I’ve left the best one until last – the Okavango Delta. A place that is so special that every safari lover has to save up and visit at least once. There is really no bad time to go as far as wildlife is concerned although if you are not a lover of heat, it is probably best to avoid October and two weeks either side, when the mercury can top 40C.
The Okavango is one of nature’s incredible locations and home to an amazing annual event, it is the only river delta in the world that does not drain into an ocean and it floods during Botswana’s dry season! The annual inundation being totally dependent on when and how much rains falls in Angola, but the flood waters usually arrive in early May, hitting their peak in late June and are largely gone by early September.
The delta, which includes the Moremi Game Reserve and various private game concessions, is home to a huge diversity of flora and fauna, from the small Malachite Kingfisher through to Pel’s Fishing Owl and tiny frog upwards. The palm fringed islands encircled by crystal clear cold water, hide huge herds of buffalo and their nemesis, the lion as well as the rarely seen Sitatunga, whilst the open grasslands are grazed by the prey species of the big cats and African Hunting Dogs.
The range of accommodation is immense from camp sites through to five star lodges but the number of visitors is tightly controlled so you rarely see another safari vehicle and never feel that you are encroaching on the wildlife.
It is almost impossible to recommend a lodge, so have a look at these – there will be one that you will fall in love with.