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Travelling to the Okavango Delta, Botswana

04 June, 2024

Nestled in the heart of southern Africa, the Okavango Delta in Botswana is a pristine oasis of natural beauty and biodiversity. The Delta is a destination like no other, offering a unique travel experience for nature lovers, adventure seekers and wildlife enthusiasts alike.

The Beloc editors prepared some compelling reasons why you should consider travelling to this breathtaking natural wonder.

Unique Ecosystem

Travelling to the Okavango Delta, Botswana
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The Okavango Delta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest inland delta in the world, a unique type of wetland system that forms when a river reaches a flat area and spreads out, creating a network of channels, lakes and marshes. It undergoes dramatic changes throughout the year, from lush greenery during the rainy season to arid landscapes during the winter months. Each season offers a new perspective on wildlife, making it a great place to visit at any time of the year. The delta’s waters originate in the highlands of Angola and flow into Botswana, creating seasonal floods.

The flooding of the river transforms the area into a mosaic of waterways, lagoons, islands and floodplains that attract wild animals in search of water and food. Buffalo, zebras, antelopes of various species, hippopotamuses, lions, leopards and many others live here. More than 400 species of birds have been recorded in the area, from majestic raptors to colourful kingfishers and rare species such as Pel’s fishing owl.

The most famous inhabitants of the Okavango are elephants. They can often be seen in reed beds, grazing on river banks or swimming in the water. Another symbol of the delta is crocodiles. They live in its waters and play an important role in the balance of the ecosystem, controlling the numbers of other species.

Culture and traditions

Apart from its natural beauty, the Okavango Delta is also rich in cultural heritage. Visitors have the opportunity to meet and interact with the local communities living in and around the delta: the Bantu, San and Herero tribes.

The Bantu tribe live in small villages and engage in agriculture, fishing and hunting. They have a rich cultural and musical tradition and often hold celebrations and dances. The San tribe, also known as the Bushmen, are one of the oldest tribes in Africa. They traditionally live as hunter-gatherers and have a unique language and culture. The Herero tribe, living in the northern Okavango Delta, are known for their traditional clothing, jewellery and rituals.

Local tribes play an important role in preserving the rich cultural heritage of the Okavango Delta region and continue to live in harmony with nature in this amazing part of Africa.

Types of safaris

Travelling to the Okavango Delta, Botswana
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The most unique opportunity to explore the Okavango Delta is to explore its waterways by mokoro boat or on foot during high season to get up close and personal with hippos, crocodiles and a variety of waterfowl. In addition to traditional safaris, you can go fishing or horse riding with Africa Brut!

Many lodges in the Okavango offer night safaris, giving visitors the chance to see nocturnal animals, leopards and hyenas. The thrill of exploring the delta after dark adds an extra element of excitement to the safari.

The Okavango Delta’s remote location away from light pollution makes it an ideal location for stargazing. On clear nights, you can see the Milky Way and countless stars twinkling in the sky, a truly magical backdrop for your African safari. The peace of the Okavango at night is a soothing and rejuvenating experience that allows you to completely relax your body and soul.

Lodges and campsites

Travelling to the Okavango Delta, Botswana
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The Okavango Delta offers a range of accommodation options, from luxury safari lodges to rustic bush camps. The Africa Brut team will show you the best options for your holiday, just book a tour! Luxury lodges offer a high level of comfort and service, accommodation in stylish rooms, restaurants with gourmet cuisine and spa centers. For those who prefer to get closer to nature, there are tented camps in the Okavango Delta. Some islands have special campsites where guests can pitch a tent and spend the night under the stars. This is a great option for the more adventurous travellers.

Many hotels and tour operators in the Okavango Delta are committed to sustainable and responsible tourism, ensuring that visitors can enjoy this natural wonder while minimizing their impact on the environment. By choosing eco-friendly hotels and supporting environmental initiatives, travellers can contribute to the long-term conservation of the delta’s fragile ecosystem.

One travel recommendation from the Beloc team is to fly into the town of Maun, the gateway to the delta, and from there take a scenic small light plane over the delta to reach your chosen camp or lodge. The aerial views are breathtaking with winding waterways, lush islands and abundant wildlife.

Whether you’re gliding through the waterways on a mokoro, watching a lioness hunt her prey, or admiring a spectacular African sunset over the savannah, a trip to the Okavango Delta promises an unforgettable experience that will stay with you long after you’ve returned home.

The Okavango Delta is a unique place and an unforgettable experience! Hope you’ll enjoy it!