A Guide to the Okavango Delta Floods

A Guide to the Okavango Delta Floods

One of Botswana’s most famous attractions can’t be visited all of the time. In fact, the Okavango Delta Floods can only be seen a few months of the year. This is when the dry, sparse, Kalahari Desert becomes a thriving wetland; overnight.

The dusty wasteland is transformed into a series of waterways that draw in wildlife from their hiding places. If you want to witness this phenomenon for yourself, here’s a guide to visiting the Okavango Delta Floods.

Where and When to See The Okavango Delta Floods

July through September is the best time to visit as the floods have just reached the plains.

This is when you’ll be able to see the most wildlife as well.

Guests typically stay in camps around the Okavango Delta, all of which offer something slightly different. If you stay near the heart of the area, there will be plenty of game viewing by the water.

Those who choose to stay at camps in the drier areas will have access to safari drives.

And, for those who are willing to travel close to the beginning of the flood season, there will be vibrant colors, animal birthing, and plenty of photo opportunities.


Why The Okavango Delta Floods

Unlike most rivers, which flow into the sea, the Okavango River ends in a delta.

During the wet season, the river begins to swell, causing the overflow to go right into the Okavango Delta.

Because of the distance, the water takes quite some time to flow into the floodplains. So, there are a few months of greenery and wildlife in the area for visitors to enjoy.

Throughout the year, the area around the delta dries up. The wildlife know to migrate towards the delta floods from July through August.

With plenty of nutrients and water, the plant life grows quickly. This is likely the reason why so many animals can be seen here.

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What To See During The Okavango Delta Floods

The best thing to do is watch for animals. You’ll most likely be able to see zebra, buffalo, wildebeest, elephants, lions, crocodiles, hippos, and flamingos.

Visitors can also take game drives, boat safaris, and walking safaris to see the animals.

There are plenty of ways to explore the delta. Try a hot air balloon ride for some of the best views, or a private tour on a dugout canoe.

The flood season turns the delta into a paradise for bird watchers. There are more than 400 species that dwell in the nearby mangosteen trees and ebony groves.

What To Pack

When visiting the Okavango Delta floods, make sure to pack:

  • Sunblock
  • Binoculars
  • A camera
  • Warm clothes
  • Walking boots
  • A hat
  • A headlamp
  • Anti-malarial pills

Visiting Botswana in the summer will be the best time to witness the Okavango Delta Floods. Since it can’t be viewed year-round, you’ll have the chance to see something truly unique. Get in touch today and start planning your trip to witness this incredible natural phenomenon.