Five reasons you should visit the Okavango Delta

If you’re looking for a unique experience in Africa, then camping in the Okavango Delta may be just what you’re after.

The Okavango Delta is located in Botswana and is one of the world’s most unique ecosystems. It’s home to hippos, giraffes, elephants, wildebeest, warthogs and a plethora of other animals.

As part of an organised tour, I headed out to the Okavango Delta and tracked local wildlife, floated down the Delta past hippos and elephants on a mokoro (traditional canoe), and witnessed incredible sunsets and sunrises.

Here’s five reasons why you should make the trip to the Okavango Delta – with photos.

1. You can float through the Okavango Delta on a mokoro

The best way to enjoy the Okavango Delta is to float down its canals via a mokoro, which is a traditional canoe steered by local polers. The waters are clear, peaceful and calm – and you can also go wildlife spotting as you cruise the Delta – keeping an eye out for elephants, hippos and giraffes. It’s a very relaxing and beautiful way to explore this unique ecosystem.

2. You can learn about the local wildlife from locals

My tour included tracking wildlife on foot around the plains of the Okavango Delta, and learning about the traits of various animals such as elephants and giraffes from the local guides. All my guides were very knowledgeable and were able to answer any questions we threw at them.

3. See wildlife in their natural habitat

While tracking wildlife, we often came face to face with said wildlife. Giraffes and zebras were the main animals we spotted, but we also came across hippos, elephants, wildebeests and warthogs.

At night, you can hear (and maybe see) local wildlife from your campsite. After dark is when the animals are the most active, and we heard hippos in nearby ponds, and an elephant even paid our campsite a late night visit.

4. You’ll enjoy vibrant sunsets

The colourful and vibrant sunsets in the Okavango Delta were among the best sunsets I’ve seen anywhere in the world across more than 100 countries. I was simply blown away by the beauty of sunsets in Africa.

My favourite sunset in the Okavango Delta was when I sat on a pond in a mokoro, hippos a few hundred metres away, and watched the sunset over the water.

5. And you’ll also enjoy beautiful sunrises

Not only are the sunsets incredible in the Okavango Delta, but sunrises are also equally impressive.

2 thoughts on “Five reasons you should visit the Okavango Delta

  1. Zachi Chefetz

    Hello dear Lisa,
    I have read your interesting blog. thank you for the useful information.
    we are 3 friends from Israel age 67 ,planning to climb the Triglav in mid of coming JULY by ourselves .
    We wish to get the easiest option and less risk . we have 4 full days.
    Is it wise to do it without a guid ?
    If not , what is the best option ?
    sincerely ,

    1. Lisa Owen

      Hello, it is difficult to give you advice without knowing your ability and experience. If in doubt about your ability, you should hire a guide. I only recommend Triglav solo for confident and experienced hikers. Remember the weather can change quickly in the mountains too.

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