Safari Botswana: Adventurous Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta in the northwest of Botswana is one of the largest and richest wetland areas on the African continent. The world's largest inland delta, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014, is fed by the Okavango River, which yearly floods down from the highlands of Angola into a fascinating network of papyrus-lined river arms, lagoons and islands.
On our four-day adventure safari you will have the opportunity to get close to the biodiversity of this unique region in a very special way and to explore the scenic diversity and species-rich wildlife as part of guided bush walks and mokoro tours. Together with your professional guide Okwa, who can look back on more than 20 years of guiding experience, you will visit the picturesque Chief's Island in the Moremi Game Reserve and on daily excursions roam the wild nature and hidden waterways of the delta – and witness the breathtaking wildlife of the region.
A stay in Maun before and after your Delta experience will also allow you to explore the city, which is considered the "gateway to the Okavango Delta".
- Explore the world-famous Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world
- Experience the incomparable biodiversity of Chief's Island
- Get close to African wildlife on foot safaris
- Roam the delta’s countless water arms in a mokoro
- Stay in a mobile safari camp, built in the midst of Botswana's wild nature
Walking Safari in the Okavango Delta
Accommodated in a mobile camp in the world-famous Okavango Delta, this four-day walking safari explores nature and wildlife of Botswana's spectacular natural wonder.
Arrival and orientation in Maun
You will travel to Maun airport, where you will be picked up after your arrival and taken to a guesthouse of the city. Here you can settle in and, depending on your arrival time, explore the small town and its cultural offerings in the afternoon. After an overnight stay the next day you will start your safari trip with a boat trip to the Moremi Game Reserve, located in the Okavango Delta.
Activities during your walking safari in Botswana
In general, a typical safari day consists of an activity in the morning and an activity in the afternoon. Game drives, game walks or excursions by boat are the most common ways to discover the wilderness and wildlife of Africa. In this case it will be walking and/or mokoro tours that allow you to get closer to the unique animal kingdom of the Okavango Delta.
Since most animals are most active in the early hours of the morning, you start your way into the bush at sunrise.
By foot or in a mokoro, your experienced guide will show you the impressive nature of this huge natural wonder and will certainly enable you to witness unique wildlife sightings of elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards, various antelope species, countless birds and many other animals.
But also the small creatures living in the bush, the fascinating plant kingdom as well as reading tracks will be part of the schedule during your excursions. When the hottest time of the day starts at noon, you will return to the camp and enjoy a meal. After a long siesta, you'll head back to the wilderness in the afternoon to admire the biodiversity of the delta once again.
Accommodation on Chief's Island
The first night of your safari trip will be spent in an accommodation in the city not far away from the airport. The next morning you will also get breakfast here. The following three nights you will be accommodated in a mobile camp in the Okavango Delta, which is set up on the picturesque island of Chief's Island. Here you sleep in tents and use a typical "bush bathroom" equipped with a bucket shower and a long drop toilet. Mobile camps can be set up at any place in the wilderness and, thus, offer a very special nature experience. Meals and selected drinks are included during your stay in the Delta.
Leisure time as safari guest in the Okavango Delta
After returning to camp in the morning and having lunch together, you can use the following siesta to relax until the second activity in the early afternoon. Even after dinner, there is time for the guests to use for themselves – a cool drink while sitting around the campfire is the typical way to spend the evening.
Arrival in Maun and overnight stay in town
Transfer from Maun into the Okavango Delta
Exploration day in the Okavango Delta
Return transfer from the Okavango Delta to Maun and departure
Important information about this trip
“Learning so much was more than great – not only about nature on site, but also about things like communication, group management and feedback culture, as well as practical things that you might need everyday like patching up car tyres.”
“It was an unforgettable and breathtaking experience!”
“I especially remember the great atmosphere of sharing these unique experiences with others and the moments when I held my breath and wondered if this was all a dream or reality.”
“The experiences you can gain are unique – especially when roaming the bush on foot.”
1. Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta in Botswana is without doubt one of the most spectacular natural sites in Southern Africa, if not in the entire world. Covering more than 20,000 km², the fertile oasis in the northwestern part of the country is the largest inland delta of our planet. The mighty UNESCO World Heritage Site is fed by the Okavango River, which once a year floods down from the highlands of Angola into an endless labyrinth of river courses, islands and lagoons. With a visit to the Delta, one of the last natural paradises on earth awaits you, whose awe-inspiring biodiversity will amaze every visitor.
2. Chief's Island
At 70 kilometres long and 15 kilometres wide, Chief's Island is the largest island in Botswana's world-famous Okavango Delta. When the water level of the delta rises, an unsurpassed wealth of animals gathers here, including the fascinating Big Five – lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and black rhino.
On Chief's Island the Okavango Delta presents itself the way you always imagined it. During guided bush walks and water safaris in the mokoro, you will be able to immerse yourself in the magnificent natural landscapes of the region and its astonishing biodiversity.
Background of the walking safari in Botswana
This safari allows you to experience the breathtaking Okavango Delta in a very special way: During bush walks, safari guests come close to nature in a unique way and learn to perceive their surroundings with all their senses. On a walking safari there is not only the chance to meet large animals up close, but also to discover the smaller things of the bush extensively. Exploring the plant world, reading animal tracks or listening to alarm calls plays an important role on foot safaris.
Chief's Island, located in Moremi Game Reserve, is an excellent destination for walking safaris. Thanks to tectonic activities this island was lifted out of the water. As the delta's water level rises, countless animals gather here – Chief's Island is home to one of the densest concentrations of wildlife in Botswana. The combination of reed-covered shores, lush green grasslands and light forests offers visitors an extraordinary nature experience and truly unique wildlife viewing opportunities.