The Okavango Delta in Botswana is really three different, equally spectacular places: it's one place during the rainy season, another place in the mid-season, when the flood waters begin to arrive from Angola, and then another place again a few months later during high season, when the waters are at their peak. Because of this -- and because we love the place -- we've made three different entries for the Okavango Delta here on WanderFinder. This is the entry for the high-season in the Delta.
The Okavango Delta is one of the world's great inland waterways. Every year, from around May through October, water floods in from Angola, which is slightly uphill from Botswana. This water never makes it to the ocean -- it is stopped by the Kalahari Desert, and forms a unique Delta surrounded by land.
During the high season, from around June through October, the water is highest, and the dry season in Botswana attracts a dense concentration of animals. Many animals have developed specific adaptations to live in this delta environment -- this is one of the few places in which you can see large cats, including lions, hunting through water. Large herds of elephants also gather in the delta, drinking, but also playing -- the calves in particular seem to have a great time bathing and splashing in the water.
We can't lie: high season is expensive in Botswana. These are some of the most remote, most pristine places on earth, and tourists do pay for the privilege of keeping it that way. For those who have the budget though, this is an experience you will never forget.
In 2014, the Okavango Delta became the 1,000th site in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. About time, we say.