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Okavango Delta

A Pristine Labyrinth of Wildlife-Rich Waterways

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.
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Accommodation:
Duba Plains

Botswana is known for its luxurious camps, but even here Duba Plains stands out. The newly rebuilt property is extraordinarily beautiful, in a superb location, has excellent activities, and the game viewing of elephant, big cats, and rhino is the icing on the cake.

Accommodation:
Baines' Camp

Baines’ Camp is an eco-friendly camp set in a grove of trees above the Boro River, bordering a nature reserve in the Okavango Delta. You will stay in one of only five luxury suites and can also choose to sleep under the stars.

Accommodation:
Vumbura Plains

A retreat in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, Vumbura Plains has views across the plains and excellent wildlife-sighting opportunities by both 4x4 and boat. The camp is eco-friendly, running entirely on solar power, and you’ll have your own private plunge pool and sala.

Accommodation:
Little Tubu

An intimate, family-friendly camp on Hunda Island in the Okavango Delta, Little Tubo comes complete with private viewing platforms that offer spectacular vistas of the Delta. Guests can appreciate Botswana’s wildlife by requesting day and night drives and exciting boat safaris.

Accommodation:
Sandibe Safari Lodge

&Beyond has built some of the most exciting lodges in Africa, but even by their standards Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge stands out. Set beneath a forest canopy, the lodge looks out over a year-round channel and to the open floodplains beyond.