Okavango Delta – Botswana

The Okavango Delta in north-west Botswana is a stunning and very large inland delta of permanent marshlands and seasonally flooded plains formed from the flow of the River Okavango. The delta is rare in that it does not flow into the ocean and is made up of lakes, canals, swamp and islands. Wild camping on one of these islands is possible following a dugout canoe trip with locals into the delta.

Okavango Delta Botswana
Tranquil Okavango Delta
Okavango Delta Botswana
Dugout canoes are a primary way of exploring deeper into the Okavango Delta

The ecological significance of the Okavango Delta was highlighted by it being added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in June 2014. In addition to its ecological significance of having over two million hectares of relatively undisturbed wetlands and seasonally flooded grasslands the delta is home to a wide variety of wildlife including endangered species such as the White Rhinoceros and African Wild Dog. Big cats roam the delta too. It is an incredibly important natural wonder.

Okavango Delta Botswana
The stunning Okavango Delta
Sunset Okavango Delta Botswana
Okavango Delta Botswana
Okavango Delta Botswana
Early morning fog

A flight over the Okavango Delta is a great way to take in the scale of the place. You can arrange these in the town of Maun that is on the edge of the delta.

Cessna Flight Okavango Delta Botswana
Take a Cessna flight over the Okavango Delta
Okavango Delta Botswana flight
Over the delta
Okavango Delta Botswana Elephants
Elephants on the Okavango Delta
Islands Okavango Delta Botswana
The many islands of the Okavango Delta
Okavango Delta Botswana

The Okavango Delta is another of the many impressive places in Botswana. This sparsely populated country was a real highlight of my journey to Southern Africa.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. jduncangould says:

    Like your post. It brought up a bunch of memories. I went into the Okavango few years back and got poled up the delta. We were supposed to stay overnight in a pup tent on a small island which already had 3 elephants breaking trees on the other side. There was hippo spoor all around the proposed camp and a buffalo skull, just for atmosphere. I bailed out and got poled back to solid land. Just looked like too much downside exposure. Your shots of water lilies are brilliant, stay well.

    1. Deano says:

      Thanks. Yes it can be a bit of a “zoo” out there. Woke up to some commotion overnight with elephants in the camp site!

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