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The Okavango Delta is considered Botswana’s most prized regions.

Okavango is a large, swampy inland delta formed from the Okavango River. This special delta is considered to be one of the most important ecological wonders of the world. The Delta is home to diverse wildlife habitats including lagoons, channels, grasslands, woodlands and palm-fringed islands. Unsurprisingly, the delta also welcomes a myriad of different animals. Here you can find hundreds of different birds as well as many species of land animals, some of which are endangered.

In this section, we will also mention the Khwai Plains Private conservancy, located on the northern portion of the delta. Khwai is no ordinary safari camp, it features raised platforms that overlook the wildlife-spotted plains so you can get a magnificent view of Khwai and all its animals!

Khwai Plains


It is easy to love the Okavango Delta in Botswana, not only is it one of the world’s largest inland deltas, it also serves as a vital source of water and has dozens of unique characteristics! The Okavango Delta is different than most river deltas in that it does not lead to an ocean and or sea. Instead, the delta empties onto open land, flooding the savanna. This creates an area that is ever-changing and exciting.

The Delta is categorized as one of the world’s premier wilderness areas. The Delta features elephants, buffalos, giraffes, hippos, antelope, leopards, hyenas, zebras, crocodiles and many birds. The Okavango is so impressive that during the dry season up to a quarter of a million different mammals manage to congregate around the delta. The Okavango Delta is also home to 530 bird species!

Another one of the delta’s quirks is its flatness. This region is so flat that there is less than 2 meters (7 feet) of variation within the Delta’s 70 km (43 mi) length and 15 km (9.3 mi) width.

With that being said, we’d like to take the time to discuss one of the most breathtaking areas of the Okavango Delta, Khwai Private Reserve. As if the area couldn’t get any better, this natural reserve is found at the north-east corner of the Delta and features astounding land and waterscape diversity. The glorious variety of land and water animals found in Khwai is thanks to the many ecosystems that welcome an array of wildlife. Here you will find everything from seasonal waterholes and permanent channels to mopane woodland and riverine forests. You will gain access to this private conservancy so you can enjoy it with exclusivity as well as intimacy.


  • In 2014, the Okavango Delta became the 1,000th place to be enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The Okavango Delta is considered one of, if not the largest, inland delta in the world.
  • Natives navigate the Delta by mokoro, a type of canoe traditionally made by digging out the trunk of a large straight tree, such as an ebony or Kigelia tree. Luckily modern mokoros are now made of fibreglass, this is done in order to protect endangered trees.
  • The Okavango Delta has more than 150,000 islands. Some are just a few metres wide while the larger islands can be longer than 10 kilometres.
  • The Delta is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.
  • The Okavango Delta is home to the extremely rare Pel’s Fishing Owl, the world’s only fish-eating owl.


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