Okavango Delta (Botswana) – October 2017

Each year the rains from Angola flood into the dusty pans and dry grasslands of the Okavango Delta, revitalizing the landscape and creating an African Eden. During this time of plenty from around May through to September, hordes of herbivores move into the area, taking advantage of the abundant grazing. And where there are herbivores, there are predators to prey on them.

Certainly one of the most rewarding and highly sought after of the wildlife species that thrive here is the African Wild Dog. Africa has become fragmented and the vast tracts of wilderness that these dogs require to survive are limited. Fortunately, a few wild places remain where the privileged observer can still see these special canids hunting, as they have always done, across massive tracts of magical African bush. The Okavango is one of their last strongholds. Whereas wolves use aggressive behavior to enforce pack hierarchy, Wild Dogs rely on cooperation of the pack members and this along with their remarkable success rate of over 70% for hunts, makes for particularly rewarding encounters.

Best is to enjoy a lodge that offers both land-based (game drives and walks) and water-based activities (canoeing and boating). On the private concessions that we partner with you can venture off-road, do night drives, canoe or boat through crystal clear waterways and enjoy nature close-up on walking safaris.

 

WHY WE LOVE THE OKAVANGO DELTA

One of the most rewarding locations on the continent to view wildlife

Vast tracts of pristine wilderness with crystal clear waters creating a checkerboard of channels and islands brimming with life

A UNESCO World Heritage Site

A stronghold for the increasingly rare Wild Dog

The highly sought after Pel’s Fishing Owl, Wattled Crane, Slaty Egret and a host of other avian delights

Being poled along in a traditional dugout canoe (mokoro) along the sparkling channels.

Please feel free to contact us should you wish to learn more about the Okavango Delta.


Makgadikgadi National Park (Botswana)

TOP MAMMALS

 

  • Wild Dog
  • Leopard
  • African Elephant
  • Lion
  • Black and White Rhino
  • Southern Giraffe
  • Burchell’s Zebra
  • Red Lechwe
  • Sable
  • Sitatunga
Makgadikgadi National Park (Botswana)

TOP BIRDS

 

  • Pel’s Fishing Owl
  • Slaty Egret
  • Rosy-throated Longclaw
  • Black Coucal
  • Wattled Crane
  • Lesser Jacana
  • Rufous-bellied Heron
  • African Skimmer
  • White-headed Vulture
  • Saddle-billed Stork

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Photo credits: Elephant viewing, Wild Dogs, Leopard and Pel’s Fishing Owl by Simon Bellingham; Sable Alley, Vumbura Plains, Little Vumbura and Duba Plains by supplier.

Bellingham Safaris

We have over 20 years combined experience in the luxury safari business. Between us we have traveled to all 7 continents in search of ultimate wildlife experiences in the most remote and pristine areas on our planet.