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Okavango Delta & Moremi

Botswana

Overview

The Okavango Delta is an inland delta made up of a complex network of channels, lagoons and islands.

Its unique weather patterns create an ever-changing landscape. In May, the slow trickle of water from the Angolan Highlands floods the delta: the water channels fill and the lush greenery attracts many migratory birds. This is the time to visit if you’re looking for a water-based safari. Over the winter months, the delta dries up and the whole cycle starts again.

There’s so much to experience in this area: helicopter trips to view the palm islands, mokoro canoeing expeditions and spectacular game viewing in Moremi. But you get different experiences at different times of the year. That’s why it’s a good idea to talk to an expert before you visit – we can help make sure the experience you get is the one you were really dreaming of. 

Places to stay

  • Abu Camp

    Okavango Delta

    You learn about lots of different animals at Abu Camp. But really, it’s all about the elephants. It offers a...

  • andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

    Okavango Delta

    People started talking about Sandibe the second it opened. It’s an architecturally unique camp located on a private concession in...

  • Belmond Eagle Island Lodge

    Okavango Delta

    This is the flagship Belmond property and arguably the finest water camp in the Delta. It’s recently been extended and...

  • Sanctuary Chief's Camp

    Okavango Delta - Chief's Island

    Chief’s Camp is located in Moremi, one of the most exceptional areas in all of Botswana. The game-viewing is out...

  • Mombo

    Okavango Delta - Chief's Island

    When it comes to animal sightings, some camps have the knack. Mombo and Little Mombo are two of them. In...

  • Sanctuary Baines Camp

    Moremi

    Baines’ Camp is the smallest in the Sanctuary collection. We also think it’s their most romantic. The tents are beautiful...

  • andBeyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp

    Okavango Delta

    Decorated using a palette of pinks, whites and greens, Xaranna is as pretty as the water lily it takes its...

  • Chitabe

    Okavango Delta

    Name any type of landscape and Chitabe’s got it: open plains, marshlands, acacia woodland, riverine forest and grasslands. As a...

  • Jao Camp

    Okavango Delta

    Few camps are as sensitive to their surroundings as Jao. You’ll find it shaded by trees, in a private concession...

  • Okavango Guiding School

    Okavango Delta

    This is the real deal. When you train at the Okavango Guiding School, forget glamping: we’re talking bucket showers and...

  • Sanctuary Stanley's Camp

    Okavango Delta

    Stanley’s Camp is a textbook classic. The eight canvas tents come with a dash of the colonial-explorer vibe and are...

How

Fly from Johannesburg or Cape Town to Maun, then by light aircraft or helicopter to your lodge or camp. The Delta experience can be easily combined with Victoria Falls, or with the Kruger - our direct charter flights from Maun mean you can be in the Okavango Delta in the morning and on safari in the Kruger in the afternoon. 

When

The dry, winter period from May to September is the best time to visit – temperatures are more moderate and the Okavango Delta is generally flooded from June to October, making it possible to have the full, water-based experience. As it rarely rains during this period, animals are drawn to the water making them easier to spot. The clear skies do mean cold nights though! 
Between October and April, the Delta waters recede. Short, sharp rains make the area much greener and a haven for migratory birds. It can be exceptionally hot in October and November; in January and February expect more continuous rain. 

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