One of Africa's wildlife meccas, the Okavango Delta is a 15000 sq. km (5792 sq. mi) inland delta fed by seasonal floodwaters that inundate the area, peaking from June to August. The abundance of water and food attracts all manner of wildlife in a concentrated area – and in their wake, tourists lucky enough to witness this unspoilt wilderness. Due to its size and low-volume approach to tourism, the Okavango Delta never feels crowded and offers a taste of true nature. Tourists visiting this World Heritage Site have a large selection of accommodations and service providers, and the water-based safari activities are a standout attraction.

Essential Traveller Information

For those that plan their trip with a reputable operator, practically every aspect is taken care of, from transport to meals and activities. However, due to the Okavango Delta’s popularity and the low-volume tourism policy, you should book well in advance once you have decided what your priority activities are. Aside from all-inclusive lodges, specialist operators offer everything from walking and horse-back safaris to hot air balloon and helicopter flights.

Most visitors arriving in Botswana touch down at the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone. From there, scheduled flights to Maun International Airport bring them to the main gateway to the Okavango Delta. Private lodges are generally reached by chartered light aircraft. Flights also arrive at Maun directly from neighbouring countries, and Fastjet now offers flights from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The road to Maun is a good quality paved road for self-drive visitors to the eastern delta, although driving at night is not recommended. A well-equipped 4×4 vehicle is essential to enter the delta area.

Main Route Distances

  • Gaborone – Maun (via Francistown & Nata): 919 km (571 mi) – 11 hours
  • Kasane (Chobe National Park) – Maun (via Nata): 608 km (378 min) – 7 hours

The Moremi Game Reserve can be entered at South Gate from Maun and North Gate from Chobe National Park. The northern Panhandle area can be reached via Divundu (Namibia) and the nearby Mohembo Border Post, open from 06h00 – 18h00, or via Seronga Boat Station. Camps in the Delta interior are reached by aircraft and a combination of road and boat transfers.

The best time to visit the Okavango Delta is from July to October when the water levels are high and there is no rainfall – meaning wildlife is easier to spot as vegetation has thinned out. This is the peak time for tourism, so lodging prices and availability are at a premium. May to August boasts the best weather, and it can become uncomfortably hot from October. November to June is considered the low season, and prices may drop at some lodges. The Wet Season from November to April makes some parts of the Okavango Delta inaccessible, although the bird-watching is at its best, and the abundance of young animals means predators abound too. Water-based activities may not be possible due to receding floodwaters.

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