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Okavango Delta

  • Okavango River
  • ...down by the waterhole
  • chopper drop-off

Okavango Delta

One of the most extraordinary wildlife destinations in the world, the Okavango Delta is often described as the jewel of the Kalahari

The Okavango Delta is spread over an area of some 15000 km² of wetland, an isolated oasis in Botswana's harsh and arid desert. A journey into the Okavnago Delta will show you wild Africa at its very best with a hugely varied wildlife population and scenes of extraordinary natural beauty.

Shaped as a fan this unique ecosystem, the largest intact inland delta in the world, is formed as the Okavango River funnels through parallel faults of the Panhandle. An important feature of the Okavango is the seasonal flooding, which starts around January/February in the north and ends about six months later in the south. This results in a cyclical motion of floodplains and islands disappearing under water and then reappearing in an ever-changing landscape at the end of each season - this is particularly pronounced in the central Okavango. 

The focal point for safaris in the Okavango is without a doubt the Moremi Game Reserve, the only officially protected area of the Okavango Delta. It is situated in the central and eastern areas of the Okavango, and includes the Moremi Tongue and chief's island, boasting one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems on the continent with habitats from both the permanent and seasonal flooded zones. The park makes for some spectacular game viewing.

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  • What and where

    The Delta can be reasonably well divided between a permanently flooded zone in the north and a seasonally flooded zone in the south.

    • The northern zone includes the panhandle with its riverine forest fringes immediately adjacent to arid Kalahari as well as a vast wetland of up to 12000 square kilometres of islands, reed beds, channels, forest banks and permanent waterways.
    • The south is characterised by large Kalahari sandveld islands with dry woodlands fringed by wide grassy floodplains.

    The source of the Okavango Delta

    Spurred by huge subtropical storms, the Cubango River rises in central Angola, flows through Namibia as the Kuvango River and finally enters Botswana as the Okavango River at Mohembo in the north. With it come some 11 billion cubic metres of water each year, which drains away through a maze of lagoons, channels and islands before disappearing into the Kalahari wastes of the south.

    The Okavango River is funneled through parallel faults of the Panhandle as a deep and fast-flowing river before being confronted by another perpendicular fault, that introduces a sudden increase in gradient. This slows the flow of water considerably, and it spreads into relatively shallow sediment, with a fall of only 62 metres over approximately the next 250 kilometres.

Enquiries and bookings

Contact the Zambezi team

Please let us have as much relevant info as possible...

What and where

The Delta can be reasonably well divided between a permanently flooded zone in the north and a seasonally flooded zone in the south.

  • The northern zone includes the panhandle with its riverine forest fringes immediately adjacent to arid Kalahari as well as a vast wetland of up to 12000 square kilometres of islands, reed beds, channels, forest banks and permanent waterways.
  • The south is characterised by large Kalahari sandveld islands with dry woodlands fringed by wide grassy floodplains.

The source of the Okavango Delta

Spurred by huge subtropical storms, the Cubango River rises in central Angola, flows through Namibia as the Kuvango River and finally enters Botswana as the Okavango River at Mohembo in the north. With it come some 11 billion cubic metres of water each year, which drains away through a maze of lagoons, channels and islands before disappearing into the Kalahari wastes of the south.

The Okavango River is funneled through parallel faults of the Panhandle as a deep and fast-flowing river before being confronted by another perpendicular fault, that introduces a sudden increase in gradient. This slows the flow of water considerably, and it spreads into relatively shallow sediment, with a fall of only 62 metres over approximately the next 250 kilometres.

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