Botswana is a truly special place and has the 1,000th designated UNESCO World Heritage site of the Okavango Delta. This largest of inland river delta's flows down from the highlands of Angola to be stopped by the Kalahari Desert, forming this incredible place that is a real haven for Africa's famous wildlife. The annual rains from Angola take 6 months to flow into the Delta and the crystal clear waters, filtered by the Kalahari sands, make the ideal place to relax and enjoy the most pristine environment in all of Africa.
The abundant wildlife attracts tourists from all over the world and there are a myriad of Luxury Lodges to combine a trip to the Okavango with the Deserts in the south and the smaller floodplains of Linyanti in the north. It is generally accepted that Botswana is an expensive destination and largely this is true but there are ways to enjoy this wildlife haven on a tighter budget.
With a lot of lodges to choose from they are often categorised as 'Land Camps', 'Land & Water Camps' or 'Water Camps' which refers to the type of activities you can take part in. This will vary throughout the year due to the level of the annual flood waters, which peak in June. Most of the luxury lodges in the Okavango are in private areas known as 'concessions' which give exclusive access to the camp operators making the experience a much more personal and exclusive one and also allowing activities such as walking safaris and off-road driving that are not allowed in the National Parks.
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A large part of this huge Delta is covered by the 'Moremi Game Reserve', a National Park that allows entry to the general public as well as operators who offer 'Mobile Safaris'. This type of trip is usually a much more affordable option.
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Martin Smith, Managing Director, Bush Pilot, Lodge General Manager and Travel Agent