Okavango Delta – A Trip to Wilderness
If you are planning to venture into the wild, Okavango Delta is one of the most exotic destinations you would love visiting. Regarded as one of Nature’s outstanding creations, the Okavango Delta offers the tourists with a deep perception of Africa’s truly unimaginable wilderness. Declared a World Heritage Site, this vast and virgin freshwater wetland is the world’s only inland delta and it is situated in Botswana’s Kalahari region and is famed as the ‘jewel’ of Botswana.
A journey into Okavango Delta is synonymous to a trip to wilderness as well as a journey to a land of serenity. Far from the chaos of civilization, here is your chance to harmonize with nature as you watch the spectacular and unspoiled wonders of nature.
According to record, Okavango Delta is home to 1,300 species of flowering plants, 444 bird species, 71 fish species, and 122 mammals. Did we say 64 reptiles as well? The diversity within the Okavango eco-system is simply astonishing.
Places to see in Okavango Delta
The gateway to the Okavango Delta is Maun. Maun refers ‘the place of the short reeds’. Considered as the tourism capital of Botswana it is the entrance to many of Botswana’s vacation attractions. Okavango Delta, Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Makgadikgadi and Nxai saltpans, and Lake Ngami all these places can be accessed from Maun. It is an ideal stopover for the tourist and they can hire vehicles and camping materials. There are good accommodations all over the town.
You can enjoy a cruise on the Thamalakane River in Maun that is very popular. Tourists can also enjoy fishing and swimming here without the crocodile fear. The Nhabe Museum is another interesting place to drop in with regular exhibitions, friendly and informative staff, and an excellent gift shop.
Okavango Delta Animals
One can also enjoy the Maun Game Reserve. Giraffes, kudu, impalas, lions, hippos, red lechwe, warthogs, and a variety of birds can be found in the reserve.
A ‘must visit’ on your list should be Moremi Game Reserve. It has won several accolades and is spread over a whopping 3900 sq kms. It is located in the central and eastern areas of the Okavango, and includes the Moremi Tongue and chief’s island, which boasts of one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems in Africa.
Okavango Delta Mixed Camps
To enjoy the wilderness of Okavango Delta, we recommend joining ‘mixed camps’. A mixed camp comes with the exciting ‘mokoro’ riding in the shallow water as well as game driving and walking safaris. Wandering through the channels and lagoons in a ‘mokoro’ and enjoying the vastness of nature’s rugged beauty spread over the riverine forest and wetland would be an experience of a lifetime.
When to visit Okavango Delta
To enjoy the water safaris, June to August is the season to visit. For some excellent bird watching one should plan to visit the delta around November to April. For game viewing winter time is also great.