About Okavango Delta
Formed from the Okavango River that originates in the Angola uploads , the Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta in the world. Some 11 cubic kilometres of water reaches the delta each year, feeds the delta, and leaves enough to flow even farther south into Lake Ngami.
The resulting floodplains are home to a wide variety of wildlife, from elephants to buffaloes, hippos to various antelopes, crocodiles, cheetahs, lions and leopards, hyenas, baboons, and more. Bird lovers too, will find more than 450 bird species, including the African Fish Eagle,Crested Crane, and Scared Ibis.
Popular ways to discover the region is via a mokoro, a traditional dug-out canoe. This wilderness region is popular for various safari tours.
First To Review: Corrie C.
May 11, 2010
The Okavango Delta was one of the highlights of my trip to Africa. We traveled 2 hours from Maun to start the trip, and piled into mokoros (hollowed out canoes made of a single piece of wood) to take us into the Delta. We had a poler/guide that steered the mokoro...I tried it a failed miserably! :) Once we were all set up in the Delta (tent up) we went for some bushwalks to see animals - we walked for hours! We saw dozens of elephants and plenty of sheepish giraffes. Even saw the recent remnants of a leopards lunch up a tree, but no sign of the big cat. That night we sang and danced and ate around the campfire with our guides and had an amazing time....but we probably also scared off any animals in the area, so we didn't have any visitors in camp that night. In the morning we went for another long bushwalk to check out some of the hippos, before packing up and heading back to Maun. It was absolutely incredible! The only thing better than being in the Delta was flying over it once we were back in Maun. It was amazing to get a different perspective on the Delta, and tfrom the air you can really see just how big it really is! If you have good eyes you can spot all kinds of animals...the highlight for me was seeing a herd of hundreds of elephants! Just amazing. Go to Botswana and visit the delta and take this flight....you won't regret it!
Jun 1, 2009
From Maun you can take several trips into the delta ranging from a daytrip by jeep or authentic canoe, up to flights which take you to luxourious resorts. We decided to take a speedboat, which took us to the center of the delta after a 5 hour trip. There we camped in the wild, cooking dinner on a campfire. During the day we went hiking to look for the game. In the evening you could enjoy beautiful sunsets.
Dec 24, 2008
There is nothing like waking up in the morning to animals all around you and birds. Or going to the shower and fighting off an elephant. Listening to the Hippo's laugh and the lions deep roar. I hope you all get to experience animals in their natural habitat before it isn't available.