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Shelley Phillips
Shelley Phillips Africa Travel Specialist
"It’s the exclusivity of Botswana that’s so special… it’s just you and the animals in miles of untamed wilderness."

Okavango Delta Holidays

The Okavango River flows down from Angola into Botswana's Kalahari Desert, where it creates an oasis in the desert, a paradise of islands and lagoons. Trapped between fault lines and dammed by rising land to the east, this extraordinary landlocked delta is one of Africa’s finest safari wildlife destinations. This vast expanse of interlocking streams, lagoons, papyrus beds and palm-fringed islands is uniquely captivating. The delta air is pure, the water crystal-clear and it teems with wildlife.

Many of the channels are permanent, allowing year-round exploration by mokoro or motorboat, but when the floodwaters arrive in May, dry channels fill up, and the number of camps that can offer you the fun of water-based game viewing increases. As the water level across the delta rise, this decreases the size of the islands, and intensifies the concentration of the wildlife on dry land, making land-based game viewing exceptionally rewarding.

Water-based camps in the Okavango Delta give you the opportunity to explore the tranquil waterways and lily fields by boat all year-round. Mokoros make no noise as they glide through the water channels. There is no better way to see the delta's water birds, as well as beautiful tiny speckled frogs and other amphibians that live among the papyrus. In the past mokoros were made from tree trunks, today they are fiberglass, but the activity is timeless.

You'll see larger mammals in the Okavango Delta too - elephants, water buffalos, hippos and also the occasional crocodile. Motorboats are used on the wider channels, and these often have an upper deck as a viewing platform. They are ideal both for fishing and for watching fish eagles as you sip sundowners at sunset. You can alight at any of the islands to explore on foot, or search for the elusive Pel's fishing owl.

If you have the time, it is best to combine a stay at an area of permanent water with a stay in a camp where land-based safari activities are strong. But otherwise, choose a camp where both activities are possible.

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Botswana's Moremi and Okavango Delta small group tour
  • Safari
  • Small Group Tours
From £3325 per person
8 day holiday
Flights included
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Botswana
This six night Botswana itinerary is ideal for travellers who are short on time and limited with budget. This tour departs with a minimum of 2 passengers and maximum 7. You will discover the best of the Okavango as well as the Moremi Game Reserve.
Botswana Conservation and Community
  • Safari
  • Wildlife
From £3935 per person
8 day holiday
Flights included
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Botswana
Discover Botswana on this six night itinerary that is designed to support the Botswana Rhino Relocation and Reintroduction program by donating $10 per bed night. Taking you to three of Botswana’s essential safari destinations, this itinerary is an incredible yet effortless way to experience the flora and fauna of the Okavango Delta. Plus you will be contributing to Rhino conservation.
Northern Botswana Highlights Safari
  • Safari
  • Small Group Tours
From £4020 per person
11 day holiday
Flights included
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Botswana
A fully serviced, luxury camping safari that visits the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta, the adjacent Khwai flood plains and Chobe National Park.
Okavango, Chobe & Zambezi Fly-Around
  • Safari
From £4050 per person
8 day holiday
Flights included
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Botswana     Zambia
This Botswana safari holiday begins with a superb experience in the game-rich Okavango Delta, then heads north to Chobe and ends at the majestic Victoria Falls.
Botswana & Victoria Falls Family Safari
  • Family
  • Safari
From £4650 per person
10 day holiday
Flights included
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Botswana     Zambia
Fly around family safari to the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park and the Victoria Falls in Zambia
Kwando Five Rivers Botswana And Victoria Falls Safari
  • Adventure
  • Safari
  • Wildlife
From £5385 per person
11 day holiday
Flights included
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Botswana     Zimbabwe
The Green Season offers a unique time to visit Botswana, with lower prices and many mammals bringing their young in to the world and migratory birds arriving in their thousands. End your Botswana safari with two nights at Victoria Falls, Zambia.
Botswana and Mozambique Escape
  • Honeymoons
  • Safari
From £6630 per person
12 day holiday
Flights included
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Botswana     Mozambique
Safari in the heart of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, exploring the area in open four-wheel drive vehicles, on foot or enjoy being gently paddled in a mokoro. Complete this superb Africa honeymoon on the castaway beaches of Mozambique.
Best of Botswana wildlife and Victoria Falls
  • Wildlife
From £7595 per person
10 day holiday
Flights included
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Botswana     Zambia
This Botswana itinerary takes you to one of the most famous areas for viewing the majestic lions of Botswana. This is where they are well known for taking down gigantic buffalo in a dramatic fight. Spend four nights here at Duba plains followed by three nights in Livingstone on the Zambian side of the falls, taking in the sights.
Luxury Botswana & Victoria Falls Spectacular
  • Safari
From £10270 per person
8 day holiday
Flights included
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Botswana
A luxury 8 night highlights of Botswana safari, including the Victoria Falls, game viewing in the Selinda and exploring the waterways of the Okavango Delta.
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