What makes an Okavango Delta safari unrivalled?
The Okavango Delta is an awe-inspiring destination for a first-time safari or for the safari veteran. The delta is an expensive destination to visit due to its remote location and voluminous nature.
However, despite its size, the number of camps is limited by regulations, allowing fewer guests to enter this pristine wilderness area, for lower environmental impact. These restrictions make any visit to the delta an exclusive experience, where you can enjoy the sensational wilderness landscapes undisturbed.
What makes the Okavango Delta experience different, and special to me, is the variety of activities on offer.
The best way to explore the delta is by boat. You could take a speed boat deep into the watery heart of the wetland to witness the abundance of bird and animal life, supported by the floodwaters. Or, opt for a more leisurely cruise boat. From a lodge I was staying at, we headed out in one of these and enjoyed breakfast on board, surrounded by yawning hippos.
You could also choose a peaceful mokoro journey through the shallow waters. This traditional dugout canoe is expertly navigated by a guide, who stands at the back and propels it with a long pole.
A spectacular way to experience the delta is from the air, in an open helicopter. Options range from 30 minutes to one hour and give you a unique perspective on the landscape and wildlife. I consider a helicopter safari an essential addition to any Okavango holiday!
Land-based activities include safari game drives to seek out the Big 5 and walking safaris. The wildlife in the delta is exceptional, but sadly, rhino are almost impossible to see, due to heavy poaching. This means that if you would like to see all of the Big 5, a Kruger safari is more appropriate for you. I had a truly excellent walking safari at one of the lodges I visited and highly recommend it to all my clients.
The memories that I made here will last a lifetime and I sincerely hope that many of you reading this will have the opportunity to experience this wonder for yourselves.
Diana and the Leopard Team
P.S. If you’d like help in planning a seamless escape to the Okavango Delta, send us an email and we’ll be happy to help.
P.P.S Watch this short video for a glimpse of what you can experience in the delta.