The Okavango Delta in Northern Botswana is one of the world’s rare river delta systems that floods annually but the water never reaches the ocean. Instead, the waterflow from summer rains in the Congo flood the Delta in the drier winter months, attracting large herds of animals. The resultant sprawling grassy plains are easily navigated in dugout canoes called mokoros, or in small motor boats, enabling close encounters with wildlife. The Delta is also home to endangered animals like black and white rhino, lion, cheetah and wild dogs. Large elephant herds are also abundant in the Delta, making for striking photographic opportunities for safari goers.
This water wonderland in the middle of a near desert - the Kalahari Basin – is a sought-after safari destination by wildlife enthusiasts around the world. The well-appointed lodges, many with accommodation in luxury canvas tents, allow for a unique bush experience for couples and families alike. Daily flights via Maun, considered the ‘Gateway to the Okavango Delta’, make this one of the most accessible game experiences for South Africans.
The Delta is worth combining with a Big 5 safari in Chobe National Park, as well as with a trip to Victoria Falls, which is one of the top destinations in Southern Africa. Browse our various Okavango Delta safari packages below. Get in touch with Thompsons Holidays for any holiday package or tour information.
The Okavango Delta offers exceptional wildlife experiences in a truly unique landscape. Here are some suggestions on what to do and what to expect when visiting this beautiful World Heritage Site:
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