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Okavango Delta, a delta in the northern part of Botswana and at the stem angling southeast from the Namibian border, covers the sparkling Okavango River across the Kalahari Basin making it the best destination in Africa for seeing a large population of elephants.
Okavango Delta is the home for lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild African dogs, wildebeests, buffaloes, and zebras. This place is ideal and offers a perfect location for birders. African fish eagle, the lilac-breasted roller and the hamerkop are commonly seen here.
The Okavango Delta safari is ideal for experiencing the beautiful and exotic inland deltas in Botswana. It will let you experience the river from land, air, water through activities like bird watching and sighting of the antelope of Sitatunga. When you visit this delta you will see the array of snakes and lizards closer to the shore. You will witness the aquatic creatures including the tiger and bream fish. Learn more about the wildlife of Okavango here.
One of the unique features of this Delta is the annual flooding of the Okavango River that happens annually during the dry season which represents an outstanding example as to how climatic, hydrological and biological processes interact with each other. Angola and Namibia are the two prominent sources of water for this delta which remain unaffected by upstream dams and substantial water diversion. The Okavango swamp reveals the entire delta and is also known as the "Jewel of the Kalahari Desert" in Africa. The place carries water from the Okavango River which is deposited in the rift fan-shaped basin. The green area of the swamp gives the way to savanna vegetation to open the thorn scrub to the southern savanna.
Location: North Botswana
Nearest International Airport: Maun
How to reach: By road or chartered flight from Maun
Famous for: Worlds largest Delta, Excellent wildlife, Night Safaris, Walking Safaris, Boat Safaris
Best time to visit: Jan to Dec
Mammals: Elephant, Giraffe, Hippo, Buffalo, Zebra, Wildebeest, White Rhino, Black Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Hyena, Wild Dogs
Birds: African fish eagle, African green pigeon, Bateleur, Hamerkop, Saddle-billed Stork
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Baobabs are commonly found near and around the Okavango Delta, this tree does not waver by storm. This tree can grow at a height of 100 meters; their diameters can reach up to a height of 40 meters. This tree is represented as the emblem of Africa bushland, majestically towering on the savannahs. The branches of Baobabs appear like roots rising into the air, almost as though it had been planted upside down.
The Okavango Delta harbors various types of wildlife and birds. While visiting this delta you will see the range of black rhinos. In this delta, you can very easily encounter hippos living in a group. They are most often found lazing in the sun. You will surely witness some extraordinary lions who are always in the water, searching for their next meal. Giraffes can be found throughout the year in this delta. Okavango Delta safari offers the best way to spot the thousands of buffalo. The most impressive birds of this delta are red-billed oxpeckers, commonly found sitting atop lazing hippos; red-billed hornbills. African Jacanas, with their bright blue long legs walking across floating vegetations. Meerkats are highly social species found in this delta. They tend to play together, in small groups and have the powerful senses to smell, hear and see. The black bands around their eyes protect them from the sun's glare in Africa.
Camps and Hotels:
The Okavango Delta is also known as the Eden in Africa. The Delta offers a unique vehicle that leads to a destination offering spectacular activities such as traversing the river on a mokoro that is propelled across shallow waters by skilfully pushing a stick. You have a variety of staying options to explore this place even more precisely.
Camp Okavango: It is situated on Nxaragha Island. Camp Okavango is a hidden gem that offers round water activities. Here you will get a chance to explore the Delta's meandering waterways on a modern motorboat. The open-air location of the lounge provides an immersive safari experience to the visitors.
Abu Camp: Abu Camp offers visitors a chance to experience the African wildlife and get mesmerized by the gentle pachyderms. Visitors are likely to understand the wildlife better, by staying in Abu Campas. This Camp is surrounded by natural greenery, river, and variety of animals which showcase wildlife beauty.
Stanley's camp: Stanley's camp is a private camp located between the stretch of Moremi Game Reserve and the Chitabe Concession. In this camp, one can witness the winsome riverine forests, floodplains and the elephants. The wooden surrounding in this camp provides the visitors an opportunity to enjoy and relax in the hammocks.