A one-of-a-kind natural masterpiece, the Okavango Delta is the happy result of the 1,000-mile long Okavango River’s failure to find an outlet to the sea. Instead, the river comes to what the great photographer Frans Lanting calls “a splendid death,” seeping productively into the bone-dry Kalahari Desert, creating the world’s largest inland delta (or—depending on how you look at it—producing what is probably the planet’s most massive oasis).
This delta is home to a dizzying variety of flora, and its world-class panoply of fauna includes elephants, great bubbling pods of hippopotamuses, buffalos, wildebeests, giraffes, Nile crocodiles, lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, kudus, oryx, springbok, pleistocenic rhinos, zebras, warthogs, baboons, and a duo of lesser-known beasts—lechwes and topis. Seventy-one fish species zigzag around the delta’s 150,000 islands, and 400 bird species dip in and out.
Our adventure takes us to a camp in the Linyanti Reserve, where at certain times of the year we can see tremendous breeding herds of elephants. We then fly to the heart of the delta for a couple of nights of serene appreciation of its quietude and beauty. Flying to its floodplains, we witness some amazing wildlife interactions before ending with another exquisite camp bordering the animal-thronged Moremi Reserve.
Itinerary at a Glance
- Day 1: arrive inJohannesburg
- Day 2: ﬂy to Maun, and on to Linyanti
- Days 3 & 4: Linyanti Area
- Day 5: ﬂy to the heart of the Okavango Delta
- Day 6: game viewing in Okavango Delta
- Day 7: farther into the Okavango
- Days 8 & 9: more exploring in the Okavango
- Day 10: ﬂy to border of Moremi Reserve
- Days 11 & 12: Moremi Reserve
- Day 13: ﬂy to Johannesburg, depart.