Up close with the wilderness of the Okavango Delta

May 30, 2017

The Okavango Delta in Botswana, is regarded as one of the world’s last truly untouched wilderness areas. The delta floods when Angolan summer rainfall flows down to the Okavango Panhandle in northern Botswana. The panhandle flows down into Botswana’s Kalahari basin, flooding the channels and lagoons, creating one of the larges inland deltas in the world. When the flood reaches it’s peak the Okavango can cover an area of 18,000 km2.

The flood levels are set to reach record highs in 2017. The 2016/2017 rainy season, November through to March, has brought an extraordinary amount of rain, the Okavango has not seen this amount of rainfall in 25 years. We decided to experience the Okavango Delta floods for ourselves by visiting Ker & Downey properties in the Okavango Delta and Moremi in March of this year. Even tough the rainy season is not the best time of the year to do game viewing, we were lucky enough to experience some of the delta’s rarest sightings. Botswana’s watery wonder truly took our breath away.