The Okavango Delta in Botswana is a magical destination teeming with wildlife. This world renown safari destination boasts some of the finest accommodation in all of Africa. Here are the top choices for discerning travelers.
The Okavango Delta is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa and a UNESCO world heritage site. The scale and magnificence of the Delta with its plentiful water supply makes it one of Africa's most idyllic luxury safari destinations, home to the Big 5 and over 400 bird species.
The best time to visit the Okavango Delta for a safari is in the dry winter months from May to September. The game viewing is optimal as the vegetation is not as dense as in the rainy season and the animals are more active in the cooler temperatures. Wildlife viewing is however good all year round.
The Okavango Delta is home to both seasonal and permanent wildlife depending on the location within the Delta. The major species of wildlife you can expect to see on a Botswana safari include elephant, buffalo, hippo, lion, wildebeest, giraffe, rhino, zebra, antelope, wild dog and warthog.
The birding in the Delta features 400 species including the fish eagle, Pel's fishing owl, hammerkop, sacred ibis and crested crane. The Okavango Delta is also an excellent location for fishing with over 70 species of fish including the notorious tigerfish.
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