Overflowing with wildlife, bursting with exotic plants and home to one of the most unique environments in the world, the Okavango Delta in Botswana’s Kalahari Desert is one of the most ecologically important places on earth.
So it should come as no surprise that June saw the delta become the 1000th site inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage List, joining the likes of the Great Barrier Reef, The Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal, as recognised places of outstanding universal value.
As well as making an entry onto the UNESCO list, in 2013 the Okavango Delta also secured a position as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. So, if you’re looking for a unique, spectacular and eye-opening destination for your next adventure, you couldn’t do much better than a trip to this unique region.
What makes the Okavango Delta so special?
Unlike most rivers and waterways around the world, the Okavango River that feeds the delta doesn’t empty into the sea, instead spreading out over an area of 6,000-15,000 square kilometres when it meets the tectonic trough in the middle of the Kalahari.
This huge influx of water into an otherwise dry and arid region enables a huge abundance of plant and animal life to thrive, resulting in one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Africa.
Where to stay
The Explore Tailormade team have a range of accomodation options in the Okavango Delta. As it's flooded for much of the year, one of the best ways to experience the region is to stay on a houseboat. From there you can journey deeper into the delta by mokoro (a type of dug-out canoe), exploring the ever-changing islands, mysterious lakes and crystal clear channels that make up the delta.
For those who prefer to keep their feet on dry land, there are also comfortable lodges and mobile camping options available, both of which offer you the chance to experience the delta in an authentic and unforgettable way.
Things to do
Though the delta is wet throughout the year, it’s in the summer months when the rest of the country is at its driest that the waters of the delta rise to their highest mark.
Fed by the summer rains from the Angolan Highlands around 1000km away, the delta provides food and water for local wildlife just when they need it the most.
As a result, the Okavango Delta is the perfect place to get close to nature and experience the variety and vibrancy that Botswana has to offer. From African bush elephants to rhinoceros and lions to antelope, you can see some of the most magnificent and beautiful creatures found anywhere on earth.
Whether you’re traveling to the area as part of longer African adventure or dedicating a week or two just to the region itself, the Okavango Delta makes an unforgettable destination for travellers of all ages.
And with the added recognition and protection that its recent UNESCO listing provides, the Okavango Delta is set to stay ‘one in a thousand’ for years to come.
Speak to Sarah Phelps, Explore Tailormade's Africa Regional Specialist on 0844 346 0091, view our suggested itinerary or complete our enquiry form to find out more about Botswana and the Okavango Delta.