this time of year are mild to warm, but the temperature begins to fall after sunset. Nights can be surprisingly cold in the Delta, with temperatures barely above freezing.  September to November sees the heat and atmospheric pressure build up once more as the dry season slides into the rainy season. October is the most challenging month for visitors - daytime temperatures often push past 40 °C and the dryness is only occasionally broken by a sudden cloudburst.

The Okavango delta is both a permanent and seasonal home to a wide variety of wildlife. Species include African bush elephant, African buffalo, hippopotamus, lechwe, tsessebe, sitatunga, blue wildebeest, South African giraffe, Nile crocodile, Southwest African lion, South African cheetah, African leopard, brown hyena, spotted hyena, springbok, greater kudu, sable antelope, impala, south-central black rhinoceros, southern white rhinoceros, Burchell's zebra, common warthog, chacma baboon and vervet monkey.  The delta also includes over 400 species of birds, including African fish eagle, Pel's fishing owl, crested crane, lilac-breasted roller, hammerkop, South African ostrich, and sacred ibis.

The majority of the estimated 200,000 large mammals in and around the delta are not year-round residents. They leave with the summer rains to find renewed fields of grass to graze on and trees to browse, then make their way back as winter approaches.


Best Time of Year

All year round.

 

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