The Okavango Delta Safari: An Unforgettable Experience
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Exploring the Okavango Delta: A Guide to Botswana Safaris
The Okavango Delta is one of the world's most unique and beautiful natural wonders. This vast inland delta in Botswana is home to an incredible array of wildlife, including leopards, lions, giraffes, elephants, hippos, and much more. It is also not only the worlds largest inland delta, but a UNESCO World Heritage site, making the area a must-see destination for any nature lover visiting Botswana.
Truly an unforgettable experience, an Okavango Delta safari takes you on a journey through winding waterways and lush green islands, allowing one to discover the incredible wildlife that call this place home. You'll spend your days exploring this unique ecosystem, watching the wildlife, and soaking up all of the stunning scenery. Your nights are spent in eco-friendly and comfortable accommodations, with nothing but the noises of the African bush to lullaby you to sleep.
A typical safari will have you traversing seasonal waters in a traditional mokoro, a dugout canoe typically made from the trunks of African sausage trees. This allows you to glide silently through shallow waters and get up close and personal with animals that walk to the banks of the river.
The Okavango Delta is home to an incredible array of wildlife, including Africa's most iconic animals and many more. You have an opportunity to see lions, elephants, cheetah, leopards, giraffes, hyena, hippos, and crocodiles to name just a few. One thing to also note, is that the Okavango Delta in particular is home to one of the densest populations of the extremely endangered African Wild Dog. A birdwatchers paradise, the delta is also home to hundreds of bird different species.
While many animals call the Okavango Delta their home, some appear more seasonally. After the rains have ended and the rest of the country is in the dryer winter months, the delta flood waters attract larger animals to venture out from surrounding areas in search of this seasonal paradise.
There is a variety of accommodations available in the Okavango Delta, ranging from luxury lodges to more rustic camps designed for more affordability. Lelobu Safaris offers eco-friendly camps and lodges that are designed to have minimal impact on the environment. You'll find everything from comfortable beds to delicious African meals that can be catered to your dietary requirements. Ensuring you have a relaxed and comfortable stay.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the Okavango Delta would really depend on what you plan to see and do. With seasons that change entire experiences every month, the delta is always a great place for a safari no matter what time of year.
The Okavango flood typically brings around the peak time for wildlife and activities, as more animals and especially birdlife congregate to the area during the months of May through to October. With this seasonal flood water, more activities like boat cruises and mokoro excursions become available throughout the delta as well. From October, the flood waters begin to dry and the hottest time of year begins. With less greenery and water, it becomes increasingly easier to search for wildlife during this time. As the flood waters dry however, mokoro and boating activities becomes less available in a lot of Okavango areas. Luxury lodges still have access to year-round water and are a go-to option for those who still plan on experiencing mokoro from November to April.