In a land where the arid sands of the Kalahari Desert stretches far and wide, and where the whirling of dust demons dance through the waves of heat, the imposing waters of the Okavango Delta takes control and swallow the barren desert, transforming it into an oasis of sky blues and emerald greens. This desert oasis is the world’s largest inland delta, and its overwhelming beauty is a site to behold. Bursting out into numerous networks of winding water labyrinths, the Okavango River feeds the deltas shimmering floodplains, pools and lagoons and nourishes the floating lilies and fringing forests.
If the Okavango Delta is visited for its striking beauty then the Moremi Wildlife Reserve is all about the game. Located within the north-western regions of the delta, Moremi Wildlife Reserve is where dense populations of game come to play, especially during the dry season. Massive herds of buffalo and elephants migrate to these regions and large predators like the lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, hyena and jackal all hunt their prey in and around the reserve. The reeds, grass and palm- fringed islands are havens to more than 450 bird species, which make the Okavango Delta an astonishing paradise to all birdwatchers.
Unmistakeably, the Okavango Delta is an Eden of majestic proportions that lays in the heart of Africa.
Maun acts as a gateway to all who wishes to visit the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve. Daily flights to Maun are scheduled from Cape Town, Johannesburg, Victoria Falls and Windhoek.
Suggested Stay Details
The Okavango is a large stretch of oasis within a desert worthy visiting a variety of areas. We suggest a minimum of 2 nights (ideally 3 nights) at a single lodge, combining 2-3 locations as you explore the area. A 5 - 10 night stay in the Okavango Delta
Type of Experience
One of best safari destinations in Africa, one of highest concentration of wildlife in world, oasis in the desert, unique wilderness area. Game drives, game walks, exploring waterways in makoro dugout canoe or flat bottom boats, fish for tigers or bream, sundowners in the bush, spend time in a hide watching phenonemal bird life, best wildlife photography, view waterways and plains from air as you arrive and leave by light aircraft, incredible lion vs buffalo interactions, discover rare Sitatunga antelope leaping through water, spot the African Skimmer flying over the water, hear the unmistakable cry of African Fish Eagle, opportunities for both elephant back and horseback safaris, be pampered at luxury lodges, enjoy views from your private deck and plunge pool, savour the solitude, be fed amazing meals, listen to the sounds of the night, the roar of lions and cackling laughter of hyenas pierce the air.
Besides the unparalleled beauty of the Okavango Delta, the floodplains lend itself to the march of the African elephant, one of the Big Five. Here you get a chance to explore the wilderness on the back of a well trained gentle African giant. Perched high, you blend into the wilderness which offered astonishing advantages. Strolling alongside the larger elephants are playful calf’s, cutely trying their best not to trample on their own trunk or strolling behind holding the tail of their mother.
The Okavango Delta is largely an untouched, ever-changing oasis. The area has many luxurious camp sites and safari lodges. Accommodation offers all the amenities of first world luxurious.
Produced by season flooding, the Okavango Delta is a flat area which stretches out into lagoons, islands, river streams and grasslands.
In the distant past, as far back as the Stone Age, the Okavango River drained into one of Africa’s superlakes, the fossilize Makgadikgadi Lake. About three million years ago, the shifting of tectonic plates caused the Okavango River to change course. Over many years the superlake of Makgadikgadi slowly dried, leaving behind a saline encrusted layer which is now known as the Makgadikgadi Pans. As the Okavango River receded, the delta forged and flourished.
It is believed that the tribes of the Khoisan inhabited the areas of the Delta some thousands of years ago. Infringing on the land for 2000 years, at least, were groups of Buntu farmers, hunters and traders.
Once Botswana became colonialized by the arrival of the Europeans, the wildlife dwindled due to hunting. As a result, in 1962 the BaTwana people took steps to create the Moremi Game Reserve, which now covers a third of the Delta.