Because of the remoteness of some of the areas in the Okavango Delta, and the water levels at certain times of year, the Delta is a very difficult place to access in a motor vehicle. It is for this reason that most lodges are accessed by light aircraft, and in some cases a boat is the only way to get to where you going.
© Mokoro excursion at Xigera Lodge. Okavango
There are a few lodges in the Okavango that can be accessed on a self-drive safari, but a four-wheel-drive vehicle is essential
for this. At certain times of the year road conditions prohibit any form of driving in some areas of the Delta.
Even those lodges that can be accessed by four-wheel-drive vehicle use light aircraft to bring in supplies and fresh rations as the night conditions for travel are nothing short of appalling. A case in point is that some sections of road that take almost 5 hours to drive 70 km.
A light aircraft is the quickest and easiest way to get around
the Delta especially when wanting to save time.
Where is the Okavango
The Okavango Delta is central to the northern area of Botswana and is the heart of the legendary northern Safari circuit. When one speaks of Botswana, the Okavango is generally the first name that comes to mind.
The Okavango River flows into Botswana from Namibia's Caprivi Strip and quickly fans out to form what is known as the Panhandle before spreading out across the Kalahari Sands as the Okavango.
Self-drive in the Okavango
Roads of the Okavango range from bad to appalling, but each one has a special appeal, be it in a woodland or floodplain. The Okavango is arguably the most dramatic self drive destination in Africa
with drama happening around every corner.
Although wild and untamed, the Okavango is very kind to the self-drive tourist, providing an experience that will never be repeated.
Flying over the Okavango
As mentioned earlier, flying is the quickest and easiest way to access the various regions of the Okavango Delta. All the lodges around the Delta have airstrips. This service ensures quick and easy access for travellers with limited time on an African Safari.