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.
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.
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.