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.
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.
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Found in the heart of the Okavango Delta this excellent property offers 8 comfortable cottages, views of the Santanadibe River and incredible game viewing.
Found within the 450,000 acre Abu Concession, this fantastic camp offers a unique wildlife experience with the chance to learn about and interact with habituated elephants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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