The Okavango Delta is a unique part of Africa. This inland waterway is created as a result of shifting tectonic plates, with flood waters slowly rising from May through to October. During this time, when temperatures are hot, wildlife is in abundance, with lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, elephant, wildebeest, giraffe, zebra and hippo enjoying the flooded plains. Throughout the enchanting region, there are several luxurious safari lodges and camps, positioned in prime wildlife viewing locations.
One of the very best wildlife spotting destinations in Botswana and beyond, the Okavango Delta houses large concentrations of animals on both a permanent and seasonal basis. A myriad of species can be spotted on game drives across the delta – including elephant, hippo, lechwe, wildebeest, giraffe, crocodile, lion, cheetah, leopard, black and white rhinoceros and much, much more. The delta is also home to a huge density of endangered African wild dog.
Get closer to nature on a guided glide through the reeds of the Okavango Delta in a traditional dugout canoe known as a mokoro. An expert ‘poler’ guides the vessels silently through the waterways and channels, allowing you to sit back, admire the scenery and spot the delta's wealth of birdlife. To experience a gloriously quiet and calm side to this inland oasis, head out as dawn breaks, navigating a network of water channels as they reflect the morning light. Pass by lions, leopards and Nile crocodiles stalking among the reeds.
Take to the skies for an aerial perspective of the Okavango Delta, looking out for herds of elephant and lechwe splashing through the water below. From the air, the unique and raw beauty of the delta becomes even clearer, comprising a patchwork landscape of islands, plains and lagoons.
The Okavango Delta is flooded from June through to October, making it one of the best times to visit. This is also the dry season, so the flooded plains become filled with thirsty wildlife. The ‘green’ season months of January to March shouldn’t be excluded as this is when a lot of the young are born, birdlife is in abundance and the camps and lodges are less crowded.
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Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
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Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
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Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net,
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