Okavango Delta

Okavango Delta, photo by Ian Restall
Okavango Delta (photo by Ian Restall)
 

The Okavango Delta is a vast inland waterway in Northern Botswana.

It is the product of the meandering Okavango River, where it reaches the Delta and completely evaporates and transpires, none of it flowing onward.

The Moremi Game Reserve is a National Park on the eastern side of the Delta known for its extensive wildlife. Species found here and elsewhere in the Delta include elephants, hippopotamuses, lechwes, wildebeests, giraffes, lions, leaparts, antelelope, zebras, baboons, rhinoceroses, and many others.

The Delta region is home to five distinct indigenous communities, each with its own ethnic identity, language, and cultural practices.

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In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
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Jackalberry Tented Camp

Set in Lionga, Jackalberry Tented Camp features a garden and terrace. Mamili (Nkasa Lupala) National Park is 200 metres from the property. Free private parking is available on site. Some units have a terrace and/or patio with river or garden views. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

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Gondwana Namushasha River Lodge

Offering an outdoor pool, Gondwana Namushasha River Lodge is set in Kongola, 200 metres from Namushasha Boat Launch. Kwando River Viewpoint is 800 metres away. All units have a seating area. There is a private bathroom with a shower in each unit. Average score from 20 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

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Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge

These tents feature views of the Nkasa Lupala National Park, a wetland habitat for many mammal and bird species. Each tent includes wooden flooring and a wardrobe. They also have a mosquito net and a bathroom. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

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Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge

Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge

These tents feature views of the Nkasa Lupala National Park, a wetland habitat for many mammal and bird species. Each tent includes wooden flooring and a wardrobe. They also have a mosquito net and a bathroom. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$145 - $235

 
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Gondwana Namushasha River Lodge

Gondwana Namushasha River Lodge

Offering an outdoor pool, Gondwana Namushasha River Lodge is set in Kongola, 200 metres from Namushasha Boat Launch. Kwando River Viewpoint is 800 metres away. All units have a seating area. There is a private bathroom with a shower in each unit. Average score from 20 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$130

 
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Jackalberry Tented Camp

Jackalberry Tented Camp

Set in Lionga, Jackalberry Tented Camp features a garden and terrace. Mamili (Nkasa Lupala) National Park is 200 metres from the property. Free private parking is available on site. Some units have a terrace and/or patio with river or garden views. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$557

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Five Distinct Indegenous Groups)

The Okavango Delta peoples consist of five ethnic groups, each with its own distinct identity and language. They are Hambukushu Dceriku, Wayeyi and ||anikhwe.

The Hambukushu, Dceriku, and Wayeyi are all Bantus who have traditionally engaged in mixed economies of millet/sorghum agriculture; fishing, hunting, and the collection of wild plant foods; and pastoralism.

The Bugakhwe and ||anikwhe are Bushmen who have traditionally practised fishing, hunting, and the collection of wild plant foods. Bugakhwe utilized both forest and riverine resources while the ||anikhwe mostly focused on riverine resources.

Within the Okavango Delta, over the past 150 years or so Hambukushu, Dceriku, and Bugakhwe have inhabited the Panhandle and the Magwegqana in the northeastern Delta. ||anikhwe have inhabited the Panhandle and the area along the Boro River through the Delta, as well as the area along the Boteti River. The Wayeyi have inhabited the area around Seronga as well as the southern Delta around Maun.
Natural
Wildlife and Plants
The Okavango delta is both a permanent and seasonal home to a wide variety of wildlife. Among an extensive list of large species are the following species: African Bush Elephant, African Buffalo, Hippopotamus, Lechwe, Tsessebe, Sitatunga, Blue Wildebeest, Giraffe, Nile crocodile, Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Brown Hyena, Spotted Hyena, Springbok, Greater Kudu, Sable Antelope, Black Rhinoceros, White Rhinoceros, Plains Zebra, Warthog and Chacma Baboon.

The endangered African Wild Dog still survives within the Okavango Delta, exhibiting one of the richest pack densities in Africa. Distinctively adapted to its environment the most populous large mammal is the Lechwe antelope, with more than 60,000. It is a little larger than an impala with elongated hooves and a water repellent substance on their legs that enables rapid movement through knee deep water.

The also includes over 400 species of birds, including African Fish Eagle, Pel's Fishing Owl, Crested Crane, Lilac-breasted Roller, Hammerkop, Ostrich, and Sacred Ibis.

The Okavango Delta is home to 71 fish species including Tigerfish, Tilapia and Catfish. They range from 1.4 m African sharptooth catfish to 3.2 cm Sickle Barb. The same species are to be found in the Zambezi River, indicating a historic link between the two river systems.
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