Best time to visit Okavango Delta – Discover the best time to visit Okavango Delta for safari in Africa
Best time to visit Okavango delta – A visit to the Okavango Delta is rewarding any time of the year, but the best time for wildlife viewing is from July to October. The wet months, from January to March, are less ideal because some areas become inaccessible. Due to the time it takes for the water to reach the delta, the flooding is highest in the dry months, which is ideal for mokoro (dugout canoe) trips.
The November-March “green season” is wonderful, as afternoon storms clear the air and refresh the yellow landscape. It’s low season, so you may be able to bag a bargain – wildlife is scarcer, but baby antelope abound. The water takes six months to reach the delta so dry May-August sees floods on an epic scale. Wildlife flocks here as the desert dries out; this is also the best time to go to the Okavango Delta for a mokoro canoe trip. May-June is chilly, but October is stifling, with dust clouds waiting to be dispersed by summer rains.
Hot and dry September and October are also particularly good months to visit the Okavango Delta as thirsty animals are concentrated in enormous numbers on its fringes (the Moremi Game Reserve is particularly rewarding at this time) while the November to April rainy summer season sees the Okavango Delta transform from an excellent bird watching destination to a sensational one.
Things to do
The Okavango Delta – as well as Linyanti – has several walking trails which you can explore with licensed (and armed) local guides. This is a truly heart-racing way to explore the delta and track the Big Five your senses will be on red alert! Mokoro boat rides are another option for getting up close to wildlife. Float along its reed channels, poled by a local guide, at eye-level with hippos, crocs, and abundant birdlife.
These streamlined dugout canoes are virtually silent – so cause little disturbance. It’s not all about the Big Five… more than 400 species make the Okavango Delta an exceptional spot for bird watchers. The large Pel’s fishing owl can be seen during the day, roosting in riverbank trees. Look out, too, for endangered wattled cranes and the kori bustard – Africa’s largest flying bird.
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