Okavango Delta safari options are as diverse as the Okavango Delta is magical with some of Africa’s top safari operators offering fantastic safari options. Those wishing to explore the Okavango Delta have the option of an Okavango Delta safari designed by an experienced tour operator or for the more adventurous a safari planned themselves. All safari types are intrinsically linked with the overall aspiration to experience an authentic Okavango Delta safari.
Hunting has recently been banned in Botswana, and so all safaris are now photographic. The decision to ban hunting was taken by the Government of Botswana after much debate and is intended to preserve the unique natural habitat bequeathed to the world by the nation’s protection of the wild since independence. A successful photographic safari requires careful planning with those new to Botswana taking advantage of safari packages which include many of the country’s diverse habitats and those returning often seeking to focus on a particular area.
Walking safaris can either be conducted from permanent camps and lodges or from specialised walking camps. They offer those on safari the ability to get extremely close to nature in much the same way that early explorers did. For the competent rider, a riding safari offers a unique safari experience. Conducted by specialist operators these riding safaris have been offered since 1986 and provide a wonderful way of exploring the Okavango Delta.
Mokoro Safaris are offered at many camps and lodges in the Okavango Delta. These relaxing safaris allow the Okavango Delta to be explored at a human level. For those on a budget a number of safari operators depart from fixed bases and then camp on islands in the Okavango Delta.
In order to preserve the delicate ecosystem of the Okavango Delta camps and lodges are semi-permanent and many are tented thus a safari will most likely involve camping at some time. Camps range from very basic to extremely luxurious with something to suit every taste and budget.
For the more adventurous a self drive safari allows a more independent way of travelling. It must be emphasised that the Okavango Delta can be harsh and unforgiving and that experience combined with thorough planning and the right equipment is essential.