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4-Day Okavango Delta Safari Tours

The Okavango Delta is many travelers’ favorite place in Africa. There really is nowhere else like it. The Delta’s watery expanse is different every year, but one thing remains the same: the wildlife you can see here is extraordinary. It can feel like wandering into an action-packed wildlife documentary and you never quite know what you’ll see next, from big cats and big elephants to aquatic antelopes and an astonishing array of birds. They really know how to run safaris in these parts, and the accommodation, too, is often world-class. Best of all, there are so many opportunities to escape the crowds and feel like you have this remarkable place all to yourself.

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5 Questions About 4-Day Okavango Delta Safaris


5 Questions About 4-Day Okavango Delta Safaris

Answered by Anthony Ham

What type of tours are available for a 4-day Okavango Delta safari?

“There are almost as many tour possibilities for exploring the Delta on a 4-day Okavango safari as there are tour operators. The most common tours are those where you fly in from Maun or Kasane to one of the remote camps scattered across the Delta and stay for a couple of days (or the whole 4 days) before flying out again. Although much of the Delta is not protected as a national park (with the exception of the Moremi Game Reserve), it is divided into privately run or community concessions, with just a handful of tented camps in each. The great thing about flying into these is, of course, the views you can enjoy on your way in and out. There are many areas within the Delta (especially in the southern regions) that you can reach by car, even during the periods of highest water levels. This means that self-drive safaris are an option. Those areas accessible by vehicle also open up more possibilities for budget safaris.”


What kind of accommodation can I expect?

“The Okavango Delta is famous for its first-rate accommodation, and the options you’ll have to choose from are incredibly varied. At the budget end of the scale, there are lots of campsites, especially in the southern areas of the Delta that can be reached by car. These are often just cleared areas and very few (if any) have fences around them. At these campsites, you’ll sleep in simple tents and have communal shower, toilet and cooking facilities. Some of these are bush or mobile camps, with no facilities at all. Most campsites for self-drive safaris have a toilet and shower block, fire pits and little else. Otherwise, most accommodation in the Delta consists of tented camps. Most of the camps have a bar, dining and lounge area (or areas), and some have a swimming pool. The safari tents in which you’ll sleep come in all shapes and sizes. Some are super luxurious, with lots of space, wooden floors, en suite bathrooms, writing desks, sofas and more. Most look out over the surrounding countryside and the best ones are spaced across a wide area to really help you enjoy the isolation. If you’re lucky, you’ll be lying in bed one night and hear the roar of lions nearby.”


Which activities are available on a 4-day Okavango Delta trip?

“The main activity on most 4-day Okavango Delta safaris is the guided game drive. This is where you’ll be taken out to look for animals by a driver and guide. You’ll do this in an open-sided 4WD with a canvas roof and tiered seating that ensures everyone in the vehicle gets a great view. These game drives usually occur in the early morning and late afternoon when the animals are at their most active and easiest to see. Game drives are also possible on a self-drive safari, but obviously you’ll be the one doing the driving and you won’t have a guide. Another favorite activity in the Delta is a trip in a mokoro (dugout canoe). These excursions happen whenever water levels allow and they’re a real Okavango specialty. They involve a guide and/or poler punting you along the Delta’s many channels. It’s slow, blissfully tranquil going. You may not see many land animals (although you might spot elephants and other wildlife by the water’s edge), but the scenery is superb and there’s a good chance you’ll see hippos, crocs and lots of birds.”


Is self-drive an option for a 4-day Okavango Delta safari?

“A self-drive safari is certainly possible on a 4-day Okavango Delta safari. In fact, it’s one of the best things you can do here, and it’s my favorite way to get around. A self-drive safari means that there will be some areas of the Delta that you can’t reach because water levels are too high. But this is a vast place and there’s still so much you can see and so many regions you can explore. Driving yourself around comes with a wonderful feeling of freedom: you’re the one who decides where to go, when to move on and when to stay. If you’re on a guided game drive as part of a group safari, the guide has to keep everyone happy, and not everyone will agree on how long you stay at each wildlife encounter. On a self-drive safari, the decision is all yours. Some self-drive safaris mean that you will be entirely self-sufficient, and you’ll camp using a rooftop tent or similar and cook all your own meals. Other self-drive options include staying in tented camps instead of camping on your own. Most operators will make all of the arrangements, including organizing the vehicle, booking your accommodation (including campsites) and preparing an itinerary for you.”


How much will this safari cost?

“The cheapest 4-day Okavango Delta safari will start at US$200 to US$250 per person per day. For this price, you might be expected to help out around camp with tasks such as setting up tents, cooking, washing up etc. At the other end of the scale, an all-inclusive luxury safari can start at US$700 per person per day and could even cost double that. Things that will make a difference to your costs include the type of accommodation and the level of comfort and luxury you plan on enjoying. There is also a big difference between high- and low-season prices (high season generally runs from July to October). Remember, however, that not all tented camps remain open outside high season. Another factor is the type of safari: a private safari will cost more than either a self-drive or a group safari. Things that generally aren’t included in the quoted cost of your safari may be your air transfers to and between the Delta’s camps. While these can seem expensive (prices vary greatly depending on how far you’re going), they’re less so when you think of them as a scenic flight. Keep your camera at the ready! Airfares to and from Botswana are obviously also excluded from these cost estimates.”


Okavango Delta Reviews

4.8/5 167 Reviews
James Bainbridge  –  
United Kingdom UK

James is a travel writer and author of many Lonely Planet guides, including senior author of the guide to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.

Unbeatable wildlife and wilderness

The Okavango Delta is arguably southern Africa’s premier safari destination, offering mokoro (dug-out canoe) trips along its placid waterways, wilderness camping and a full cast of African wildlife. I had many of my most memorable safari...

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Harriet Nimmo  –  
South Africa ZA

Harriet is a zoologist with more than 20 years’ experience. She has the privilege of working with the world’s top wildlife photographers and photo-guides.

The Jewel in Botswana’s Crown

This is my favourite place in all of Africa, a breathtakingly beautiful watery wonderland. It is an expensive trip, with mainly high-end lodges and access by charter flight, but in my opinion worth every dollar. Depending on location and...

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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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