A diverse and intriguing land, Botswana’s Okavango Region starts with four rocky slabs embellished with San artwork that make up Tsodilo Hills and continues on to the marshy shores of the panhandle before fragmenting into the Delta that meanders past Chief’s Island.
A number of hiking trails will lead visitors along Tsodilo Hills, passing areas of great archaeological interest where pottery and tools (estimated to have been in use 90,000 years ago) have been found. Further north-east, the panhandle is home to a number of old, well-established camps and lodges that line its 70km-long channel before fragmenting into the watery tendrils characteristic of the Delta.
Land and Delta meet on Chief’s Island where the locally established Moremi Game Reserve has its base. Home to the Big 5 and a number of camps and lodges, this is the spot for the real adventurer. The eastern edge of the Delta hugs the shoreline of the Khwai Concession, abundant in mopane forest, floodplains, riverine forest and savannahs. Here, visitors will find game-viewing aplenty and will be left in awe of the delta’s rich birdlife. Much of the wildlife-viewing in the delta can be done by vehicle, on foot, by traditional mokoro, and on horse and elephant-back.
- The Okavango Region showcases an incredible wealth of biodiversity
- The iconic Tsodilo Hills stand testament to the lasting imprint of the San culture still visible today
- The panhandle feeds the Okavango Delta, considered one of the 7 Natural Wonder of the Africa
- Many lodges around the delta have their own airstrips while Maun, considered the gateway to the Delta, has flights directly from Johannesburg