Okavango Delta, Botswana


Okavango-shutterstock_56855977The Delta has amazing wildlife diversity and it is correctly regarded as one of Africa’s best year-round safari destinations. Camps and lodges are of exceptional standard. It’s true that quality comes at a high price but your visit can be good value, if you make the right choice.

To do this, you need the help of knowledgeable safari consultants and you must book early: there’s no shortage of choice here but the private concessions are small and in high demand, and fill up well in advance.

The Delta’s private reserves are the famous focal point of most safaris in Botswana. Big game is abundant and you can set out on boating safaris, walking trails, game drives and night drives. These concessions ensure that you experience the wilderness without any crowds. The Wilderness Safaris group has dominated much of the Delta for decades and we strongly recommend and support their consistent safari format. Their lodges are particularly well suited to first-timers to Africa. A few small and independent outfits operate on private concessions and their standards are high.

Nearby Moremi Game Reserve includes habitats from both the permanently and seasonally flooded zones. With the exception of the eastern ‘tongue’ of Moremi, access into the Delta is by aircraft. The whole region’s cyclical flooding makes it an excellent safari option whatever the season but the ‘best time’ doesn’t come with a straightforward answer. It’ll depend largely on your interests.


John and Trish Berry loved travelling around their native Zambezi Valley so much they started Zambezi Safari and Travel. Nearly 21 years later the company prides itself on its specialist knowledge of the region’s national parks. To read their personal advice and to find out more about the Okavango Delta, click here www.zambezi.co.uk/destinations/botswana/okavango-delta

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