Why Tourists Love the Okavango Delta in Botswana

The Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s last great natural sanctuaries!

Tourists to the Okavango Delta love this Botswana wildlife destination and its spread of peaceful mokoro safaris, enticing walking trails, comfortable luxury camps and an overriding conservation ethos.

Most tourists know that the Okavango Delta is the beating heart of Botswana renowned for its superb ecosystems and rich wildlife. It’s the best place for land and water game viewing, in 4×4 vehicles, on foot and via mokoro canoes. Book your holiday in Africa with Voyage2Africa and get the best rates here!

Travelers and Africa safari lovers are drawn to the Okavango Delta for several compelling reasons. This seasonal wetland stands out as one of the largest inland estuaries globally, its distinctive scenery and innate biodiversity something to remember forever. The delta is inextricably linked to the Okavango River which rises in the Angolan highlands and flows into the Kalahari Desert to form this unique ecosystem. It spreads across a massive 15,000 square km network of channels and lagoons and sustains the varying grassland and wetland habitats in between. 

view of Camp Okavango and the sunset in the distance
The Okavango Delta is one of a very few large inland delta systems without an outlet to the sea, known as an endorheic delta, its waters drain instead into the desert sands of the Kalahari Basin.

Fall in love with the Okavango Delta in Botswana because you can meet iconic species such as elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, and plentiful antelope species. Birdwatchers are also treated to over 450 bird species while photographers keep their fingers on that capture button. 

Private camps in the Delta offer a plethora of activities for visitors, including guided game drives, bush walks, traditional mokoro rides, horseback riding, fishing, and stargazing. Expert game rangers and trackers lead tourists into the wonderland and feed them with fascinating morsels of biodiversity information.

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The Okavango Delta is the Best Botswana Safari Holiday in Africa

The Okavango Delta is much more than a wildlife destination – it’s the best Botswana safari holiday in Africa. Most importantly, the Okavango is home to indigenous communities like the Batswana and San people, who have a deep-rooted connection to the land and its resources. Indeed, there is more to the wetland than meets the eye – it’s a melting pot of cultures, home to five indigenous groups with distinct identities and traditions. Controlled tourism development includes these communities as they continue their natural way of life while adapting to increasing modern influences.

The Okavango Delta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to this unique ecological and cultural richness where continuing environmental processes sustain all living things in the region. It is unusual that the annual flooding from the Okavango River occurs during the dry season, shaping the biological cycles of its flora and fauna.

Guide giving two people a canoe safari ride through the rivers
A mokoro is a traditional canoe or dugout boat used in the African region of the Okavango Delta, particularly in Botswana.

Tourists love the Okavango Delta because it remains remote, off the beaten track and wild – they want to experience its specialty while avoiding mass tourism so prevalent in Africa.  Unlike more popular safari destinations, this floodplain offers visitors an exclusive and authentic African safari experience, away from the crowds. During peak seasons, the delta hosts around 260,000 mammals, including elephants, lions, leopards, and a myriad of other species, making it a dream destination for wildlife enthusiasts. More than 150 000 islands are constantly evolving due to animal activity and floodwaters.

5 Reasons Why Tourists Rate the Okavango Best in Botswana

  1. Geological Phenomena: Formed by the intricate interaction of tectonic movements and ancient river systems, the delta’s evolution spans millennia. It’s an intricate network of channels and islands shaped by geological forces, creating a landscape unlike any other on Earth.
  2. Synchronized Ecosystems: One of the mysteries of the Okavango Delta is its perfectly synchronized ecosystems. Unlike typical river deltas that flood during the rainy season, the Okavango experiences its annual water influx during the dry season. This has led to a remarkable adaptation among the delta’s flora and fauna, with plants and animals adjusting their life cycles to coincide with the seasonal floods. 
  3. Cultural Wealth: Indigenous communities such as the Batswana and San people have inhabited the Okavango for centuries, forging deep connections with the land and its resources. Cultural tourism allows visitors to gain a deeper understanding of its heritage, from traditional fishing techniques to ancient storytelling passed down through generations.
  4. Microcosm of Evolution: Within the confines of the Okavango Delta, evolution continues, and scientists keep studying biodiversity in action. The delta’s isolated ecosystems serve as natural laboratories, where species adapt and diversify in response to environmental pressures. From specialized plant adaptations to unique animal behaviors, the delta is a scientist’s dream location. 
  5. Conservation Success Stories: The delta has been preserved as a sanctuary for wildlife and unique ecosystems through concerted efforts by local communities, government agencies, and conservation organizations. Rare and endangered species, including cheetahs, white rhinoceros, and African wild dogs, survive here, offering hope for the future of conservation efforts globally.

Top Safari Tour Packages to the Okavango Delta in 2024


family viewing a herd of elephants walk by in Botswana
This safari to Botswana focusses unashamedly on the Okavango Delta. Superb luxury camps in Moremi on this all-inclusive fly-in package.
  • Timeless Okavango Delta Safari Holiday Package – three camps, 9 nights and a chance to get very close to wild animals on game drives, mokoro quests and bush walks in the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve. Join Machaba Safaris in their 3 luxury wilderness camps on this immersive wildlife safari. From the chic 1950s styled Machaba Camp to the classic 5-star Gomoti Plains Camp and ending at the newer Kiri eco Camp with boat rides to find game.

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Wooden deck area overlooking the river at Camp Xakanaxa in Botswana
A safari package that includes three rivers & exceptional wildlife viewing. Best of Okavango, Chobe & Zambezi Rivers of Zimbabwe & Botswana.
  • Three Iconic Rivers Safari Package – three rivers, 6 nights and a whirlwind tour of Botswana’s best landmarks for wildlife and adventure. The best luxury lodges and a rustic chic camp site all add value to this Victoria Falls-Chobe-Okavango Delta safari tour. Includes boat cruises, nature walks, game drives and some of the best cooking in Africa. Elephant herds, lions on the hunt and hippos everywhere.

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table mountain in cape town south africa
The ultimate honeymoon safari to Charming Cape Town & the Okavango Delta. Explore the best of South Africa & then fly to the bush in Botswana.
  • Beautiful Cape Town and Okavango Delta Honeymoon Holiday – the perfect finale for a fabulous honeymoon in Africa is just right at Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp in a 25 000ha private wildlife concession. Spend 4 nights enjoying guided mokoro excursions, awesome wildlife viewing and exclusive safari accommodation. The romance begins in Cape Town’s award-winning Twelve Apostles Boutique Hotel, on the spectacular Twelve Apostles Table Mountain Park. Hikes, spa treatments, wine tasting and sunset cocktails.

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group of guests on a sunset cruise down the river with drinks
Zimbabwe and Botswana Blitz. Safari holiday of the Okavango Delta, Moremi National Park, Victoria Falls and the National Parks of Zimbabwe.
  • Transformational 10-Night Botswana Zimbabwe Blitz Tour – from the wetlands of the Okavango Delta to the grasslands of Hwange National Park, then back to the mighty Zambezi River, tourists love intensive wildlife viewing, long warm days and adventure thrills and spills. The intimate Shinde Camp features polished wooden boardwalks raised in a kind of tree house setting with views over the reeded Shinde Lagoon. The ideal tranquil start to a busy African tour.

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Join Voyage2Africa to explore the famous Okavango Delta, more than just a picturesque destination but also a source of geological formations, indigenous people and natural resources. Tourists visit this safari destination for its solitude, untouched beauty and haven of Africa’s best wildlife.

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