The vibrant Okavango wetland, set amidst vast sweeps of Kalahari drylands. Flows from this inland wellspring nurture neighbouring channels and rivers, expanding this north-western wonder-world. In its dissipating southern reaches, islands bear the white rings of salt crystals – hints of the dramatic change to come. Another kind of beauty lies beyond these delta regions: an immense, wild and elemental beauty.
Explore this Country of Contrasts
Intimate wildlife experiences are the order of the day when you tour Botswana. Choose from a fine selection of private luxury lodges within game-abundant private concession areas, each offering a range of tailored activities especially suited to their environs.
Take to the Sky – or the Water
Scenic flights over the delta provide expansive views of this intricate web of wetland:
Spot the rainbow sprays of a red lechwe herd in flight, or the cross-water meander of elephants and buffalo.
No trip to the Delta would be complete without time in a mokoro (dugout canoe) with your skilled guide and ‘pilot‘. Catch your reflection in the clear blue water as you drift along. Listen – Watch – as life unfolds around you.
Learn the Secrets of the Kalahari
A vast landscape of timeless stories and seasonal spectacles: age-old baobabs stand like sentinels against the horizon; fossilized hippo bones, incongruous palm trees and contoured river stones point to when this was a place of water; stone-age tools tell of an ancient civilization.
When the rains are generous, pink clouds of flamingoes fill the Nata pan and migrating herds throng to the fleeting grasslands to join the resident wildlife.
Witness Remarkable Lion Behaviour
Lion prides within the delta areas have taken to the water and can be seen swimming between islands to hunt prey. They have also been documented in riveting daytime encounters with buffalo. And yes, in some instances they do feed on hippo. In the water-stressed Kalahari regions, prides have adapted to long periods without water.