About The Area
With an area of almost 600 000 square kilometres, Botswana is virtually the same size as France or Texas. Situated in the centre of southern Africa, it is a landlocked country, with Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe as its immediate neighbours. Botswana lies an average of 950 metres above sea level and is more than 600 kilometres from the nearest coast. The Tropic of Capricorn bisects Botswana.
The Okavango Delta (or Okavango Swamp), in Botswana, is the largest inland delta. It is formed where the Okavango River empties onto a swamp in an endorheic basin in the Kalahari Desert, where most of the water is lost to evaporation and transpiration instead of draining into the sea. Each year approximately 11 cubic kilometres of water irrigate the 15,000 km² area and some flood-waters drain into Lake Ngami. The Moremi Game Reserve, a National Park, spreads across the eastern side of the delta. The entire area was once part of Lake Makgadikgadi, an ancient lake that mostly dried up by the early Holocene.
The Okavango Delta is produced by seasonal flooding. The Okavango river drains the summer (January–February) rainfall from the Angola highlands and the surge flows 1,200 kilometres in approximately one month. The waters then spread over the 250 km by 150 km area of the delta over the next four months (March–June). The high temperature of the delta causes rapid transpiration and evaporation, resulting in a cycle of rising and falling water level that was not fully understood until the early 20th century. The flood peaks between June and August, during Botswana’s dry winter months, when the delta swells to three times its permanent size, attracting animals from miles around and creating one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of wildlife.
The Okavango delta is both a permanent and seasonal home to a wide variety of wildlife which is now a popular tourist attraction.
Species include African Bush Elephant, African Buffalo, Hippopotamus, Lechwe, Topi, Blue Wildebeest, Giraffe, Nile crocodile, Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Brown Hyena, Spotted Hyena, Greater Kudu, Sable Antelope, Black Rhinoceros, White Rhinoceros, Plains Zebra, Warthog and Chacma Baboon. Notably the endangered African Wild Dog still survives within the Okavango Delta, exhibiting one of the richest pack densities in Africa. The delta also includes over 400 species of birds, including African Fish Eagle, Crested Crane, Lilac-breasted Roller, Hammerkop, Ostrich, and Sacred Ibis. Many of the areas offer specialist birding with rare and endemic species such as Pel’s Fishin Owl, Slaty Egret, Black Coucal and many more.
The majority of the estimated 200,000 large mammals in and around the delta are not year round residents. They leave with the summer rains to find renewed fields of grass to graze on and trees to browse, then make their way back as winter approaches
Moya Wa Tenga Safaris offers you a selction of packages which have been tailor-made to cater for all travellers:
Moya Wa Tenga Safaris makes use of Wilderness Safari’s Premier Camps in Botswana in order to offer only the most elegant and stylised accommodation. The camps used in our premier packages combine luxury, superbly designed architecture with the warm comforts of home and personal service. Each of the Camps feature their own individual style, as well as additional features such as salas for a soothing midday siesta. All units have en-suite bathroom facilities and often include an out-door shower.
Moya Wa Tenga Safaris makes use of Wilderness Safari’s Classic Camps in Botswana. These camps offer an affordable wildlife experience with luxury accommodation. The camps used in our classic packages combine luxury and comfort with the warm comforts of home and personal service and are often tented camps with smaller rooms than the Premier range. Each of the Camps feature their own individual style and will ensure that you experince the best that Botswana has to offer.
Our adventurer packages include mobile tented safari and provide great value for money for those wanting to experience one of Africas greatest wilderness regions without breaking the bank.
- 4 Nights & 5 Days
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- 8 Nights & 9 Days
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