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Botswana - Okavango Delta

An aerial map of the Okavango Delta, Botswana, showing the locations of safari camps.
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Safari camps in the Okavango Delta are open throughout the year. Most camps in the Delta are small permanent tented camps though there are a few lodges. Activities in the Okavango's safari camps vary from camp to camp, and may fluctuate with the level of the annual flood.

Elephants graze on the floodplain in front of Mombo in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.
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Land-based camps offer day and night game drives throughout the year (with the exception of those in the Moremi Game Reserve, where night drives are not permitted). Mid-day bush walks are an option as well. Some have game hides from which you can watch wildlife up-close, or even sleep out under the stars in the company of an armed professional guide. When flood levels are high, many land-based camps offer seasonal water activities, such as mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) excursions, boating, and fishing.

The view from the lounge at Duba Plains in the Okavango Delta, Botswana overlooks fertile floodplains in front of the camp.
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Water-based camps offer boating, mokoro excursions, and fishing throughout the year, though the availability of motor boat excursions may depend on water levels. Walks and picnics on the lovely low-lying islands of the Delta are an additional option. Water-based camps may also offer game drives and other land-based activities when flood levels are low.

Mixed land and water camps have access to permanent water and offer both land and water activities throughout the year, though the emphasis may shift with flood levels.

A view of the interior of a tent at Chitabe Camp in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.
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While walking safaris are not a primary focus in the Delta, it is possible to do a one or two-night walking trail in selected reserves.

A journey to the Okavango is as much about experiencing its magical atmosphere as it is about game-viewing. The experience of gliding silently through the reeds in a mokoro and encountering the more subtle aspects of this unique environment definitely shouldn't be missed. Tiny jewel-like frogs cling to papyrus stems, and brightly coloured kingfishers flit among the reeds. Day and night water lilies dot oxbow lagoons and meandering waterways, whose crystalline waters enable you to see straight to the Delta's sandy bottom.

Guests observe a leopard sitting on a log at Mombo Camp in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.
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To truly experience the Okavango Delta, we recommend that you spend at least 5 or 6 nights and include camps offering both land and water activities in your itinerary. If you have limited time, you may prefer to base yourself at a single mixed land and water camp, which will offer the widest range of activities. We are happy to recommend camp combinations which will maximise your experience of the Delta's diversity.

The view from a mokoro in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.
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PRICING NOTE:   Because pricing depends on time of year, length of stay, and the particular combination of camps in a given itinerary (which affects the cost of light air transfers), we do not include pricing on our website. Please contact us and we will be happy to provide a quote for your desired itinerary or to suggest camps which will fit your budget.