Okavango Delta Safaris

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A stunning maze of waterways and lagoons, the Okavango Delta is rightly considered one of Africa's premier wilderness sanctuaries. The Delta's permanent water source guarantees phenomenal game viewing all year round with lion, cheetah, hippo, leopard, wild dog and huge herds of elephant and buffalo commonplace. A wildlife highlight for the area is sightings of the species adapted to a semi-aquatic lifestyle, such as the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga. With an incredible wealth of species, an Okavango Delta safari provides a haven for birding enthusiasts, boasting a number of rare species including the Pel's fishing owl and the Slaty Egret.

Elephants from the air - Photo by Colin Bell Mombo Camp lion sighting on a Okavango Delta safari Lion v Buffalo at Duba Plains - Photo by Colin Bell

In summer the flood arrives from the highlands of Angola and forms a huge network of water channels and inlets which are eventually soaked up by the Kalahari Desert. The floods reach their peak in May and then gradually subside. The constant change in water levels results in a remarkable variety of habitats and landscapes. The region contains the state-run Moremi Game Reserve surrounded by a number of strictly-controlled, privately managed wildlife concessions which are arguably quieter and more exclusive. There are no fences between these areas so the wildlife viewing is equally as good, the only difference being that game vehicles are allowed 'off road' in the private concessions and night drives are permitted.

The delta is synonymous with luxury accommodation and the camps and lodges in the area are renowned for their exclusivity and private safari experiences. In addition to traditional game drives you can explore the water channels of the largest inland delta in the world by boat or traditional mokoro canoes.

Okavango Delta Highlights

  • Phenomenal game viewing all year round
  • The largest inland delta in the world
  • Gliding through the channels in a mokoro canoe (traditional dugout canoe)
  • Excellent bird watching with plenty of rare species such as Pel's fishing owl and slaty egret
  • Secluded, luxury accommodation

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Selected Okavango Delta Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries, showcasing the best of Okavango Delta

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Twin room

Best of Botswana Special Offer

Days
9
Cost Per Person
From $12,170 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Botswana
Locations
Linyanti, Okavango Delta
Sundowners from And Beyond Nxabega Camp

Luxury Botswana and Mozambique Holiday

Days
14
Cost Per Person
From $15,300 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Botswana
Mozambique
Locations
Okavango Delta, Bazaruto Archipelago, Johannesburg
Lion cubs in Botswana

The Best of Botswana and Victoria Falls

Days
10
Cost Per Person
From $8,840 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Botswana
Zambia
Locations
Linyanti, Okavango Delta, Livingstone & Victoria Falls
Elephants in the River

Victoria Falls and Okavango Delta Journey

Days
7
Cost Per Person
From $5,370 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Botswana
Zambia
Locations
Okavango Delta, Livingstone & Victoria Falls

Okavango Delta Accommmodation

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  • Abu Camp
    Elephant-back safari

    Found within the 450,000 acre Abu Concession, this fantastic camp offers a unique wildlife experience with the chance to ride and interact with habituated elephants.

  • Sanctuary Baines Camp
    area piscina

    Set nearby the Boro River, Sanctuary Baines' Camp is a small property named after the 19th century explorer and artist Thomas Baines. Suites' luxury interiors are complemented by exceptional game viewing.

  • Mombo Camp
    Tent interior

    Arguably the best big game viewing experience in Africa, with service and accommodation to match, Mombo Camp is the ultimate safari camp. Spectacular views and casual game viewing are standard from this exciting property.

  • Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge
    Al fresco dinner

    Found in the heart of the Okavango Delta this excellent property offers 8 comfortable cottages, views of the Santanadibe River and incredible game viewing.

  • Vumbura Plains
    Tent bedroom

    Found in the extreme north of the Okavango Delta, from Vumbura Plains take-in a diverse array of birdlife and enjoy up-close viewing of lion, elephant and buffalo.

  • Tubu Tree Camp
    Elephant at Tubu - By Dana Allen

    Offering some of the Jao Concession's most diverse game viewing, Tubu Tree Camp is found on Hunda Island. Stay in one of the 9 spacious tents and experience sightings of hippo, leopard, lion, warthog and elephant.

  • Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp
    Nxabega Guest Area

    Set in 25,000 hectares of wildlife concession, this fantastic tented camp provides guests a breath-taking safari experience, with plentiful game, authentic yet comfortable accommodation and perfect views over the floodplains.

  • Banoka Bush Camp
    Main area

    Banoka Bush Camp is set on the banks of the Khwai River and overlooks a lagoon. A good value for money property, enjoy excellent game viewing with wonderful lion, buffalo and elephant sightings.

  • Chitabe Camp
    Guest tent bathroom

    Chitabe Camp lies on a pretty island in the Okavango Delta and is the perfect base for exploring the area, with fantastic elephant, lion and even wild dog sightings. After a hard day adventuring relax in spacious Meru-style tents.

  • Gunn's Camp
    Tent at night

    Enjoy spectacular game viewing from Gunn's Camp. Owning an old world safari aesthetic the tented property is picturesquely set on the banks of the Boro River.

  • Kwara Camp
    Tent interior

    This luxury tented camp lies on the edge of the famed Okavango Delta, raised on wooden decking and offering superb panoramas and game viewing.

  • Little Kwara Camp
    Bedroom

    A small tented camp nestled amidst tall trees, Little Kwara is set on the edge of the Okavango Delta and boasts exciting land and water based activities and fantastic game viewing.

  • Little Mombo Camp
    Tent interior by Dana Allen

    Intimate and luxurious, Little Mombo Camp is a choice option in the game-rich Moremi Game Reserve. Found on Chief's Island, this little gem is the gateway to unbridled game viewing and excellent service.

  • Little Tubu
    Main area

    Situated on Hunda Island, from this small and intimate camp experience a phenomenal safari experience, with spectacular game viewing and luxury, private accommodation.

  • Little Vumbura Camp
    Plunge pool

    Known for its breath-taking wildlife sightings, mokoro rides and superb tented accommodation, Little Vumbura Camp is tucked away on a pretty private island concession surrounded by the Delta's floodplains.

  • Pom Pom Camp
    View from tent deck

    Found on Pom Pom Island, this eponymously named camp offers 9 luxury walk-in tents, gorgeous scenery, superb game viewing and phenomenal bird watching.

  • Sanctuary Chief's Camp
    Chiefs Camp exterior

    Sanctuary Chief's Camp is found in the exclusive Mombo Concession and provides high levels of safari excellence. Relax on your personal game viewing deck and watch elephant, buffalo, lion and a number of other species pass by.

  • Sanctuary Stanley's Camp
    Main lounge area

    Found in the Moremi Game Reserve enjoy sightings of leopard, lion, elephant and even rare wild dog from Stanley's Camp while staying in classic safari tents.

  • Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp
    Lounge area

    Enjoy captivating views of the surrounding waterways from this charming tented camp. Embark on exciting land and water based activities to take-in lion, elephant and buffalo.

  • Xigera Camp
    Lounge area

    Found in the game-rich Moremi Game Reserve, Xigera Camp offers its guests luxury tented rooms and the outstanding levels of game viewing for which the area is famous.

  • Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge
    Esterno di notte

    Set on the edge of the Okavango Delta, Xudum Lodge offers well-appointed safari suites and spectacular game viewing in a magnificent 25,000 hectare wildlife concession.

  • Belmond Eagle Island Lodge
    Aerial of Eagle Island Lodge

    Found in the heart of the Okavango Delta, Belmond Eagle Island Lodge offers an exclusive tented retreat; an ideal base from which to explore the majesty of the Delta.

  • Belmond Khwai River Lodge
    Casual game viewing

    Stay in exclusive tented accommodation set against the magnificent backdrop of the Moremi Game Reserve. Relax with spa treatments and take-in spectacular wildlife, including elephant and lion.

  • Camp Moremi
    Admiring the sunset on deck

    Quietly tucked away amongst ebony trees Camp Moremi is the gateway to some of the De3lta's most beautiful scenery; take in the views of Xakanaxa Lagoon and track lion and rare African wild dog.

  • Camp Okavango
    Dinner time in camp

    Camp Okavango is set on beautiful Nxaragha Island in the heart of the Delta. Stay in spacious safari tents and enjoy mokoro rides along the waterways for fantastic game viewing.

  • Camp Xakanaxa
    Bedroom interior

    One of the Delta's first camps, Xakanaxa Camp is found in the north of the game-rich Moremi Game Reserve and juts out over the Khwai River with a clever design.

  • Chitabe Lediba Camp
    Plush tented room

    Chitabe Lediba is found on a small island, shared by its sister property, Chitabe Camp. Enjoy a private safari experience, luxury tents and high levels of game viewing.

  • Duba Expedition Camp
    Duba Expedition Camp Main Area

    One of the Okavango Delta's more remote camps, Duba Expedition Camp is set in a stunning 77,000 hectare reserve, and prides itself on it's spectacular wildlife viewing.

  • Jacana Camp
    Jacana Camp

    Stay in spacious Meru-style tents and enjoy captivating views of the Okavango's maze of floodplains. Relax in the plunge pool or embark on game viewing adventures into the surrounding wilderness.

  • Jao Camp
    Firepit

    Stay in impressive tented accommodation and embark on exciting activities to explore the Delta's scenic floodplains and take-in diverse wildlife.

  • Kwetsani Camp
    Main area

    One of the Okavango Delta's more remote properties, Kwetsani Camp is set on an island carpeted in dense vegetation. The camp is raised above the foliage for captivating views of the floodplains. Game viewing lives up to the reputation of the Delta, and is naturally incredible.

  • Moremi Crossing
    Main lodge

    A luxury tented camp, Moremi Crossing is found on a small island in the heart of the Okavango Delta, affording guests' excellent facilities, service and views to die for.

  • Pelo Camp
    Tent

    Surrounded by mahogany trees and wild date palms, this eco-friendly camp is found in the game-rich Jao Concession on a small island. Expect excellent game viewing and exciting activities.

  • Seba Camp
    Main area

    Overlooking a perennial lagoon and often frequented by hippo, Seba Camp offers a family friendly tented experience with exciting game viewing and a swimming pool in which to relax.

  • Xugana Island Lodge
    Guest room interior

    Set in a private concession, enjoy the stunning backdrop of the Xugana Lagoon and take on exciting water based activities, with safaris led by experienced guides.