The Okavango Delta is one of the world’s great inland waterways. And an Okavango Delta safari is an ultimate bucket list experience.
The meandering Okavango River is breathtaking, seen either by boat, airplane or mokoro. The main choices are to go on safari in Moremi Game Reserve or stay at one or two of the many lodges. The animals, the birding, flora and fauna are spectacular.
Visit the Tsodilo Hills, a 10 sq km area UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its 4500 rock paintings. It’s about a 40 km drive along a good grade dirt road from Shakawe.
Experiencing an Okavango Delta safari
The Okavango Delta, it’s amazing and one of the best things to do in Botswana. Fabulous. One the most magical places in the entire world. The budget minded can take the bus from Maun to Sepopa. There is now a river taxi that travels daily from Sepopa to Seronga and coordinates with the buses. If your timing is off stay at Swamp Stop overnight. In Seronga you can stay at the Polers Trust and enjoy the mekoro trips.
Much of the area is divided into large concessions run by various safari groups. Development is strictly regulated so that there is little development and lots of wildlife. It is expensive, but worth it to stay in some of these permanent tented campsites. The guides are knowledgeable, and the accommodations very comfortable.
Wilderness Safaris runs many great camps for Okavango Delta safaris.
They are all inclusive: two wildlife rides a day, all meals, snacks and drinks are included in the price.
Is an Okavango Delta safari safe?
The Okavango Delta is generally considered safe for travelers, although as with any part of Africa necessary precautions should always be taken. The Okavango is home to many potentially dangerous animals (including, but not limited to, the Nile Crocodile, Lion and Hippo) but attacks on tourists are virtually unheard of, it is best to closely follow the instructions of your guide at all times.
Malaria, along with many other mosquito-borne illnesses, can be present within the Okavango and thus preventive measures are imperative. It is important to note that the occurrence of mosquito-borne illnesses is much higher in the wet season (the same is true for any tropical location.)
Insider Travel Tip
Use Tiger Balm and rub it around your ankles, especially before dawn. Then see how the mosquitos come close & fly away again. Better than any chemical stuff, if you ask me.