OKAVANGO DELTA

The Okavango delta is the largest inland delta in the world!

Okavango Delta

Some 1.6m hectares in area the Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta in the world and known to the locals as ‘the river which never finds the sea’. Arising as a result of rivers rising in Angola (to the north) and flowing south and then dividing to form a natural wetland consisting of natural reed filled water channels, lagoons and islands. The Okavango consists of 4 parts: the Inner Delta, the Eastern Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and the Okavango Panhandle.

The Okavango is best explored on foot and by mokoro (dug-out canoe) where ‘polers’ guide you through the labyrinth of channels, standing like gondoliers at the rear of the boat. An alternative is to fly over the reserve for a bird’s eye view. The Okavango is also very good for birders as huge numbers of waterfowl and raptors reside there, but you also find elephant, zebra, buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe, hippo, crocodile, lion and kudu here.  

Best time to visit the Okavango Delta

The yearly flooding of the basin allows the area to replenish its rich resources of lush grass that attract wildlife and brings new life to the region. To experience the peak of the floodwaters in the Delta, the best time to visit would be between June and September. The weather around these months is ideal, there is a very slight chance of rain with the days warm and the evenings slightly cooler. Peak season is between July and October,keep this in mind when booking as this is also the bussiest and most expensive so book early to avoid any disappointments. 

Green season and dry season

The dry season runs from mid April through to the end of October with the rainy or ‘Green Season’ from November through to mid April. The seasonal flood waters generally arrive in the Okavango Delta in June with the waters generally highest in July and Early August. The flood waters then start to recede from mid October onwards. Generally the best time for wildlife in the Delta is from May through to the end of October when animals are concentrated around the flooded areas. 

October and November are the hottest months of the year with temperatures averaging 35 Deg C while June and July have cool nights with pleasant days in the mid 20’s. 

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