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The seasonal floodplains of the Okavango Delta in Botswana make for a Southern African safari to remember. Although there is the option to camp in the wild, there is very little in the way of roughing it in this region. A selection of luxurious camps are on offer, ranging from tented camps to five-star lodges, so after you have explored your surroundings, you can return to the exclusive comfort of your accommodation to prepare for the next day’s adventures.
Some of these private camps even offer large suites with outdoor terraces, plunge pools, private housekeepers, among other amenities. And the total luxury that you’ll experience will be sure to make this more than your average safari.
Here are 5 reasons why a trip to the Okavango Delta should be on your bucket list.
1. Endangered animals
The area is home to some of the world’s most endangered mammals, which move between the fringes of the marshland and the fertile plains. This means that you’re likely to be in for some incredible year-round game viewing opportunities. It’s possible to spot rare predators, such as African wild dogs, as well as big cats and all members of the Big Five, including both black and white rhinoceros. Various antelope species, giraffes and zebras also thrive in the Okavango, and it’s crawling with reptilian critters — when you get closer to the water you’re likely to spot Nile crocodiles.
The waters are also full of aquatic species, including tigerfish, and the skies are home to unique bird species that make the area a significant ornithological paradise. Many twitchers will be quick to tell you that it’s the world’s most important breeding site for the vulnerable slaty egret.
2. A complex ecosystem
The Okavango is nothing short of an ecological marvel. It is one of the few delta systems that is totally cut off from the ocean, but it is beautifully complex, and consists of marshlands and seasonally flooded plains.
The Delta’s incredible landscapes change with the seasons and, when you think about it, it is quite astounding that only seasonal rains manage to sustain such an extensive diversity of lifeforms.
3. Rich in culture and history
Different cultures abound in the region, and you will have the chance to learn about the country’s history and people on your safari. Although the indigenous San community, which is known for their hunter-gatherer lifestyle, is now relatively small, their tracking skills are extensive and can really heighten your bush experience.
4. Different ways to explore
Given the sprawling system of complex waterways and the remote luxury camps that are dotted across the region, you will likely be required to fly into the Okavango on a small bush plane. This is an adventure in itself and will offer you an amazing aerial view of where you will be staying.
The Okavango Delta is also one of the few places in the world that allows you to go on a safari in a dugout canoe called a mokoro. An experienced guide will lead you through the labyrinth of waterways, and game viewing from these simple canoes is a simultaneously tranquil but thrilling experience.
You can also explore the area on foot or horseback. Both of these options will take you on solid ground into the drier reaches of the Delta, eliminating the need for a vehicle that can seem at odds with the environment.
Thanks to the low-impact tourism model that the Botswana government has adopted, the number of tourists in the reserve is kept to a minimum. This offers a sense of isolation and a luxury adventure that is difficult to find in today’s busy and bustling world. This remote region provides a sense of peace and a safari experience that is free from the crowds that you’ll bump into in other parts of the continent.
Information from this article was gathered from theculturetrip.com.