Explore the Okavango Delta by mokoro, on foot or on game drive. A maze of sparkling lagoons, meandering channels and overgrown islands teeming with wildlife, Botswana’s Okavango Delta lies like a sparkling jewel at the heart of the Kalahari Desert.
Known as “the river that never finds the sea”, crystal clear channels spread over the thirstlands of the Kalahari with their papyrus-fringed banks and fertile floating islands. Adapted for a life in and out of water, the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga are found in this watery wilderness. Lion, cheetah, leopard and African wild dog share the floodplains with large herds of elephant and buffalo.
Hippo inhabit the deeper channels and lagoons, while honey badgers can be seen in broad daylight. Tall termite mounds are homes for families of dwarf and banded mongoose. Experience the delicate details of the glistening waterways on a mokoro (dugout canoe) ride, where iridescent dragonflies, frogs of every colour and jewel-like kingfishers live in the papyrus-lined banks.
- The Okavango Delta is a large inland delta formed where the Okavango River reaches a tectonic trough in the central part of the endorheic basin of the Kalahari.
- All the water reaching the Delta is ultimately evaporated and transpired, and does not flow into any sea or ocean.
- Each year approximately 11 cubic kilometres of water spreads over the 6,000-15,000 km² area.
- Some flood-waters drain into Lake Ngami. The Moremi Game Reserve, a National Park, is on the eastern side of the Delta.
- The Okavango Delta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa
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During summer and spring, hot days usher in thunderstorms over a dry Delta, while in winter the land dries and the Delta fills with water.
- Best time to travelYear Round
- Traveling with ChildrenChildren over the age of 12 welcome
- WildlifeExcellent Large breeding herds of elephants, lion, leopard, African wild dog, spotted hyena, herds of sable and roan antelope
- LanguagesEnglish is widely spoken throughout Botswana.
- Flying to BotswanaFrequent flights link Johannesburg to Gaborone, Maun and Kasane - the gateways to the national parks and wildlife areas.
- CurrencyThe currency is Pula (P); US Dollars are widely accepted