The Okavango Delta starts as the Okavango River (then known as Cubango) in the Angolan Highlands, passes through the Namibia and then enters Botswana in Mohembo and fans into a delta.
The Okavango Delta is the largest inland deltas in the world with a surface of over 16000 sq kilometres. The River spreads into a labyrinth of channels, lagoons, islands and creates truly great natural wonder of epic proportions. From what would have been an ordinary expanse of the Kalahari semi dessert is transformed into a huge oasis of swamp, flood plain, and water environment that supports enormous quantity and variety of plant, animal, fish and birdlife.
With forests of palms, grasslands, islands, flood plains and lagoons to be seen, tourists seeking the pleasure of adventure are sure to have one of the best experiences of their life. The delta waters actually spill into the sands of the Kalahari Desert.
The meeting of dry land and wet land gives that breath-taking contrast, popularly referred to as the 'Jewel of the Kalahari'. The delta has a number of first class lodges and camp sites where visitors touring the area could be accommodated. Bookings could be done in Maun.
What to do and see in the Okavango Delta
Explore in the Delta in a Mokoro (dug-out canoe)
Perhaps the best way to experience the Okavango Delta is by the Mokoro. This offers a serene and relaxing, almost meditative experience. Many of the lodges in the Delta offer Mokoro excursions into the Delta by experinced guides.
Elephant ride (reduce carbon footprint, leave only animal footprints).
Why not get close to other wild animals by riding a tame wild animal? This allows you to get close to animals, while also reducing your carbon footprint. Check out our listings for where can experience this.
If you not comfortable being on elephant back, why not the familiar horse back? Its also a great way to experience the Okavango. Check out our listing for horse back safari deals.
Okavango by car
Parts of the Okavango can be explored by suitably equipped four wheel drive vehicle with low range and not the soft roader type. The driver must also be skilled to drive off road. You could alternatively leave all this to experts who will drive you around in their specially equiped vehicles and also explain the Delta to you.
Okavango by air.
There air charter companies that will fly you over the Delta to see a different perspective of the Delta. Check out our listings under air charter.
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