The Okavango Delta is a legendary safari destination, without question one of Africa’s finest for abundant wildlife, varied activities, sensational scenery and first class guiding. It can be difficult to precisely identify what the Delta constitutes, with an assortment of private concessions and wildlife reserves that are often very similar, their unfenced boundaries clearly not recognised by the animals! For our purposes, we will class the Delta as the collection of reserves, camps and lodges that surround the central Moremi Game Reserve, dealing with the Linyanti and Selinda areas in a separate section.
So what makes the Delta special? Firstly, the wildlife is virtually unmatched in both variety and volume. Across the varied concessions, everything is here: incredibly diverse and colourful birdlife; all of the big cats and predators; vast numbers of hippo and elephant splashing around in the wetlands; and a splendid variety of plains game and antelope, from impala and red lechwe to rarer species like sitatunga and sable. Then there are the varied activities: so called “wet camps” and concessions offer mokoro excursions through the high reeds and relaxing evening boat cruises, while “dry camp” game drives provide enhanced game viewing opportunities. The definitive Delta itinerary should combine both, and we would recommend at least four nights in various areas, hopping between concessions by light aircraft. All this means that itineraries come at a price, but this calculated high value, low impact approach to tourism has helped keep Botswana’s jewel in the crown special.