Okavango Delta as an Oasis of Wild Life Sanctuary in Africa

This post is about Okavango Delta as an Oasis of Wild Life Sanctuary in Africa. Some people have been searching for such scenery all their life, but they have not had the opportunity to see what other people have. Before you get attracted to such scenery, you need to understand in-depth the meaning of Okavango and then the meaning of Delta.

Okavango Delta as an Oasis of Wild Life Sanctuary in Africa


According to the Collins British Dictionary, Okavango is described as a 1,000-mile river beginning from Central Angola and flowing southeast to create a boundary between Angola and Namibia. Eventually, the river flows into Botswana along the Caprivi Strip. While in Botswana, the river forms a great marsh known as the Okavango Delta, Basin or Swamp.


While DELTA at some university campuses can refer to D – Drink; E – Eat; L – Laugh; T – Talk; A – Attend to Academic Activities, some North Americans can refer to DELTA as D – Delay; E – Every; L – Landing; T – Through; A – Atlanta.

The meaning of Okavango Delta has a slightly different meaning to that of a normal river delta. Geographically speaking, delta refers to a triangular area of alluvial deposits where a river divides before entering a larger body of water. In other words, different kinds of soil are carried by the strong a current of streams and then deposited where the stream slows down.


Instead of the Okavango River depositing its clay, silt or gravel into the Atlantic Ocean as other rivers have done, the river has emptied its content into the basin that borders the Kalahari Desert. This delta stretches over such a large piece of land that it can easily be identified from a satellite. The area has become a sanctuary to many wild animals including some endangered species. This is the area that also accommodates over 25 wild safari camps to receive tourists and even guide them to whatever areas they want to visit or where to find the kind of animals they want to see.

Once you visit the Okavango Delta, know that you are at home to the second biggest delta inland in the whole world.


What kind of animals do you expect to see in the Okavango Delta? Well, you have many animals to choose from as you would have a feast of your eyes looking at different species. I am sure that you shall not miss looking at some of the following animals: Blue Wildebeest, Giraffe, Crocodile, Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Brown Hyena, Spotted Hyena, Greater Kudu, Sable Antelope, Black Rhinoceros, White Rhinoceros, Zebra, Warthog, and Rabbit. The list is almost endless.


Being driven in a 4 X 4 vehicle along non-tarred roads provides a unique experience as the vehicle drives slowly and is obstructed by various animals trying to cross the road or are standing at the roadside curiously gazing at the vehicle. If you are using a hired 4 X 4 vehicle, it is better to be on the safe side and take with you some spare wheel-tires because of the rough terrain.
Monkeys are full of curiosity and will try to draw your attention here and there.

4 X 4 Vehicle in the Okavango Delta


Sight-seeing from a boat along the Okavango River is an enjoyable part of the expedition. The hippopotamuses will watch you pass by silently while you watch a crocodile or two basking in the sun by the river banks. At certain points, a big number of antelopes will be seen at the river bank drinking water. In the meantime, crocodiles silently observe different animals drinking while they think about which one of them would provide their next meal.

Mokoro Delta

Boats at Shore on the Mokoro Delta – Okavango Delta


There are over 25 wild safari camps you can choose from as you visit the Okavango Delta. Apart from the Okavango Camp itself, some of the camps you may choose to visit include Moreni, Chobe, Sabuchi, Linyanti and Selina. In all these camps, it is possible for you to be directed to see the big 5 animals and study their behaviour.


As you look forward to the appearance of these big creatures, you are bound to see many animals such as impalas and antelopes including birds such as hawks, vultures and owls. To the untrained eyes, the leopards seem invisible when they are hunting.


Where there is tall grass, it is almost difficult to catch sight of lions. Do not be fooled because the lion population is high in the Okavango Delta. There are many prides of lions and you would be delighted to watch them attack big animals like Zebras, Giraffes, buffaloes, and even hippopotamuses when they stray too far from the river banks.


There are plenty of elephants along the banks of the river Chobe. They enjoy shuttling between the small green islands and cool themselves by dipping into the water. They allow the front legs to go into the water first before the whole body moves in slowly. Sometimes the young ones get stuck into the muddy water and then elderly elephants come to assist them by pushing them out of the mud.


One of the most dangerous animals in the bush which can attack any time and kill any predator including a lion is a buffalo. Buffaloes are even more dangerous when they have been wounded. Using its horns, the buffalo tosses a lion into the air as if it is a toy. That is why a lion thinks twice before attacking a buffalo because buffaloes have been referred to as lion killers by most game scouts.


Cheeters are a delight to watch as they identify their prey and the chase begins. Since they are the fastest animals in the wilderness, they easily outrun their prey within a short distance. However, they are always on the lookout for either the lions or the leopards which always chase them from their hunting territory.


Wild dogs are not so many in many game reserves or national parks all over the continent of Africa. However, they are plenty of them in the Okavango Delta. You will find it fascinating as a pack of them, which can be any number from ten to forty, biting a piece of flesh from their prey, big or small, and eating while they keep chasing the animal. Eventually, the prey gets exhausted due to the loss of blood where it has been bitten. Upon falling to the ground, the whole pack surrounds the animal for a sumptuous meal. The hyena will only show up to clear the bones after the wild dogs have departed from the scene.


Victoria Falls is one of the largest and most beautiful waterfalls in the world. Apart from admiring this magnificent site, you can jump into what is known as “the devil’s pool” and just try to see how the waterfalls to about a hundred meters below. Some people get aboard the helicopter and have an excellent aerial view of this splendid waterfalls. From the “Knife Bridge” which joins Zambia into Zimbabwe, bangy jumping takes place. This is one of the deepest “jumps” in the world. You can also enjoy the sunset cruises along the river.
Walking with lions and jumping onto the back of the elephants provide a spectacular sight. If you feel like being more adventurous, wild water paddling is something you cannot overlook.

The Okavango Delta- Botswana (Left) | The Victoria Falls – Zambia & Zimbabwe (Right)


The current population of Botswana is 2,327,742 people. This is a low population compared to most African countries. The government should be commended for safeguarding the wild animals in the Okavango Delta and encouraging tourism which can be extended beyond its national boundaries into Zambia and Zimbabwe. When you visit the Okavango Delta, the Tswanas will welcome you warmly with their native songs and dances. It is an amazing country with many interesting places to be taken to, including visiting the Kalahari Bushmen.

The Karahari Bushmen in Botswana – Okavango Delta as an Oasis of Wild Life Sanctuary in Africa


16 thoughts on “Okavango Delta as an Oasis of Wild Life Sanctuary in Africa”

  1. This Okavango delta is truly the home of beauty and a safe haven of everything good and worthy in nature. I actually like every bit of this place as it is all about exploration of nature. The Okavango presents a whole lots to sight see and I value it all. I am thinking of putting it in my bucket list as part of the places I will explore in this year whenever I am given a vacation. Thanks

    1. Rodarrick, I am glad to read that you have included Okavango Delta on your bucket list. It will be a vacation to remember for you since you are assured of top wildlife experience and great camping safaris. 
      When the time comes I could recommend you excellent tour guides that can make your visit comfortable.

  2. A place like this has always been somewhere I wanna be but due to lack of much information or let me say because I didn’t do much research, I wasn’t able to get one. A trip to Africa will be really amazing and the Okavango Delta will be a good part of it, I like sight seeing, the activities available there most especially the part of wildlife. I’ll add this to my must do in 2020. Thanks

    1. King Andrea, the information you wanted is here! Your visit to Botswana will be worthwhile when you head to the Okavango Delta. You will enjoy the scenery as much as you will love the wildlife safaris.
      This place is a Top Holiday Destinations in Africa that should be visited this year.
      Safe travel.

  3. Botswana, like much of southern Africa, is a dry place. The heart of the Okavango has large resident populations of mammals, but as the rains flow into the delta, so too do the seasonal residents. Vast herds of zebra move into the area from the arid east in numbers that rival the epic migrations of east Africa. Cape buffalo and impala congregate in great numbers to make the most of fresh pasture, along with one of the Okavango’s signature species, the red lechwe, whose delicate splayed hooves are perfectly adapted for marshy grazing. Lions stalk through thick grass and forests of mopane to splash through the shallows after their prey.

    1. Ruby, you have given a beautiful analysis of the Okavango Delta wildlife. You made me build a perfect mental picture of the place just by reading your review. Thank you for the positive comment.

  4. You got my attention right from the start with your sense of humor.  I wasn’t expecting the DELTA acronyms- very funny.  I’ve never been to Africa but it is on my bucket list.  It would be absolutely amazing to go through this wildlife park and see all the different types of animals -especially a leopard!  I would feel much safer in the vehicle as well.  One thing I always hear about the elephants is that there are some species that are slowly going extinct. Does this Wild Life Sanctuary provide services towards increasing those populations?

    1. Misty Outdoors, I am glad this post was able to get the better of the humour side of you. 
      The wildlife around the Okavango Delta has made it the “Jewel of the Karahari” thus attracting a number of tourists. You are encouraged to use 4 wheel drive vehicles since the roads can be slippery and hard to manoeuvre especially during the wet season.
      Elephants are well protected and extinction is not a problem since they thrive in that environment. 

  5. Thanks for your article on the Okavango Delta!

    I’ve just recently had thoughts about traveling. It’s pretty straight-forward to travel to major cities in Europe or the USA. However, I’ve been giving a lot of thought about where I would go if I were to go to the southern hemisphere, South America and Africa in particular. Well, now that I found your article, it has cleared up some of my questions. Thanks for your work!

    1. Mikhail, I am glad you liked this article. It is more fulfilling to know that it has helped you to decide where to travel to in the southern hemisphere. This is a beautiful place that will give you value for time and money.
      This place not only a wonder in Africa but also a place where there is an interaction between climate, hydrological and biological processes.


  6. Africa seems to be so interesting. This is the first time I am hearing about the Okavango Delta. I can imagine the great experience of the river, the terrain, the animals. I think I would love to tour in a vehicle and see the animals up close. I would have to pray that we didn’t have mechanical difficulties and have to come outside the vehicle.  Are there special tours? How does one get from the US to this beautiful place ? Are there places to stay ? Thanks for the introduction.

    1. JJ, Africa is interesting indeed! When you decide to travel to Africa, there are places that are not known to people around the world and Okavango Delta is one of them. If it is animals you want to see up close, this place doesn’t fall short. There up to 280 Okavango Delta trips, packages and vacations to choose from and these can securely make tours memorable. 
      Aboard Qatar Airways, you can get a flight from  Johannesburg, South. So you have to book a ticket from the US to South Africa, and then connect to Sir Seretse Khama International Airport.

  7. Thanks for this great article about Okavango.

    When i read this article, i didn’t like to stop. this place is really amazing and so attractive. I have not traveled much so far but i would to once visit this Okavango river. but a question came in mind, i which language is the word Okavango and what might it mean beside dictionary meaning? any thanks for the great post.

    1. Mugalu, you will like the boat ride along the channels of the delta as the scenery can be great. Bird watching is one activity that will mesmerise you on the boat ride.
      I have not found the local meaning of Okavango and doubt there is. We may have to stick to the known meaning of the word.

  8. Hello Edgar, Thank you for writing on Okavango Delta as an Oasis of Wild Life Sanctuary in Africa. I enjoy while reading and watching. I found it the best place to travel. We will make a plan in near future. I also learn Victoria Falls is one of the largest and most beautiful waterfalls in the world. You are doing an awesome work by spreading the knowledge with peoples. Thank you.


    1. Parveen, great to read your comment again! It is my pleasure that you enjoyed the post, commented and committed to making the trip to Africa. I look forward to your reviews after the visit.

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