It’s hard to know where to start describing the Okavango Delta and its treasures, but the wildlife is probably the place to start. It’s estimated that there are 200,000 large mammals here, including elephant, giraffe, crocodile, brown and spotted hyena, lion, cheetah, leopard, and countless antelope. Okavango landscapes transform magically as water levels rise and fall -whatever time of year you visit you’re guaranteed awe-inspiring wildlife sightings.
The bird watching is just as exciting, with some 400 recorded species. Birds of prey such as Pel’s fishing owl and the African fish eagle are impressive, and the likes of the lilac-breasted roller are particularly photogenic. The best way to see wading birds such as the hammerkop is on a mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) ride.
The Okavango has some of Africa’s most idyllically situated private lodges, which have vast land concessions all to themselves. Your main decision each morning is whether to safari by vehicle, on foot, boat, canoe or even on horseback.