Guide to Visiting Okavango Delta

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Kayaking in Okavango Delta © Tim Copeland – world/Flickr

The abundant wildlife makes the swampy Okavango Delta one of the prime safari destinations in Africa. Unlike the usual deltas, whose waters slowly flow towards the sea, Okavango finds itself in the middle of the arid Kalahari plateau. Okavango river’s waters fade into the desert, but not before they give birth to an amazing mix of swamps, marshes and canals. This huge swamp is home to an incredibly diverse fauna: hundreds of species of birds, fish and mammals. This short guide to visiting Okavango Delta contains everything there is to know, from attractions to health and safety tips:

What to see

Nature: untouched, brutal, beautiful nature! Here in Okavango you can see most of the animals that Africa is famous for, such as giraffe, elephant, hippo, crocodile, zebra or leopard; an incredible number of bird species. Plus, numerous species of trees and wetland grasses. Visiting Okavango Delta represents a unique experience: unlike in the usual, 4-wheel-drive safari, here you can walk, drive, and, most often, ride a canoe through the labyrinthical canals.

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Okavango Delta ©lwh50/Flickr

Best time to visit

The ideal time to visit the Delta depends on your particular interests. Summer (June-September) is considered to be the peak season, with cooler, drier weather and allegedly more chances to spot wildlife. For birdwatchers, the wet season (November-April) is highly recommended.

Accommodation in Okavango

You can find numerous safari lodges and camps at the outer limits of Okavango Delta. These range from very basic camp sites to luxurious game lodges, whit their own restaurant and pool. Some popular lodges and camps are: Stanley’s Camp, Mombo Camp, Abu Camp, Chitabe Camp, Little Kware Camp.

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Kayaking in Okavango Delta © Tim Copeland – world/Flickr

Health and Safety trips

While it would be exaggerated to say that Okavango is the most dangerous place on Earth, it would also be unfair to say that it is the safest. There is always a risk when getting close to wild, unpredictable animals, so it’s best to take the advice of your guide. Don’t adventure on your own, and especially not at night. Also, remember to cover your exposed skin areas with a thick layer of sunscreen: the African sun is stronger than most tourists are used to endure.

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Elephant in Okavango Delta ©Tim Copeland – world/Flickr

Heat and dehydration can always be a problem when traveling to Africa, so make sure you have access to plenty o bottled water. Malaria can be a potential danger in a wet place like Okavango, so you might want to consider vaccination before your departure.

 

 

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