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The Best time to visit the Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta, one of the largest inland deltas in the world, is where one of Africa’s most powerful rivers flows into the Kalahari Desert. This creates new islands and rewrites the landscape every year.

The best part is that the Okavango Delta’s waters peak in Botswana’s dry seasons. This means they are at their highest in July and august, when the Kalahari’s roam the desert in an all-consuming hunt for water. This safari is a must-see for anyone who is interested in Africa’s wildlife and culture.


The Okavango’s vast waters attract large numbers of animals. The Okavango Delta’s Moremi Game Reserve offers some of Africa’s finest game viewing.

This is the ultimate safari destination. You can explore the area by car, with a raised intake for driving through deeper channels, or by mokoro (a traditional dugout canoe made of fibreglass, as Africa doesn’t have spare trees), either on foot or riding safari.

The Okavango Delta is divided into large private concessions, where visitor numbers are tightly controlled. Although none of the concessions will be overcrowded, the type of safari you choose will determine the safari options available. Some lodges are located on permanent waterways while others have canoe safaris that only occur during floods. Others, however, are on dry land and will continue to rely on walking or vehicles to encounter the wildlife.

There are two options: a camp that offers either ‘wet or ‘dry’ activities or one that offers both. This is possible at specific times of the year. For a truly unforgettable safari, you will need to combine at least one of the ‘wet’ or ‘dry’ camps. Expert advice is essential to ensure that you have the best possible experience.

What is the best time of year to visit Okavango Delta

Although the weather is unpredictable, it rains most often between December and March. April to November is the peak season for visitors. The months May through August are winter, with cool evenings and mornings and daytime temperatures in mid-20’s. September and October are warmer months, with temperatures reaching the 30’s.

Between June and September, the Okavango Delta waters are at their highest
The grass can be very thick and the bush can be quite high between March and May. However, cats do not like wet grass so it is possible to see them walking along tracks.
It’s a good idea to plan a riding safari. However, riding with horses is more difficult in May-August, when the water levels are high. The riding speed is greater along the flood plains, and wildlife is more concentrated in the area of the water.

What’s next?

We are happy to assist you in planning your holiday or answering any questions regarding the Okavango Delta. Our experts have travelled extensively throughout Africa. Expert advice is available on all types of Okavango Delta safari, from riding and primate safaris to family holidays and beach holidays. We are happy to speak with someone who has been there.