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Okavango Delta, Botswana
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The Delta is an ecological wonder of meandering waterways surrounded by the Kalahari Desert.

A Botswana safari to the marvelous wonder that is the Okavango Delta will expose you to an abundance of wildlife. The ecological diversity of this vast expanse secured it a deserved spot on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

Wildlife to spot on safari in the Okavango Delta

Experience the unique and winding waterways known as the Okavango Delta on your holiday to Botswana. The area comprises 16 000 km sq of permanent marshlands and seasonally flooded plains. The Okavango Delta’s floods are fed by the Angolan rains, which start in October and finish in April. The Delta’s water ends in the Kalahari Desert – with over 95% of the water eventually evaporating – hence sometimes referred to as ‘the river that never finds the sea’.

Okavango Delta, Botswana
Okavango Delta, Botswana

Its meandering waterways, palm-fringed islands, ox-bow lakes, and lagoons give the area an exquisite beauty, as well as an abundant ecosystem. The annual flood tide revitalises ecosystems during the peak of the dry season, an extraordinary contrast between arid landscape and vibrant wetland. The transformation results in a large variety of wildlife. Some species leave during the rainy seasons and return during the drier winters.

When you embark on a Botswana safari through the Okavango Delta, you will explore an environment that supports large herds of elephant, antelope, and buffalo, as well as hippo, giraffe, crocodile, lion, cheetah, leopard, wildebeest, rhino, zebra and baboon. An Okavango Delta safari will bring you in close contact with over 400 species of birds, including the African fish eagle, Pel’s fishing owl, crested crane, lilac-breasted roller, ostrich and the sacred ibis.

A Mokoro Experience in the Okavango Delta

Make your Botswana safari a memorable one by exploring the Okavango Delta with a mokoro ride.
The mokoro canoes are made from the dug-out trunks of large trees. The local Botswana people that hand-make these mokoros have become experts in this craft, making it their main source of income. Supporting this venture and travelling on hand-made mokoros are recommended for a Botswana safari.
The mokoros are guided by a poler who steers the canoe. He uses a method of propulsion (pushing a pole into the water beneath the mokoro) to navigate along the river. This method of propulsion decreases any negative impacts on the sensitive water environment below.

The mokoro experience on your Botswana safari is not to be missed. It is a great way to explore the Okavango Delta, Botswana national parks, the beautiful surroundings and a great variety of African wildlife.

A safari to the Okavango Delta with Jenman

10-day Botswana Safari Escape package

Make your vacation to the Okavango Delta an unforgettable Botswana safari experience with the 10-day Botswana Safari Escape package. A scenic flight over the Delta will give you a bird’s eye view over its winding waterways. You will also get to explore the Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park.

15-day Botswana Wildlife Breakaway

A traditional mokoro excursion in the Okavango Delta is part of the 15-day Botswana Wildlife Breakaway and a definite highlight on your safari to Botswana. Game viewing in Hwange National Park and a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe are also included.

8-day Victoria Falls, Chobe & Okavango Delta safari package

On the 8-day Victoria Falls, Chobe & Okavango Delta safari package you will get to discover the Okavango Delta in all its glory. There is also the opportunity to explore the wildlife-rich areas of Greater Moremi and the Khwai River as well as Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

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