Okavango Delta - The Land

The Land

The Okavango Delta is a vast ecosystem created as the Okavango River flows into the parched Kalahari Desert. The land underpins the wonder of the Okavango Delta.


The Land
Okavango Delta - The People

The People

Associations between people and the Delta started long before it came to the attention of the wider outside world during the second half of the 19th century.


The People
Okavango Delta - The Animals

The Animals

The Okavango Delta supports large concentrations of birds and animals and is perhaps one of the best places to see animals and birds in Africa.


The Animals

The Okavango Delta is a unique pulsing wetland. More correctly an alluvial fan, the delta covers between 6 and 15 000 square kilometres of Kalahari Desert in northern Botswana and owes its existence to the Okavango (Kavango) River which flows from the Angolan highlands, across Namibia’s Caprivi Strip and into the harsh Kalahari Desert.

Each year the Okavango River discharges approximately 11 cubic kilometres (1.1 × 10¹³ litres) of water into the Okavango Delta. Most of this water is lost to transpiration by plants (60%) and by evaporation (36%) with only 2% percolating into the aquifer system with the remainder finally flowing into Lake Ngami.

The Okavango Delta is affected by seasonal flooding with flood water from Angola reaching the Delta between March and June, peaking in July. This peak coincides with Botswana’s dry season resulting in great migrations of plains game from the dry hinterland.

Generally flat, with a height variation of less than two meters across its area, dry land in the Okavango Delta is predominantly comprised of numerous small islands, formed when vegetation takes root on termite mounds, however larger islands exist with Chief’s Island, the largest, having been formed on a tectonic fault line.

The 1000th site to be inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2014, the Okavango Delta is an important wildlife area protected by both the Moremi Game Reserve, on its eastern edge, and the numerous wildlife concessions within Ngamiland.

An oasis in an otherwise dry environment the Okavango Delta is known for its superb wildlife, with large populations of mammals and excellent birding particularly in the breeding season.

Very much at the centre of Botswana’s safari industry, the Okavango Delta features some of Africa’s premier camps and lodges including Mombo Camp, operated by Wilderness Safaris and Kanana, operated by Ker & Downey Botswana.

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Okavango Delta - John Knox Gibson

At Okavango Delta Explorations we specialise in crafting safaris to this unique ecosystem.

Call John Gibson today on +44 1264 73 60 80 or email us at info@okavangodelta.com


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Accommodation


Little Mombo

Little Mombo

Chief’s Island, Moremi Game Reserve

Little Mombo is situated in Africa’s premier game viewing area, Chief’s Island in the Moremi Game Reserve. This area is known for its huge concentrations of both general game and predators. The camp is perfect for small groups with only three rooms and allows guests to explore this prolific wildlife area in considerable comfort.


Little Mombo
Seba Camp

Seba Camp

Abu Concession, western Okavango Delta

Seba Camp is one of the few specialist family camps in the Okavango Delta. Situated in the prolific Abu Concession, Seba Camp overlooks a perennial lagoon. The camp comprises eight elevated en-suite tents with wonderful views over the floodplains. Seba Camp is a fantastic camp for children to learn about the wildlife.


Seba Camp
Riding Safaris

Vumbura Plains

Kwedi Concession, Okavango Delta

Split into two main camps, North and South, Vumbura Plains Camp has a total of fourteen rooms, all raised on wooden platforms and connected by a raised wooden walkways.


Vumbura Plains
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Safari Experiences


Photographic Safaris

Photographic Safaris

Take home magic memories

Photographic safaris preserve and protect this great wilderness area. There are a number of well established safari operators within the delta who offer comprehensive tours of the region.


Photographic Safaris
Walking Safaris

Walking Safaris

Get closer to nature

Walking safaris allow you to get close to the wildlife of the Okavango Delta and offer a unique way of exploring the Okavango and provide a glimpse of the original safari.


Walking Safaris
Riding Safaris

Riding Safaris

Ride with the great herds

Riding safaris allow you to really experience the Okavango Delta with daily expeditions exploring some of the most remote reaches of the Okavango Delta.


Riding Safaris

Concessions


Kwara Concession - Lion

Kwara Concession

game rich private concession

With considerable water boundary of 30 kilometres with the world famous Moremi Game Reserve allowing free movement of wildlife between these areas the concession has the advantage of the wildlife of the reserve without the restrictions on activities experienced within the reserve.


Kwara Concession
Chitabe Concession - Zebra

Chitabe Concession

an exclusive wilderness area

This concession borders the Moremi Game Reserve in the north and the east while the Santantadibe River and the Gomoti Channel are its western and eastern boundaries respectively. Even though it is very flat and made up of homogeneous Kalahari sand, Chitabe Concession has large variations in habitat patterns over relatively small distances.


Chitabe Concession
Kwedi Concession - Lion

Kwedi Concession

on the northern edge

Offering spectacular game viewing and birding opportunities all year round. The permanent swamp and island habitats abound with beautiful tree-islands of every size, surrounded in turn by permanent waterways created both by the summer rains and the annual winter floodwaters of the Okavango Delta.


Kwedi Concession