In the north, the Okavango Delta is the lifeblood of Botswana, drawing massive herds of elephants, huge concentrations of game and other wildlife and birds. A blend of pans, marshlands, reed banks, forests of giant acacia trees, and mopane woodlands, the Okavango is arguably the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa. It is protected and preserved for the benefit of wildlife and tourism and achieves a delightful balance of both.
The Okavango Delta is situated deep within the Kalahari Basin, and is often referred to as the ‘jewel’ of the Kalahari. The Okavango River rises in the highlands of Angola and flows southeast into the Kalahari, where it spreads out into a delta formation. The Okavango River delta, or ‘Okavango Delta’ as it’s usually known, is one of Africa’s top safari areas. It covers over 15,000km² with a lush water-wilderness of papyrus swamps, shallow reed-beds and floodplains, dotted with islands and laced with a network of channels.
In 2014 UNESCO officially recognized the Okavango Delta in Botswana as its 1,000th World Heritage Site, putting it alongside iconic places such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Grand Canyon, the Taj Mahal, Stonehenge, and the Great Wall, to name a few.
Incredible and exclusive game viewing experiences like nowhere else on earth exist here. Glide effortlessly through the delta in a mokoro canoe, a specially outfitted motor boat, or exclusively with a private game guide in an open 4×4 safari vehicle. For the more adventurous one can always head off on a walking safari lead by excellent guides. Ker & Downey offers the best of Botswana. After all, our roots began here. Private, exclusive, and downright adventurous, imagine watching a pride of lions for hours without seeing another human being until returning to camp that night. This is Botswana with Ker & Downey.