The Okavango Delta is located in northern Botswana. It receives water from the Okavango River, which originates in Angola, crosses Namibia to reach the delta where it disperses in the Kalahari desert, without flowing into the sea.
The delta is accessible throughout the year. From December to March, it is the rainy season, so although the vegetation is more abundant, fewer animals are seen than in the dry season.
The best time is from June to August when the water levels are higher and full of animals.
We arrived in Maun by taking an Air Botswana flight from Johannesburg. Upon arrival at the airport we rented a car for our entire stay in Botswana.
Sleeping in one of the park’s lodges is too expensive a luxury for us, so we stay in Maun, at Crocodile Camp.
Our intention was to fly over the delta in a small plane and cross a small part of the delta in a mokoro.
Our first contact with the delta was through a mokoro; a canoe that was once made of ebony wood and now made of fiberglass. It has capacity for 2 people and a guide (poler), who leads the canoe with a pole. It is important that the poler is communicative, especially if you are going to spend a whole day with it, as we did.
The day after our mokoro tour, we booked a 2 person plane flight at Maun airport. The flight does not last an hour and you can see Maun, the delta and the animals from not too far above the ground (for me, a more rewarding experience than the mokoro).
If you plan to do both, I advise you to do the flight first, so you will have a more global vision of where you are going with the mokoro.