The Okavango Delta is an inland oasis creating a vast eden of tranquil beauty which is home to one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife on the planet. This phenomenal delta was created through the shift of 2 tectonic plates that changed the course of the Okavango River directing it into the dry Kalahari desert, turning it into one of Africa’s most incredible wildlife areas. The ebb and flow of the Okavango’s waters is ever changing with each season offering something different as wildlife adapts to the environment. The Okavango Delta has outstanding natural beauty and is home to many of Africa’s most famous safari camps.
The Okavango’s vast flood waters come from the north in the mountains in Angola and the water slowly winds its way into Botswana where the river widens at the what is known as “the pan handle”. It travels down the pan handle for about 100kms before it starts to slow down and spread out as the water flows into the vast floodplains of the Kalahari sands. The water runs down old existing channels, elephant migration routes and hippo pathways and down new pathways created by wildlife trails spreading out to create a 15000sqkm wildlife haven. The heart of the Okavango is a permanent swamp, a maze of lagoons and channels, rich in birdlife, quiet and tranquil as the waters courses slowly through beautiful water lilies and papyrus-reeds. Filtered by the vegetation and sand these pure waters become crystal clear only adding to this pristine environment. The Okavango Delta is a true wilderness paradise and on the bucket list of all safari connoisseurs.
Bordering the Okavango Delta is the famous Moremi Game reserve which is often considered part of the delta. This wildlife rich area also features lodges and camps and can often tie in very well with a pure water based safari deep in the delta.