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2-Day Okavango Delta Safari Tours

The Okavango Delta is a really special place and even 2 days on safari here can be a truly wonderful experience. This is one of the best places to see wildlife anywhere in Africa. And depending on where you go, so much of the Delta can feel like a genuine wilderness experience. The landscapes here are utterly unlike anywhere else in southern Africa, or anywhere else on the continent for that matter. The opportunity to see it both up close and, possibly, from a plane on your way in and out, is sure to make for a memorable safari. Two days is very little time for such a place, but you’ll love every minute you have here.

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5 Questions About 2-Day Okavango Delta Safaris


5 Questions About 2-Day Okavango Delta Safaris

Answered by Anthony Ham

Is 2 days enough time for an Okavango Delta tour?

“The short answer to this question is no, 2 days will never be enough for a destination as big and as wonderful as the Okavango Delta. Two days means only sleeping here for 1 night, traveling to the Delta one day and back the next. You will almost certainly finish your safari and wish that you could stay longer. Then again, you might say the same thing even if you stay for a month! If 2 days is all you have, then there is no better place to spend them than in the Delta. With careful planning, and an itinerary that includes flights into and out of the Delta, you might end up with the most intense, incredible safari experience imaginable. You will get at least one game drive or mokoro (dugout canoe) trip on the afternoon of the first day, and another on the morning of the second. And in the Delta, every such excursion opens up a whole world of possibility. Plan carefully, and you’re sure to have a great experience.”


Should I fly in on a 2-day Okavango Delta safari?

“I definitely recommend that you fly in on day 1 of your 2-day Okavango Delta safari, and then fly back out on day 2. This will increase the cost of your safari, making for an expensive 2 days, but it will almost certainly be worth it. Flying allows you to see so much more of the Delta than you could otherwise in such a short period of time. It does so by turning a transfer into a scenic flight. By flying, you can also reach anywhere in the region, allowing you to go deep into the Delta and one of its more remote camps or areas. That said, a 2-day safari is certainly possible without flying. Some parts of the southern Delta can be reached in a 4WD although it can take a couple of hours to get there, and another couple to get back. It also limits the options of where you can go. Even so, you’ll still get a night sleeping out in the wilds of the Delta, and that’s an exciting thing to look forward to.”


What is the best time of the year for an Okavango Delta safari?

“The best months for traveling in the Okavango Delta are from July to October. Although you’ll be surrounded by water at seemingly every turn, these are the Dry season months, which means that all of the camps in the Delta should be open. These are the best months for finding and seeing wildlife, something that becomes especially important when you only have 2 days on safari. These are also the expensive high-season months, so June can be a good, slightly cheaper month to visit. The Okavango Delta is a top birding destination, with more than 400 species recorded here. The best time for birding is during the wet months, from November to April, when countless migratory birds from Europe and North Africa spend time in the Delta. The only problem is that many camps are closed and parts of the Delta are inaccessible from January to March; April can be a good compromise.”


Which activities are offered on an Okavango Delta safari?

“There are two main activities that can be a part of your safari tour. The first of these is the game drive. You will most likely be on a guided game drive, where a guide and a driver will take you out to look for animals in a 4WD safari vehicle (with open sides, canvas roof and tiered seats). This is a staple of safaris everywhere and always a fantastic experience. Game drives are also possible for those on a self-drive safari. It just means that you’ll be your own driver and guide (although your safari operator may provide you with some advice to go with your own research). The other big activity is a real Okavango Delta specialty: an excursion through the waterways in a traditional mokoro (dugout canoe). This is a wonderfully tranquil way to explore a small corner of the Delta. And while you may see hippos, crocs, lots of birds and maybe even elephants, it’s more about the experience of drifting slowly through this beautiful place.”


How much does a 2-day Okavango Delta safari cost?

“It all depends on what kind of safari you want to have. As a basic starting point, you can expect to pay at least US$200 per person per day for the cheapest camping safari, and well over US$500 per person per day for the most luxurious options. Even with only 1 night on safari, your accommodation will play a big part in determining the price: a budget campsite won’t cost much, but a luxury tented camp suite certainly will. The season you are traveling in can also have an impact, as can the type of safari. A private safari (where you have your own vehicle, driver and guide) costs much more than a group safari (where such services and their costs are shared with other travelers). Remember, too, that the per-day cost will be high because you have to factor in two transfers in just 2 days.”


Okavango Delta Reviews

4.8/5 166 Reviews
Brian Jackman  –  
United Kingdom UK

Brian is an award winning travel writer, author of safari books and regular contributor to magazines such as BBC Wildlife and Travel Africa.

Africa’s Magical Everglades

What an amazing river is the Okavango. It rises in the mountains of Angola and then flows across Africa for 1,000 miles, gathering strength as it goes. But once it has entered northern Botswana its mighty floodwaters falter. In vain they...

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Emma Gregg  –  
United Kingdom UK

Emma is an award-winning travel writer for Rough Guides, National Geographic Traveller, Travel Africa magazine and The Independent.

Tranquil waters

The Okavango Delta has featured in so many books and television documentaries that I felt I already knew it long before I visited for the first time. I’ve always found the fact that it floods in Botswana’s dry season delightfully...

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Angels  –  
Spain ES
Reviewed: Aug 31, 2023

You feel closer to nature than anywhere else by doing a walking safari. We felt very secure at all times with our guide, even when seeing animals very close, like giraffes, elephants, crocodiles and even lions (we saw two males eating a...

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Alina & Andrzej  –  
Poland PL
Reviewed: Aug 21, 2023

We have seen lions, buffaloes, lots (!) of elephants, warthogs, herds of antelopes (different species), hippos in the water and grazing, crocodiles, w wild nature. Mokoro trips and walking safari was exciting.

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Vidyasagar Premkumar  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Aug 31, 2019

Great wildlife sightings (both predators and plains animals) and birdlife. Delta from the air is magical for photography, with sitatungas in the channel and same as kwando - focus of guiding on what we are there for - wildlife

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Alex Bruce  –  
Canada CA
Reviewed: Jul 22, 2019
A once in a lifetime trip that did not disappoint.

From the moment we arrived at Belmond Eagle Island Resort, we were made to feel like royalty. The entire staff greeted us at the entrance in song, followed by refreshments and tour. The accommodations redefine the term "glamping" with our...

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