Okavango Delta

Africa’s ultimate safari destination with the Moremi Game Reserve at its centre

The Okavango Delta is a unique pulsing wetland. More correctly an alluvial fan, the delta covers between 6 and 15 000 square kilometres of Kalahari Desert in northern Botswana and owes its existence to the Okavango (Kavango) River which flows from the Angolan highlands, across Namibia’s Caprivi Strip and into the harsh Kalahari Desert.

A maze of sparkling lagoons, meandering channels and overgrown islands teeming with wildlife, Botswana’s Okavango Delta lies like a sparkling jewel at the heart of the Kalahari Desert. The Okavango Delta, now the 1000th site to be inscribed as a World Heritage site, is a vast alluvial fan set in the sans of the Kalahari Desert. With the Okavango River discharging approximately 11 cubic kilometres (1.1 × 10¹³ litres) of water into the Okavango Delta a year the Okavango Delta is known for its superb wildlife, with large populations of mammals and excellent birding particularly in the breeding season.

Generally flat, with a height variation of less than two meters across its area, dry land in the Okavango Delta is predominantly comprised of numerous small islands, formed when vegetation takes root on termite mounds, however larger islands exist with Chief’s Island, the largest, having been formed on a tectonic fault line.

The delta is affected by seasonal flooding with flood water from Angola reaching the Delta between March and June, peaking in July. This peak coincides with Botswana’s dry season resulting in great migrations of plains game from the dry hinterland.

The Okavango Delta is an important wildlife area protected by both the Moremi Game Reserve, on its eastern edge, and the numerous wildlife concessions within Ngamiland. At the very centre of Botswana’s safari industry, the Okavango Delta is home to some of Africa’s premier camps and lodges including Mombo Camp, operated by Wilderness Safaris and Shinde Camp, operated by Ker & Downey Botswana.

Okavango Delta Safari Accommodation

Shinde Camp

Okavango Delta, Botswana
Shinde Camp

Ker & Downey Botswana’s Shinde Camp provides five star accommodation in the Okavango Delta, one of Africa’s premier safari destinations.

Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

Okavango Delta, Botswana
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

Boasting one of the best wildlife experiences in the Delta, Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge combines a magnificent natural location with an unusual yet beautiful design.

Mombo Camp

Okavango Delta, Botswana
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

Mombo Camp is rightly considered one of Africa’s great safari properties. Some of the continent’s best game viewing fused with superb hospitality.

Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge

Okavango Delta, Botswana
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

A maze of sparkling lagoons, meandering channels and overgrown islands teeming with wildlife, Botswana’s Okavango Delta lies like a sparkling jewel at the heart of the Kalahari Desert.

Camp Xakanaxa

Okavango Delta, Botswana
Camp Xakanaxa - Tent interior

Camp Xakanaxa is one of the Okavango Delta’s classic camps, evoking the spirit of the original safari whilst providing superb levels of comfort to guests.

Khwai River Lodge

Okavango Delta, Botswana
Camp Xakanaxa - Tent interior

Nestled on the edge of the leadwood and fig tree forest of the Khwai River floodplains on a private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve.