March 28, 2023 3 min read

Okavango Delta, Botswana: A Comprehensive Guide

Discover the wonders of the Okavango Delta, one of the world's most unique and pristine safari destinations. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a true African jewel, with its maze of channels, lagoons, and islands teeming with wildlife. In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into the best time to visit, the wildlife highlights, and the accommodation options available.

Introduction and Overview of Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is located in northern Botswana and covers an area of 15,000 square kilometers (5,800 square miles). This inland delta is formed by the Okavango River, which floods the area annually, creating a vast wetland ecosystem. The delta is a haven for wildlife, providing a refuge for numerous species, including the Big Five (elephants, lions, leopards, African buffalo, and rhinoceros) and over 400 bird species. The Okavango Delta offers a truly unique and unforgettable safari experience, with its stunning landscapes, abundant wildlife, and diverse range of activities.

Best Time to Visit: Advantages and Disadvantages of Each Month

January - March

  • Advantages: Lush green scenery, excellent birdwatching, and lower rates at lodges and camps
  • Disadvantages: Heavy rainfall, increased humidity, and some areas may be inaccessible due to flooding

April - June

  • Advantages: Cooler temperatures, lower visitor numbers, and moderate rates at lodges and camps
  • Disadvantages: Cooler mornings and evenings, occasional rainfall, and vegetation may still be dense

July - October

  • Advantages: Dry season, excellent wildlife viewing, concentrated animal populations around water sources, and lower risk of malaria
  • Disadvantages: Peak season with higher visitor numbers, higher rates at lodges and camps, and chilly mornings and evenings

November - December

  • Advantages: Lower visitor numbers, moderate rates at lodges and camps, and pleasant temperatures
  • Disadvantages: Unpredictable rainfall, increased heat, and the onset of the wet season

Wildlife Highlights and Key Attractions

The Big Five

The Okavango Delta is home to the Big Five, offering excellent opportunities to spot elephants, lions, leopards and African buffalo. Rhino are less often spotted, but can be seen in some of the private concessions in and around the Delta.

Dusty Boots Travel - Xigera - Lion pride on game drive - Okavango Delta Botswana

Unique Wildlife

The delta hosts several unique and endemic species, such as the endangered African wild dog, red lechwe, and sitatunga antelope.

Dusty Boots Travel - Mombo - Lechwe Okavango Delta Botswana

Mokoro Safaris

One of the most iconic experiences in the Okavango Delta is the mokoro safari, a traditional dugout canoe ride through the narrow channels and lagoons, offering a serene and intimate way to explore the delta.

Walking Safaris

Embark on a walking safari led by expert guides, providing a unique and intimate way to explore the delta's stunning landscapes and wildlife up close.


With over 400 bird species, the Okavango Delta is a prime destination for birdwatchers. Species such as the African fish eagle, Pel's fishing owl, and wattled crane can be spotted throughout the delta.

Accommodation Options and Safari Packages

The Okavango Delta offers a range of accommodation options to suit different budgets and preferences:

Luxury Lodges

These upscale lodges provide a luxurious stay, complete with fine dining, spa services, and high-end amenities.

Dusty Boots Travel - Mombo Camp Room View - Okavango Delta Botswana

Tented Camps

Tented camps offer an authentic safari experience while still providing modern comforts such as en-suite bathrooms and comfortable beds.

Dusty Boots Travel - Nxabega Camp Outside View of Tent

Mobile Camps

These seasonal, remote camps provide an intimate and immersive safari experience, allowing guests to truly connect with the surrounding wilderness.

Budget Campsites

For budget-conscious travelers, basic campsites provide an affordable option, with shared facilities such as bathrooms and cooking areas. These camps are mainly used by self-drive safari-goers. 

When it comes to safari packages, there are various options to choose from:

  1. Private Guided Safaris: Enjoy a personalized experience with a private guide who will tailor the safari to your interests and preferences.
  2. Group Safaris: Join a group of like-minded travelers and explore the Okavango Delta together, providing a more cost-effective option.
  3. Fly-In Safaris: Save travel time and access remote areas of the delta by flying directly to airstrips near your chosen accommodation.
  4. Horseback Safaris: Experience the delta on horseback, providing a unique perspective and allowing you to get closer to the wildlife.


The Okavango Delta is a must-visit destination for any wildlife enthusiast or safari seeker. Its unique landscapes, abundant wildlife, and range of accommodation options make it an ideal choice for an unforgettable African safari experience. We hope this comprehensive guide has provided valuable insights to help you plan your dream safari to the Okavango Delta. Stay tuned for our next destination guide: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda: A Comprehensive Guide.

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Images by our travel partners &Beyond, Wilderness Destinations & Xigera Safari Lodge

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