Botswana Travel Guide to Okavango Delta

Mokoro excursion at Camp Okavango

The Okavango Delta is formed by a river that flows into the desert and dies in the sands. Before the river dies it forms a great inland wetland that supports a wide variety of wildlife. Besides being an oasis in the desert the Okavango, visible from space, is also one of Africa's greatest wilderness areas.

Wetland Wildlife Abounds

Island picnic at Jao CampThe Okavango may well be a wetland but there are hundreds of islands that host a wide variety of wildlife. The islands range in size from the huge Chief's Island to termite mound islets. The islands are generally comprised of floodplains and woodland.
In amongst these dry spots is a vast area of waterways inhabited by hippo, crocodiles, elephants and antelope.

The Best Time to Visit the Okavango Delta

Lechwe race across the DeltaThe Okavango can be visited year round, although to see the delta at its peak water levels the dry winter months are the best time to go. The water reaches it high mark generally in July - September.

In the summer months - November - March - the delta is spectacular in its new growth and it is the time when the antelope drop their young.

For birders the summer months are the time when the migrants are in numbers.
Also read Okavango Seasons for a very detailed synopsis.

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