The African nation of Botswana truly is a traveler’s haven. With its abundance of wildlife, diverse ecosystems and vibrant culture, this country has no shortage of experiences to discover. Situated in Northern Botswana is the ever changing, majestic Okavango Delta. An oasis in an otherwise harsh and dry landscape, the delta is home to some of the world’s most endangered species of large mammals.
Botswana’s Okavango Delta is approximately 16’000 square kilometres of unspoiled wilderness. Because of its vast size and difficult access much of the delta remains in pristine condition. It is unique in that it pulsates depending on the seasonal flood waters from Angola. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014, the Okavango Delta is protected by both the Moremi Game Reserve to the east and numerous wildlife organisations within the Ngamiland region.
Elephant Okavango Delta
Getting access to the Okavango Delta is relatively easy through town of Maun. The third largest town in the country, it serves as a gateway to both the Moremi Game Reserve and the Okavango Delta. In 1996, Maun International Airport officially opened its doors; which now provides direct flights in and out of bigger city hubs such as Johannesburg. Even though Maun may be quickly developing it has still has a rural village vibe where locals gather to sell their cattle and produce. There is a plethora of amenities as well as a wide range of hotels and lodges for travellers to choose from. Activities and tours out of Maun include game drives, mokoro safaris, walking safaris, birdwatching and cultural tours.
There are various tours and excursions in which you can experience the delta. The 3 incredible ways that I was able to do this was by air water and land.