Okavango Delta and Moremi
Botswana’s Okavango Delta offers one of Africa’s premier safari experiences with a diverse wetland ecosystem playing host to a wide range of species. Take to the channels in a traditional mokoro as you are navigated between the game-rich islands. If the Delta is Botswana’s crowning glory, then the Moremi Game Reserve is its gem, home to some of the best luxury safari camps in the country.
The Okavango Delta is one of the world’s natural wonders and a perennial draw for visitors to Botswana. It offers some of the best wildlife sightings on the whole continent thanks to the fertile flood plains created as the Okavango River fans out over 15,000 square kilometres. A labyrinth of waterways weave their way between islands which are home to a great range of animals from the big five to antelope such as red lechwe and tsessebe. The water also attracts a huge diversity of birdlife making it a twitcher’s paradise with Pel’s fishing owl and the African skimmer being some of its most well-known residents as well as carmine bee-eaters and malachite kingfishers. The Moremi Game Reserve is also considered the wild dog capital of Africa with impressive sightings, particularly during the dry season from June to November.
As well as offering exceptional game viewing, the Okavango Delta is also one of the most beautiful areas in Africa, which is best observed on a light aircraft flight, allowing you to take in the grand scale of it all. The Delta is also home to traditional dugout canoes called mokoros which are a popular way to explore the waterways. Not the most stable or comfortable option, they do provide a unique outlook with you suspended just above the water, making up-close wildlife encounters even more impressive. The diversity of the safari on offer in the Okavango Delta is one of its greatest appeals with game drives, walking safaris, boating, fishing and mokoros all on offer. Most camps are split into wet and dry to denote which activities are offered, with mixed being those which offer all activities, we recommend splitting your stay between at least one wet and dry camp to allow for the most all-encompassing safari experience.
The best known area of the Okavango Delta for game viewing is the Moremi Game Reserve which is wedged between the Delta itself and the Savuti channel to the north east. Moremi encompasses the famous Chief’s Island; considered to offer some of the best wildlife viewing in the whole of Africa which is shared by just three camps. The vast majority of people who visit Moremi do so as part of a fly in safari but there are areas around Khwai that can be accessed as part of a mobile safari too.
Laura from our product team recently went out to explore Botswana. Here, she tells us why travelling along the Okavango Delta by mokoro was one of her personal highlights.