The mega diverse Okavango Delta hosts a variety of different habitats, and houses an incredible array of species from insects, butterflies, and birds, to big cats, elephants, and endangered wild dogs. Guests get to explore in the shade of ancient sausage trees, jackalberry trees, and sycamore figs which grow along waterways inhabited by crocodiles, hippos, and plenty of fish. During the rainy season, the Okavango Delta becomes a haven for migratory birds, which add to the resident population, and guests will have the chance to see powerful lion prides targeting buffalo, zebra nodding across the plains, and water birds nesting in noisy heronries.
The Okavango Delta is a stronghold for buffalo, which are water-dependent and adapted to this habitat. Elephants roam freely across the region, while hippos, herds of red lechwe, waterbuck, zebra, and impala are common occurrences.
The lion density of the Okavango Delta is a result of the strong buffalo population. Hyenas compete for prey, while leopards are frequently seen observing from the trees. Wild dogs are a particularly special sighting of the Delta, thriving with plenty of room to roam.
Up to 500 different species of birds occur in the Okavango Delta, making it a paradise for birders. The combination of wet and dry habitats mean that guests can look forward to grassland birds, water birds, birds of prey, and woodland birds.
Low Season - November, December January to March
High temperatures are common during the summer months but when the first rains arrive in November (hopefully) the bushveld sighs with relief – the flush of new growth is welcome as the new generation of plains game are born. The migrant species of birds return, and the Delta comes alive with new life. The summer rains are predominantly localised afternoon thundershowers. Predators are still abundant, but the area is quieter in regard to traffic, affording more exclusive game viewing.
Mid-Season - April, May, June
The temperatures are pleasant, with warm days late 20’s (°C) and comfortable nights. The vegetation is drying out with the last of the rains. In June the temperatures start dropping particularly in the early morning and evenings. However, the Delta floods
towards the end of this season, bringing fresh water and reducing the areas to game drive on, concentrating the animal populations further and extending the mokoro trail opportunities.
High Season – July, August, September & October
July & August are the coolest months and often very cold at night and early mornings, with warm pleasant days. The waterholes dry up and the game congregates along the rivers and pans. In September the temperatures soar to mid to late 30’s. The Okavango floods at the beginning of the winter season, so there is plenty of slow flowing water around for the animals, the game movements are also restricted due to the island sizes decreasing with the rising water levels. With the high concentration of game as well as the Delta offering its beautiful flood season – this is truly the peak season of all safaris.
The Okavango Delta is a haven for Botswana’s wildlife, and is indeed one of the most celebrated safari regions of southern Africa because of its unique wetland ecosystems. Wildlife sightings include all of the well known favourites, plus some of the uniquely adapted species, such as red lechwe. Birdlife is particularly well documented in the area, with water birds like herons, storks, kingfishers, jacanas, crakes, and pygmy geese featuring heavily. Exploring is done by game drive, motorised boat, mokoro, or on foot. Each offers a different way to enjoy the natural landscape and its inhabitants. Afternoon game drives morph into night drives, bringing the nocturnal creatures to the spotlight, and mornings can be spent walking in the footsteps of your local guide or cruising through the channels on a traditional dugout canoe.
It is very important that you drink plenty of water especially during the warmer months. It is generally recommended that guests drink at least 2 to 3 litres of water per day. Many malaria prophylactics contribute to dehydration as do alcoholic drinks, so please make an effort to keep drinking water.
Malaria (Low Risk) – prophylactics recommended
Malaria is at its highest prevalence during the warmer and wetter months of November to April. The species of mosquito which carries malaria is only active at the times when you are usually sleeping or sitting around the campfire. The best prevention is to avoid being bitten – therefore a mosquito repellent is recommended. We also suggest that you wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants in the evening. In terms of medication to prevent Malaria – please consult your Doctor or local Travel Clinic for the most up to date information.
The Okavango Delta is a unique ecosystem of papyrus-lined waterways, knee-deep floodplains, water-lily lagoons, shady forest glades and rich savannah grasslands. All this fecundity lies in the middle of the largest continuous stretch of sand in the world - the Kalahari Desert Basin.
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