10 Best Okavango Delta Safari Tours

It’s hard to believe that the Okavango Delta exists in a country of which 70% is dominated by the semi-arid Kalahari Desert. But this vast and practically untouched freshwater wetland supports an abundance of wildlife within some of the most divine natural settings on the entire African continent. With superb safari lodges located in the Moremi Game Reserve (one of Africa’s greatest game viewing destinations) and exclusive private concessions, the Delta offers a safari experience bar none.

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1. Fly-in Safari to Linyanti and Moremi

Duration: 7 Days | Locations: 3

Wild dog at King’s Pool Camp.

A fly-in safari usually involves short transfers in light aircrafts between locations within a specific destination. It saves you a whole lot of time and offers a spectacular aerial overview of the wilderness you journey through. On this tour, you’ll stay at three very romantic tented camps in remote settings in northern Botswana. You’ll enjoy thrilling day and night game drives in private concessions, as well as exploring the Delta by canoe and motorboat.

Highlights:

  • Walking safaris in the private Linyanti Wildlife Reserve
  • Predator sightings at Vumbura Plains
  • Hot-air balloon rides over the Delta (April to September)
  • Game drives in predator-rich Moremi Game Reserve
  • Photography hide at Mombo Camp

Best for:

Couples and honeymooners

2. Family Adventure in the Delta and Vic Falls

Duration: 6 Days | Locations: 2

Flying into the spray above Victoria Falls.

Stay at two exceptional safari properties that are perfectly geared to accommodate families with children. The emphasis at Footsteps Across the Delta is on guided nature walks, a more intimate experience of the Delta’s wilderness. The Elephant Camp is situated in a private concession a mere 10 kilometres or six miles from the colossal Victoria Falls. On a clear and wind-free day, the waterfall’s spray can often be seen from the camp!

Highlights:

  • Footsteps Across the Delta, an intimate tented camp (only accommodates six guests)
  • Guided walks in the Shinde Concession – home to wild dog, lion and leopard
  • Tailored, child-friendly safari activities
  • Interactions with habituated elephants at the Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary
  • Tour of Victoria Falls, the world’s biggest waterfall

Best for:

Families with children

3. Mobile Camping Expedition in Chobe and the Delta

Duration: 9 Days | Locations: 4

Camping at Nxabega in the Okavango.

If your dream safari is a modern-day take on the expeditions of yesteryear, then a mobile safari is your best bet. This is all about enjoying an authentic camping experience with all the creature comforts and the exclusive advantage of moving as you explore the area you are travelling through – you’ll arrive at new a camp in a sensational setting as you go along. You can expect spacious tents with crisp linen on comfortable beds, en suite bathrooms with hot bucket-showers, and incredibly attentive staff caring for your every need.

Highlights:

  • Authentic yet comfortable safari experience
  • Boat cruises on the Chobe River
  • Phenomenal game viewing in Savuti
  • Mokoro rides in the Okavango Delta
  • Transfers by light aircraft

Best for:

Adventurous families and small groups

4. Romantic Bush-to-Beach Escape: Botswana to Mozambique

Duration: 15 Days | Locations: 5

Snorkelling at Azura @ Quilalea Private Island.

Get the best of both worlds: kick off with a big game safari in Botswana’s most biologically diverse park and culminate your romantic escape on a private island within a remote archipelago. You’ll be privy to up-close game viewing during boat cruises on the Chobe River and during game drives in the Delta’s magical Moremi Game Reserve. Your final destination is a classic ‘remote island’ setting boasting luxury accommodation, exceptional service and the kind of views reserved for glossy postcards.

Highlights:

  • Game drives in Chobe, home to world’s biggest elephant populations
  • Sunset cruises on the Chobe River
  • Bathing under the stars by candle light in a copper tub
  • Big 5 and predator sightings on Chief’s Island
  • Barefoot luxury on a private island in the remote Quirimbas Archipelago

Best for:

Couples and honeymooners

5. Fly-in Safari to Private Concessions

Duration: 7 Days | Locations: 2

The view over the pan at Splash Camp.

This convenient itinerary maximises your game watching time and delivers superb bird’s eye views over the Okavango Delta’s vast floodplains and waterways. Flying between your camps in a light aircraft allows you to spend ample time in two of the Delta’s most exceptional private concessions, Kwara and Kwando. The quintessential Delta experience of a mokoro (traditional canoe) ride gives you total exclusivity to the area’s water channels and islands where motorboats cannot go.

Highlights:

  • Splash Camp, built around a pan that attracts a variety of animals
  • Night game drives in Kwara with a guide-and-tracker team
  • Water safaris to explore the Delta’s channels and secret islands
  • Wild dog sightings in the Kwando
  • Boat cruises on Kwando Lagoon

Best for:

Couples and honeymooners

6. Vacation in the Delta, Chobe and Zambia

Duration: 10 Days | Locations: 3

Mokoro ride at Khwai Tented Camp.

This extraordinary family holiday starts on the verdant banks of the Zambezi River, just upstream from the legendary Victoria Falls. Go on sunset boat cruises, kayaking excursions, nature walks, tracking rhino on game drives, and a day tour to witness the sheer power of Victoria Falls. Next stop: Linyanti, one of the best bird-watching destinations in Southern Africa. Cap your family safari in the Delta’s Khwai Concession, enjoying exclusive activities like night game drives and guided walks along the Khwai River – a fantastic way to experience the Okavango Delta’s sensational wilderness.

Highlights:

  • Thorntree River Lodge, one of Zambia’s most luxurious lodges
  • Private boat for sunset cruises on the Zambezi River
  • Bird watching in Linyanti, especially raptors
  • Predator sightings in Khwai, including wild dog
  • Photography hide at Khwai Tented Camp

Best for:

Families with children older than seven

7. Romantic Escape to Chief’s Island

Duration: 4 Days | Location: 1

The vista from Sanctuary Chief’s Camp.

Chief’s Island is the biggest island in the Okavango Delta and one of the most prominent geographical features of the Moremi Game Reserve. Moremi is a gorgeous natural paradise of woodlands, forests, floodplains and lagoons. It’s home to wildlife like Cape buffalo, giraffe, rhino, lion, elephant, hippo, cheetah, hyena, leopard, and endangered wild dog. In between game drives and other safari activities, recline with a drink in hand while watching herds of elephant come to drink and bathe at the waterhole right in front of the luxurious Sanctuary Chief’s Camp.

Highlights:

  • Chief’s Camp, an exclusive lodge on the Delta’s biggest island
  • See the Big 5 on game drives and aquatic safaris
  • Chief’s Island is thick with predators, especially big cats
  • Sensational bird watching
  • Rejuvenating spa treatments

Best for:

Couples and honeymooners

8. Camping Safari with a Private Guide

Duration: 7 Days | Locations: 2

Get close to the Big 5 in Moremi.

Immerse yourself in a private reserve within Africa’s Garden of Eden, the Okavango Delta. After touching down on the Xakanaxa Airstrip, you’ll be met by your private guide and then make your way deep into the Moremi Game Reserve. A non-permanent tented camp will be your home for the first six nights, before making your way to another low-footprint camp on the banks of the Khwai River. Having a dedicated guide for the duration of the trip offers you the opportunity to intimately cover one of Botswana's most iconic safari regions.

Highlights:

  • Authentic and closer-to-nature experience
  • Eco-friendly, ‘no footprint’ campsites in Moremi and Khwai
  • Flexible schedule with dedicated guide
  • Short flights over pristine wilderness
  • Game viewing on mokoro and boat trips

Best for:

Small groups

9. Adventure in the Okavango and Kalahari

Duration: 8 Days | Locations: 3

Quad-biking in the Kalahari Desert.

This tour is a smart choice if you’re keen to experience two of Botswana’s contrasting yet equally captivating safari destinations. You’ll start your adventure on the banks of the Xakanaxa Lagoon in the Moremi Game Reserve, a diverse sanctuary for vast amounts of animals and over 500 species of bird. Go out on boat trips and mokoro canoe rides to explore the Delta’s waterways and islands. Then end on the other side of the spectrum: the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Located in the semi-desert, north-eastern region of Botswana, the pan is the only remnant of an enormous prehistoric lake that once dominated an area bigger than Switzerland.

Highlights:

  • Camp Okuti, overlooking Xakanaxa Lagoon
  • Boat trips and game drives in Moremi
  • Tailored activities for families with children
  • Camp Kalahari's proximity to the Makgadikgadi Pan
  • Adventurous quad bike (ATV) rides on the pans

Best for:

Families

10. Fly-in Safari to Okavango Delta and Chobe

Duration: 7 Days | Locations: 3

Boating at Xugana Island.

This itinerary allows you to experience close-up game viewing in three of Botswana’s leading wildlife destinations. Fly into the pristine Okavango Delta to spend four days exploring its rich waterways and enjoying game drives in the majestic Moremi Game Reserve. Safaris by boat allow you to get closer to hippo, elephants and water fowl, and an excellent way of understanding the Delta’s vast and fragile ecosystem. Cap your adventure in Africa’s undisputed ‘Predator Capital’, Savute. This remote region of the Chobe National Park delivers the kind of action-packed game viewing synonymous with an electrifying National Geographic nature documentary.

Highlights:

  • Spotting rare red lechwe or sitatunga antelope on nature walks
  • Game drives and boat trips in Moremi Game Reserve
  • Staff and service at Camp Moremi
  • Savute’s large lion prides and hyena clans
  • Close-up encounters with Chobe’s elephants

Best for:

Couples and honeymooners