Tips & Planning
There are several dozen camps and lodges in and around the Okavango Delta. Different locations deliver different experiences so combine two or more accommodations for a comprehensive Okavango Delta travel experience. Camps in the Chobe National Park and the Kalahari are easily accessed from the Okavango Delta and it’s simple to begin or start an Okavango Delta safari from Victoria Falls.
Choose your camp carefully
Accommodation in the Okavango Delta is broadly divided between water-based camps and land-based ones. Water-based camps have access to permanent water and offer year-round boat and mokoro (canoe) safaris. Several offer non-motorised activities only. A few water-based camps feature 4X4 game drives at certain times of year.
Land-based camps are located at the edge of the delta and focus on game drives. Some offer water activities during the flood season but several camps are some distance from permanent water. A combination of both kinds of camp makes a diverse itinerary, and you can also choose camps that offer a mix of game drives and water activities throughout the year.
Choose your time of year carefully
Ensure your Okavango Delta travel expectations are met by carefully considering what time of year you visit. Water levels are highest in early winter (May to August) which is when the weather is coolest and driest. This is the best time to enjoy water activities and game viewing is very good, as it is all through winter. If you visit in September and October, you’ll need to be able to cope with high temperatures. Many land-based lodges are unable to offer their boating activities from now until the next year’s floods.
The summer rains that arrive from November mean you’ll possibly get wet on occasion but bird watchers will find summer the best time for birding in the Okavango Delta. Game viewing in summer is not as prolific as it is during winter.