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 OKAVANGO DELTA

The Okavango Delta is a unique inland delta situated in the midst of the arid  Kalahari Desert. The waters create an oasis of over 16,000 square km which teems with animal, plant, fish and bird wildlife.

 
The cycle of water begins with the start of the rains usually the end of October beginning of November. The floods begin their 6 month, 250km journey downstream from the catchment area in the Angolan highlands through a multititude of waterways ending somewhere near Maun.
 
The watercourses constantly change due to annual flooding, sediment deposits, seismic activity, termite moundsand new vegetation growth.
 
There are two distinct areas of the Okavango Delta - the permanent swamp, which is has water all year round,  and the seasonal swamp, which is flooded annually and dries gradually with the onset of summer. The waters create islands surrounded by crystal clear lagoons which are dotted with waterlilies.

Accommodation in the Okavango and Moremi  is typically tented accommodation which are built onto wooden platforms to reduce the impact of the camp on the environment.

Okavango camps are generally of a very high standard with all the creature comforts needed to be comfortable in the African bush. Some camps are very luxurious offering in addition to beautifully decorated surroundings, sumptuous meals, spa treatments and more. Guests should be aware however that the Okavango is essentially a wilderness experience and as such there are some contraints which come with a lack of mains electricity and water.
Very few camps offer baths air-conditionaing and hair dryers and almost no camps have cell phone reception. Communication between camps is via HF radio and satellite phone so clients can be reached in an emergency. If you have specific criteria (such as air con) please discuss these with us so they can be accommodated.
  The annual Okavango floods start to recede
 LATEST OKAVANGO NEWS

The Okavango Delta is experiencing a large flood this season. This is due to ‘left water’ from a large flood last year, good local rains that fell in April and May as well as good rains in the Angolan catchment area.
This is a natural and cyclical phenomenon that has affected all areas of Northern Botswana – some areas are wetter than others. This is a special time for Botswana as there is even water in the Savuti Channel after many, many years of it being dry. It means that large grassland areas and floodplains will be rejuvenated and wide ranging habitats are created for many waterfowl and mammal species

The high levels of water in the Delta can reduce game drive areas at some camps but at the water and land combination camps it means mokoro activities are now far more wide spread and offer a real opportunity for encountering game in the shallow floodplains.


OKAVANGO DELTA ACCOMODATION