Wildlife & Animals – Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta attracts a huge number of animals in the Dry season. Wildlife viewing is usually superb, especially in the Moremi GR. Four of the Big Five are easily seen. Both black and white rhino have been re-introduced, but sightings are still hit-and-miss. Elephant and buffalo are often spotted on land and from the water. There are loads of herbivores around, which attracts the big carnivores. Lion and spotted hyena are the main predators, and leopard are often viewed as well.

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Common
Occasional
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ElephantAbundant
GiraffeCommon
HippoAbundant
BuffaloCommon
ZebraCommon
LionOccasional
LeopardOccasional
HyenaOccasional
Wild DogOccasional

Wildlife highlights

The Okavango has good general wildlife, but the most common swamp-adapted animal is the rare red lechwe that can be seen wading through water in big herds. The semi-aquatic sitatunga is harder to find. Other unusual antelope include tsessebe, sable and roan. The Okavango is a prime area for wild dog, which are most easily observed while denning.

Best time for wildlife viewing

The Okavango Delta has seasonal wildlife viewing. The best time to visit is in the dry months, from July to October, as there is an influx of animals gathering at the delta. During the wet months, from January to March, many areas become inaccessible, and some lodges close down.

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