The Okavango Delta has been called the ‘Last Eden of Africa’ and for many it’s the best wildlife destination on the continent. Although most of the central Delta is off limits to 4x4s, self-drive visitors can gain access in two main areas.
First is the Panhandle, the northwestern channel, where over 10 trillion litres of water surge down from the Angolan Highlands each year. The Okavango Panhandle is a favourite for anglers, with a number of excellent lodges and camps on the banks of the Okavango River. Bream, catfish and tigerfish are the main prizes here, but even if you’re not fishing the waterways are stunning. Houseboats also cruise these deeper Okavango channels, a great base for fishing or simply enjoying the Delta.
Second, and most popular with wildlife enthusiasts, is Moremi Game Reserve. Moremi covers nearly 5000km2, a triangular wedge on the Delta’s northeastern flank. Moremi has four main public campsites, one at each of the two entrance gates and two on the edge of the Delta waterways to the west. Just outside the park’s north gate the eastern Khwai Concession (NG19) is also accessible to self-drivers, although this is area is on the very outer limits of the Delta (but still offers some of the best wildlife viewing in the region).
The Okavango wilderness is in pristine condition, a haven for thousands of species great and small. Some 1300 species of plants have been recorded, plus around 450 species of birds and over 120 mammals, including the Big Five. Rhino have been recently reintroduced in Moremi, although they’re confined to the Chiefs Island area which is not accessible to self-drivers.
No safari to Botswana is complete without the Okavango Delta. Speak to us about route planning and 4×4 hire from South Africa or Maun.