Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is arguably Botswana’s most well-known tourist destination, and ranks among the most pristine wildlife regions in the world. Once part of the ancient Lake Makgadigadi, the Okavango Delta was formed when the Okavango River reached a tectonic trough in the Kalahari basin and settled there. The delta floods annually when seasonal rains from Angola swell the Okavango River and transform the Okavango Delta into a rich source of plant life, which in turn attracts an abundance of animal and birdlife.

Boasting all of the Big Five – as well as the Brown and Spotted Hyenas and Black and White Rhinoceroses – the Okavango Delta also has one of the richest pack densities of the African Wild Dog in Africa. These rare canines have become increasingly elusive, so it is extremely encouraging to see how they thrive in this food rich environment. 

For the bird lovers, there are over 400 species of birds that call the Delta home and the resultant symphony of birdcalls is quite remarkable. Hippopotamuses and crocodiles join over 70 species of fish in the Okavango’s mighty waters, while a myriad of smaller species of amphibians and reptiles jostle for their place in this aquatic paradise. Plant life is equally rich, with in excess of 1300 species of flowering plants having been recorded.

The traditional method of transport in the Okavango Delta is the Mokoro – a wooden canoe that has been in use by the locals of the region for many years. An expert guide will wind you through the lagoons and channels of the Delta while you experience nature unfolding all around you. There are few better means of observing wildlife in its natural habitat anywhere in the world. If you’d prefer to stay on solid ground, there are twice daily game drives or walking safaris with expert guides and rangers that will ensure you see some terrific game.

When it comes to staying in the Okavango Delta, there are accommodation options to suit all preferences and budgets. Wilderness Safaris’ Vumbura Plains and Kings Pool camps offer the perfect mix of hospitality and game experience, while Mombo’s Camp boasts luxurious exclusivity. Chief’s Camp is on Chiefs Island – the largest island in the Delta – and is particularly renowned for its exceptional game viewieng. Wherever you choose to stay, you can rest assured that all the camps in the Okavango Delta retain an authentic bush aesthetic and have been built using sustainable building practices, with as little environmental impact as possible.

Whether you’re a solo traveller in search of adventure, a couple of newlyweds or a multi-generational family on your annual vacation, the Okavango Delta makes for a truly inspirational destination. One of the last great wildlife regions of the world, the Delta refreshes and rejuvenates with terrific scenery, incredible wildlife and the scents and sounds of Africa untouched.

The Okavango Delta is unlike any other safari destination…discover it!

 

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Jao Camp

Jao Camp

Jao Camp is situated on a remote island on the southern side of Botswana’s Okavango Delta in an area famed for its magical islands fringed by riverine forests. This Botswana Safari offering comprises of nine luxury canvas and thatched tents, which are spacious and open-plan in design and include a dressing area, lounge and main bedroom complete with old-style fittings. Each tent is individually handcrafted and features en suite-facilities with an outdoor shower. Constructed on raised decks, each one boasts a private sala for afternoon ‘down time’  with breath taking views over the Delta’s floodplains

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Abu Camp

Abu Camp

What makes Abu Camp extraordinary is that guests have the opportunity of getting a glimpse into the secret world of the resident herd of elephants. Named after a much-loved bull elephant, Abu Camp is Africa’s original elephant-back safari experience and has been running for over twenty years. Guests are able to ‘meet’ and interact with the elephants whilst riding or walking with them. Managed and owned by Wilderness Safaris and set in an exclusive, private and unspoilt riverine forest in the middle of the famed Okavango Delta, guests are invited to stay in magnificent high ceiling tents from where they are able to observe these magnificent animals.

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Little Mombo

Little Mombo

Situated on Mombo Island within the Moremi Game Reserve right in the heart of the Okavango Delta and bordering the northern tip of Chief’s island, Little Mombo is a smaller more intimate camp than its larger sister Mombo Camp, and the two are connected by a raised walkway. The camp lies under a cool canopy of trees and overlooks the spectacular surrounding floodplains with some of the most spectacular big game viewing found in the Okavango Delta.

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Mombo Camp

Mombo Camp

World-renowned Mombo Camp is a firm favourite with Botswana Safari Enthusiasts. Set within the Moremi Game reserve on the northern tip of Chief’s Island in the Okavango Delta, this is one of the Botswana camps that is consistently rated with the ‘six paw’ status year after year. The setting at Mombo Camp is truly sublime. It boasts an enormous variety of plains game and predators and offers arguably the greatest big game viewing opportunities in all of Africa. The rangers at this camp are some of the most experienced found in Botswana and the game and birdlife is abundant all year round.

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Vumbura Plains

Situated in a private concession, in the most northern reaches of the Okavango Delta, Vumbura Plains Camp is known for its wildlife diversity, privacy and Okavango exclusivity. This luxury camp lies in an area that comprises a wide range of habitats, from wetland to mopane forests and arid acacia woodlands, which brings with it a diverse wildlife and birdlife. The camp comprises of two entirely separate seven-roomed satellite camps, each built under the shade of indigenous trees with its own raised lounge, dining and bar area with walkways for easy access to the main guest areas.

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Kwetsani Camp

Kwetsani Camp

One of the most secluded camps in Botswana’s Okavango, Kwetsani Camp, lies on an extended island dotted with mangosteen, palm and fig trees and is located in the Jao Concession on the same floodplain as the well-known Jao Camp. The reserve measures 60 000 hectares and lies in the north-western part of the Okavango Delta, bordering the Moremi Game Reserve on the West.

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Chitabe Camp

Chitabe Camp

Situated on a striking island in a private concession, Chitabe Camp can be found in an area of the Okavango Delta which is unique because of its wide range of habitats in close proximity. Here, you will find landscapes ranging from classic Delta scenery such as floodplains, waterways and marshlands to open savannah, dry acacia and mopane woodland, riverine forest and open grasslands, which houses a multitude of diverse bird and animal species.

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Chitabe Lediba

Perfectly positioned on an elevated island, which lies along the borders of the world-famous Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana, the luxurious Chitabe Lediba Camp looks out over a beautiful, bustling watering hole that attracts a huge variety of birds and wildlife from all over the surrounding Okavango Delta. Smaller than its sister camp Chitabe, Chitabe Lediba offers a lovely, intimate experience that is perfect for families and small groups. It has two family units, both with adjoining bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms.

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Tubu Tree Camp

Tubu Tree Camp

Perched on stilts among shady marula trees on a large island in the Okavango Delta is Tubu Tree Camp, a luxury tented camp run by Wilderness Safaris along eco-tourism principles. Well placed for encountering diverse wildlife in an area frequented by big game and prolific bird life, the winter floods allow for exciting game viewing from the water by boat. The drier summer season sees extensive exploration of different habitats on game drives and leopard are often spotted in the riverine forest edging the permanent waterways.

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Little Tubu

On an island deep in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, Little Tubu is an intimate gem of a tented camp with exceptional game-viewing for just six guests. Hunda island, shared only by nearby small sister camp Tubu Tree Camp, is filled with game all year round and surrounded by both seasonal and permanent waterways. Built on raised wooden decks among the treetops, it fits Wilderness Safaris’ eco-friendly principles combining luxury with a light footprint.

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