The Okavango Delta has been called Africa’s last Eden. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. Located in the Kalahari Desert in northern Botswana, Okavango is a wetland pulsing with wildlife including rare birdlife, wild dogs, leopards, cheetah, giraffes, zebras, hippo’s and the sable antelope. This safari is a mix of water and wilderness with crystal clear channels and lagoons winding through the Delta, playing host to tropical fish, frogs and the iridescent kingfishers that dive for them. Due to its constant hot climate, this year-round safari offers breathtaking views and photography opportunities of a lifetime. The serene Delta is the ideal place to relax and FiveZero offers luxury accommodations in exclusive handpicked lodges.
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Itinerary for The Okavango Delta Safari in Botswana
Upon arrival at Maun International Airport, you will be met and assisted to your light aircraft for the short one hour charter ﬂight to the Okavango Delta. A local guide will greet us at the airstrip to transfer us the short distance to the camp.
Located in the remote north-western reaches of the Okavango Delta, this intimate luxury tented campsite is surrounded by expanses of seasonally flooded plains shaded by tall ebony, sycamore fig and mangosteen trees. The site features six roomy tents with ensuite bathrooms, outside showers, and verandas with panoramic vistas of the Okavango Delta floodplains. The thatched lounge, dining and bar areas are raised, along with the pool, on wooden platforms allowing guests panoramic views of the surroundings.
A typical day on safari begins early with a light breakfast outdoors in the thatched lounge area. We aim to leave for the morning safari as soon as breakfast is complete, normally around 6 a.m. The duration of the safari is determined by the morning’s sightings, but we are usually back in the camp between 10 and 11 a.m. where a full brunch is served on the main deck overlooking the plains.
Safaris often begin with us tracking a buﬀalo herd as that will allow us to determine whether lions are on the prowl. If we can capture the buffalo together we are likely to get a front-row seat to the show that is the endless conflict between these prides of lions and the herds of buffalo that sustain them. But, the Delta has more to oﬀer than just lion and buﬀalo. We’ll also see herds of elephant feeding on the islands, and hippo wading out into the deeper channels. Tsessebe and blue wildebeest dot the plains, while red lechwe are found on the fringe of the wetter ﬂoodplains. The spotted hyaena will also be on the prowl and can often be seen in their own age-old conﬂict with the lions. Bird life is abundant and impressive with rosy-throated longclaw, slaty egret and wattled crane often sighted. Your photographic host works closely with a local guide, who has an intimate knowledge of the area, and together, they will best position you for the stunning photographs you’ll want.
After high tea in the afternoon we head out for the evening safari at around 4 p.m. and return after dark around 7 p.m. After freshening up we meet for pre-dinner drinks at the bar and then head to dinner which is served in the dining area or out on the deck.
This safari is split between two camps in the Okavango Delta giving us the best chance to see the most action. We’ll wake up early again to go on our morning safari coming back to the camp in time for brunch on the main deck. We will then get packed up and take the short drive to the airstrip to catch our short charter ﬂight between the camps.
Our new base for the next four nights is another intimate luxury tented camp, this time situated on a beautiful island in the south-east of the Okavango Delta. While playing host to the diversity of wildlife, birds and habitats- which only the Okavango Delta can oﬀer- this area is a breathtaking mosaic of open ﬂoodplains, waterways, marshlands, dry acacia and mopane woodland, riverine forest and open grasslands. The camp’s eight spacious Meru-style tents are built on elevated wooden decks amongst the trees of the Okavango Delta. Each tent has twin beds, en-suite facilities and an indoor/outdoor shower. The thatched dining area, pub and lounge area are built on raised decks to provide superb views across the Okavango Delta ﬂoodplain, and a pool allows guests to cool oﬀ in the heat of the day.
Day 6 - 8
We’ll wake up early for a morning drive usually around 6-11 a.m. for sightings before heading back to camp in time for brunch.
Afternoon safaris begin at 4 p.m. after high tea which is served on the main deck overlooking the sweeping views of the Okavango Delta ﬂoodplains, and end around 7 p.m. After freshening up we meet for pre-dinner drinks at the bar and then head to dinner which is served in the main dining area.
Both day and night game drives occur in open 4×4 vehicles, an experienced ranger guides us through this magniﬁcent area, and works closely with your host to ﬁnd the best subjects in the best light, for the most memorable photos. The multiplicity of habitats surrounding the camp means there is an abundance of wildlife to be seen, including elephant, buﬀalo, lion, leopard, cheetah, giraﬀe, zebra, tsessebe, impala and, occasionally, wild dogs. Night drives also provide opportunities to see nocturnal mammals such as civet, serval, genet, porcupine and aardwolf.
On the ﬁnal morning, we will wake up early before going on the ﬁnal morning safari. Our local guide will take us to the airstrip for our short charter ﬂight back to Maun International Airport from where guests will catch flights home.
Highlights from The Okavango Delta Safari in Botswana
This is a customized safari with flexible dates — we recommend May-September.
8 nights / 9 days
Luxury tented camp accommodation at two exclusive lodges in the Okavango Delta (4 nights per lodge)
Maun International Airport (MUB)
Number of guests:
Accommodation and full board
All internal ﬂights and transfers
Personal photographic tuition
Daily Scheduled safari activities
All drinks (excluding premium import brands)
A La Carte:
Premium import brand beverages
Items of a personal nature
Recommended camera equipment:
Camera equipment can be rented through FiveZero. For those looking to purchase or bring their own equipment, Kurt Jay Bertels, your photographic safari host, recommends the following equipment for The Okavango Delta Safari in Botswana:
- D-SLR camera body
- Zoom lens Should ideally be no smaller than 300mm
- Wide angle lens 18-55mm or 24-105mm
- Memory cards and spare batteries