5 Okavango Delta Safari Hotspots

August 2nd 2016  |  Botswana, Wildlife Safaris  |  by  Francis Naumann
Vumbura Plains aerial view Okavango Delta Botswana wilderness safaris

Choosing just 5 Okavango Delta safari hotspots is tricky as there are so many brilliant camps to choose from in Botswana.

Don’t hate me. I’m going to make some subjective decisions here. The truth is I could list fifteen safari camps in the Okavango Delta that are great for wildlife. I could also tell you why any one of six are brilliant for families. But blogs work better when you’re opinionated, so the powers that be have allowed me one ‘hotspot’ in each category.

If you think you know better, or own/manage the camp I should have given the accolades to, please argue for your choice in the comments below. I’m not necessarily going to change the article if you win the debate, but I might.

1. Best Okavango Delta camp for wildlife – Mombo Camp

Mombo camp Okavango Delta Botswana lions on game drive

Lions on a game drive, Mombo Camp, Okavango Delta Botswana

 Mombo camp Okavango Delta Botswana giraffe hyena vulture on game drive

Wildlife galore on a game drive, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Mombo camp Okavango Delta Botswana elephant in camp

Elephant wandering past Mombo camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Mombo Camp and its little sibling Little Mombo – located in a concession on Chief’s Island deep inside the Moremi Game Reserve, this camp is a superb place for predators of all sorts including lion and leopard, as well as elephant, buffalo, giraffe, and antelope of every type. There is so much wildlife here that many guests comment that you hardly need to leave camp.

2. Best Okavango Delta camp for style – Sandibe

Sandibe Okavango Delta Botswana dining table Andbeyond

Sandibe communal dining in an architects paradise, Okavango Delta Botswana &Beyond

Sandibe Okavango Delta Botswana camp fire And beyond

Sandibe Okavango Delta Botswana camp fire &Beyond

Sandibe – it’s a new lodge built from sustainably sourced timber, with a very clever environmentally friendly design, great comfort and lots of space in the rooms. The appearance of the lodge is unique, contemporary, and refreshingly different from any other in Botswana, or the rest of Africa for that matter, with shingled roofs intended to resemble the scales of a pangolin. As a bonus, it is also in one of the best locations for wildlife viewing.

3. Best Okavango Delta camp for adventure – African Horseback Safaris

African Horseback Safaris riding in v shape in the Okavango Delta Botswana

Galloping into the wilderness, Okavango Delta, African Horseback Safaris

African Horseback Safaris horse riding sundowners in the Okavango Delta Botswana

Sundowners at African Horseback Safaris, Okavango Delta

African Horseback Safaris – thrilling riding safaris for experienced riders, with plenty of room for fast rides, as well as deep water in places, excellent wildlife viewing, and plenty of other activities such as walking, fishing, boat and mokoro trips, and also game drives. Fill the days with excitement, and enjoy sociable evenings with excellent food and generous hospitality.

4. Best Okavango Delta camp for family safaris – Seba Camp

Seba Camp two girls learning about birds with guide Okavango delta Botswana

Family education on safari at Seba Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana, Wilderness Safaris

Seba Camp two girls learning to cook with chef Okavango delta Botswana

Children having baking fun at Seba Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana, Wilderness Safaris

Seba Camp two girls learning to identify bugs with safari guide Okavango delta Botswana

Children learning about wildlife on safari a Seba, Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana, Wilderness Safaris

Seba Camp girl wih a frog on a reed Okavango delta Botswana

A child discovering a frog on safari at Seba Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana, Wilderness Safaris

Seba Camp – located not far from the renowned Abu Camp, is family focused, with family rooms and guides and staff who are highly experienced at hosting guests of all ages. The camp offers numerous activities that are tailored for children and for allowing parents some downtime, with good wildlife viewing too.

5. Best all-round Okavango Delta camp for wildlife, activities and variety – Vumbura Plains

Vumbura Plains bush sundowner outdoor lounge Okavango Delta Botswana wilderness safaris

Bush sundowners at Vumbura Plains, Okavango Delta, Botswana, Wilderness Safaris

Vumbura Plains suite with plunge pool at night Okavango Delta Botswana wilderness safaris

Suite with private plunge pool, Vumbura Plains, Okavango Delta, Wilderness Safaris

Vumbura Plains view of camp from river Okavango Delta Botswana wilderness safaris

On the river side, Vumbura Plains, Okavango Delta, Wilderness Safaris

Vumbura Plains – set in the very remote and astonishingly beautiful Kwedi concession on the northern edge of the Okavango Delta, Vumbura Plains is a magnificent camp with very luxurious rooms, superb wildlife viewing, good boat and mokoro trips, walking, night drives, helicopter flights, and seasonal balloon flights.

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