Okavango Delta Information & Facts
Information and Facts: The Okavango Delta is the worlds' largest inland delta, the Okavango River, with its source in the Angolan Highlands, flows south east into Botswana, forming the 15 000 m2 delta of limpid water, swamps, reed beds, streams, flood plains, islands and long stretches of clear water. Home to an extensive variety of fauna and flora, the delta offers visitors a very rewarding wildlife experience.
The bio-diversity of the Okavango Delta makes it a popular destination for the discerning nature lover. The Moremi Game Reserve, founded by Chief Moremi's wife in the 1960's, was established to protect the Delta's fast deteriorating wildlife from game hunters and today includes approximately one third of the Delta. Due to this sensible move, wildlife is again abundant in the Delta.
Situated on the south-eastern extremity of the Delta is Maun - the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Maun means "place of small reeds" and was established by the country's people in approximately 1915 when it became the local centre for administration, cattle ranching and game hunting. The towns of Maun and Kasane are the gateways to the Okavango Delta, and each is served by international scheduled flights. Light aircraft will transfer you to and between lodges and camps on your safari, and deliver you back to your outbound flight.
There are a variety of camps situated throughout the Okavango Delta, offering visitors an intimate experience of this unique wetland. Guests are able to enjoy close encounters with big and small game, whilst accompanied by experienced local trackers. The highlight is an excursion on a mokoro (wooden dugout canoe) through the narrow channels of the Delta. Excursions range from day trips to multiple day excursions where you "bush camp" under the African sky.
Information 7 Facts about: The best time to visit:
There is no time of year, which is “better” than any other. Winter is from May - September when the days are warm and night temperatures average 5 - 100 C. The environment is lush and green with higher water levels, which gives the advantage of longer mokoro (traditional canoe) trips. During the rainy season (October – April) temperatures reach a daytime average of 300 C, and do not drop much below that at night. The water begins to dry up, leaving just the main channels and extensive green floodplains from which it is possible to see a good deal more game than when the water is higher. So each season offers something slightly different, but equally worth experiencing!
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