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Okavango Delta-Botswana

Animals of Okavango delta:

What is Okavango Delta?

Okavango Delta is an open free wild permanent marshlands and seasonally flooded plains. It is one of the very few major interior delta systems that do not flow into a sea or ocean, with a wetland system that is almost intact. One of the unique characteristics of the site is that the annual flooding from the River Okavango occurs during the dry season, with the result that the native plants and animals have synchronized their biological cycles with these seasonal rains and floods. It is an exceptional example of the interaction between climatic, hydrological and biological processes. The Okavango Delta is home to some of the world’s most endangered species of large mammal, like the cheetah, white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros and no to forget the African wild dog and lion.

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Open flat okavango wilderness- Botswana
Open flat okavango wilderness- Botswana


The wildlife of the Okavango Delta is varied and plentiful thanks to the rich ecosystems and protection. The Okavango Delta supports large concentrations of animals on both a permanent and seasonal basis. Through careful wildlife management it has become perhaps one of the best places to see wildlife in Africa.

There is a dynamic seasonal shift of animals between the arid region that surrounds the delta and the Okavango Delta itself. During the wet season most, large animals move away from the delta to take advantage of the lush grazing that surrounds it. As this grazing begins to die in the winter animals move back to the delta.

Wildlife of the Okavango Delta includes a myriad of species including African Bush Elephant, African Buffalo, Hippopotamus, Lechwe, Topi, Blue Wildebeest, Giraffe, Nile crocodile, Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Brown Hyena, Spotted Hyena, Greater Kudu, Sable Antelope, Black Rhinoceros, White Rhinoceros, Plains Zebra, Warthog and Chacma Baboon. Notably the endangered African Wild Dog still survives within the Okavango Delta and exhibits one of the richest pack densities in Africa.

In addition to the large animals the wildlife of the Okavango Delta includes over 500 species of birds and 85 recorded species of fish including Tigerfish, Tilapia and Catfish.

Elephants at Okavango Delta
Elephants at Okavango Delta

Plains Zebra
African lion
African Bufalo

Location: North-west Botswana

Why is Okavango delta Unique?

During August 2016 Xavier safaris did a fam trip to southern Africa ‘ Xavier discovered the hidden secrets of Africa which made him to start offering affordable combo multi countries safaris due to the fact that every country is unique and beautiful Okavango Delta in Botswana is one of the world’s largest inland deltas. While most river deltas usually lead to an ocean, the Okavango River empties onto open land, flooding the savanna and creating a unique and ever-changing inland delta. The Okavango Delta is deemed one of the world’s premier wilderness areas.

A Tourist having a great time sailing through Okavango Delta
A Tourist having a great time sailing through Okavango Delta


3Elaphants roaming through Okavango delta
3Elaphants roaming through Okavango delta

Game viewing at Okavango delta?

unlike in other counties where game viewing or game drives are conducted in jeeps and land cruisers on solid land, but in Okavango delta, it’s different The boat rides with the mokoros are the best way to conduct game drives or game viewing at the delta since they are not motorized so they simply glide on the water and don’t make noise which could scare the wildlife a way . Guided walks: another interesting aspect of viewing the wildlife and several sceneries at Okavango delta.

tourists game gliding through Okavango delta
tourists game gliding through Okavango delta

What is the source of Okavango delta?

The source of the Okavango Delta flood actually lies in the extremely wet highlands of Angola. (Angola lies to the north of Botswana.) From here the kubango River flows south, through Namibia, away from the sea. Gathering ever more water until it finally reaches Botswana, where the river becomes known as the Okavango.

A male lion fast paws hunting buffaloes  at Okavango delta
A male lion fast paws hunting buffaloes at Okavango delta

What is Okavango delta famous for?

The Okavango Delta is an important wildlife area protected by both the Moremi Game Reserve on its eastern edge and the numerous wildlife concessions within Ngamiland. However, the Delta is known for its superb wildlife with a large population of mammals and excellent birding, particularly in the breeding season.

a lion pride family living within Okavango delta

a lion pride family living within Okavango delta

What wild animals live in Okavango delta?

You can expect to see lechwesitatunga, reedbuck, bushbuck, hippo, crocodile, elephant, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, impala and tsessebe. Predators – including lion, hyena, wild dog, leopard and cheetah – have also adapted to life in the delta, as have many smaller creatures.

Tsessebe Antelope at Okavango Delta - Xavier Safaris

want a Bush walking safaris at Okavango delta?

For those wishing for an intensely personal experience in the Okavango Delta walking safaris offer a unique way of exploring the delta. Whilst most camps outside the National Parks and Game Reserves allow walking safaris a number of operators have specialist walking safaris. Operating out of authentic safari camps these specialist safaris allow a special perspective of the delta and are ideal for family or small groups of friends. Walking in the wilderness is a highlight of a ‘true’ safari experience.

Elephants at Okavango Delta
ranger guides walking with elephants as tourists are enjoying the game game viewing glid trip

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