The Okavango Delta & Beyond

Luxury Safari Holidays in The Okavango Delta

When the Okavango River spills not into a lake or sea, but a 7,000 square mile section of the Kalahari Desert, an extraordinary landscape teeming with big game is created. The words luxury and safari spring to mind.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • The water acts as a magnet for wildlife, making the Okavango Delta one of the most bio-diverse regions in Africa and guaranteeing a first-class safari experience
  • Silently gliding through the waterways in a traditional mokoro dugout canoe is a magical way to see the animals and birdlife the Okavango Delta is famed for

Okavango Delta Safaris: The Detail

Original Travel has visited all the exclusive luxury camps found on the edge of lagoons or tucked beside the waterways, and each offers a spectacular Okavango Delta safari holiday experience. The camps invariably accommodate only a small number of guests at any one time, ensuring an intimate and personal atmosphere, and each offers something slightly different in terms of wildlife, scenery and activities: some areas are renowned for their high concentration of predators; others offer a blend of desert aridity and floodplains.

One or two luxury camps offer extraordinary elephant safaris, where guests can explore the Okavango by riding or walking with these remarkable and intelligent creatures - a truly unique and memorable experience.

Another camp offers horseback safaris - also a great way of seeing this unique landscape.

Mobile safaris are also a wonderful option to explore the region, the camp moves with the game, comfort is not compromised and the intellectual journey is continued with same guides throughout the trip.

Depending on the season, game-viewing is also conducted by 4x4 vehicles and guided walks, while during the annual floods, the narrow waterways of the delta are best explored by traditional mokoro dugout canoes with experienced guides pointing out the abundant wildlife, from fish eagles circling above to buffalo drinking at the water's edge.


Original Highlight

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Because of the abundance of water here, everything is so lush, it feels as though you are looking at everything in high definition.

Ra, Original Traveller

A note on price

Skinted: a three night safari in the Makigadikgadi Pans and three in the Delta (low season), plus international flights, will cost you around £6,000. Minted: a ten-day luxury safari holiday consisting of three nights in the Pans, three nights in the Delta and three nights further north, in the Linyanti, will cost more like £12,000. Learn more about our pricing

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  • Average Temp. — 25°C / 77°F
  • Rainfall — 8cm / 3.3 inches
Flight from London

10:45 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +2 hrs

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Zarafa Camp

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Zarafa Camp is located on the fringes of Zibadianja Lagoon in northern Botswana’s 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve.

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Linyanti Bush Camp

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Linyanti Bush Camp is a small and intimate tented camp besides the Linyanti marshes in a private reserve bordering the western boundary of Chobe in the Chobe Enclave.

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Motswiri Camp

Motswiri Camp

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Motswiri Camp is located in the world renowned Selinda Reserve, an area of over 120,000 acres of pristine African bush, and is a charming and comfortable base from which to explore this area.

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Camp fire at Lebala Camp, luxury camp in Botswana

Lebala Camp

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Lebala means ‘wide open spaces’ in Setswana and the scenery is dominated by vast plains with scattered palms and tree clumps backed by wooded savannah.

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Dining at the camp verandah at Selinda Camp, luxury camp in Botswana

Selinda Camp

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Selinda Camp is located along the banks of the Selinda Spillway, a wildlife haven in Botswana’s vast 320 000 acre Selinda Reserve.

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Free Standing Bath at Pom Pom Camp

Pom Pom Camp

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Located within the Matsebe concession in Botswana’s Okavango delta, Pom Pom Camp boasts a permanent lagoon surrounded by miles of reeds, where hippos are regular features.

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Family at a 'Dead' Termite Mound at Young Explorers Delta Safari Camp, luxury camp in Botswana

Young Explorers Delta Safari Camp

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The ultimate bush bonding experience, this ingenious safari adventure is specially designed to offer families the opportunity to discover the wonders of the African wilderness together.

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The terrace at night at Mombo Camp, luxury camp in Botswana

Mombo Camp

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Located in the heart of the Okavango Delta, within the Moremi Game Reserve, the area surrounding Mombo Camp is home to large concentrations of both plains game and predators.

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Birding Safaris in Botswana

Birding Safaris in Botswana

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The verdant waterways of Botswana’s Okavango Delta offer arguably the ultimate bird watching safari in Africa. As the summer rains arrive in November (and carry on through to April) vast swathes of birds migrate across from the rest of Africa and even the Northern Hemisphere to the lush landscapes of the Delta.

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Camp exterior at night at Little Kwara Camp, luxury camp in Botswana

Little Kwara Camp

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Little Kwara Camp is situated on a tree-covered island in a private concession sharing a boundary with the Moremi Game Reserve.

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Botswana Boat and Canoe Safaris

Botswana Boat and Canoe Safaris

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The beauty of a Botswana safari is the variety of ways to view the game. A boat or canoe safari in the Okavango Delta not only provides a welcome change to the game vehicle but allows you to really appreciate the beauty of your surroundings.

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Private dining at Vumbura Plains Camp, luxury camp in Botswana

Vumbura Plains Camp

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Located in the northern tip of the Okavango Delta, Vumbura Plains comes high in the style stakes, and is also home to a multitude of wildlife.

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I just want you to know how pleased we were with the organization of our trip. It really was seamless from start to finish and exactly what I was looking for: no stress, no worry, perfect execution, wonderfully beautiful hotels and exotic locales.

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