Okavango Delta Wildlife

BOTSWANA

Wildlife

Here, the vastness of Africa’s heartland allows you the headspace to let your dreams take flight on the wings of the majestic African Fish Eagle. Their haunting cry will remain with you long after you return home, a reminder of your sweet, refreshing time.

The Okavango Delta is a unique natural phenomenon – rainfall in the distant Angolan highlands travels downstream, reaching the flat plains of Botswana, where the river fans out and then disappears beneath the sands, creating a lush inland delta amid this otherwise arid country. Therefore, the annual flooding of the Kalahari basin attracts huge wildlife populations. In addition, as the waters rise, animals are forced in ever greater concentrations onto the islands and remaining open plains around the waterways. You may encounter lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas and large packs of African wild dogs. The area supports the continent’s largest concentration of elephants and buffalo, with huge herds lifting the dust, creating dramatic sunset scenes. 

Hippos and crocodiles wallow in the deeper channels and lagoons. In addition to plentiful plains game (zebra, giraffe, warthog and antelope such as kudu, waterbuck, reedbuck and impala), you might encounter semi-aquatic antelopes, such as the red lechwe and sitatunga antelope species.

The area, a seasonal floodplain, is home to Africa’s iconic megafauna with a healthy population of lions following migratory herds of antelope and their more ambitious prey, revered megafauna elephants and buffalo. Leopards, the elusive, solitary hunters shadowed by opportunistic scavengers such as hyenas, also call this mystical floodplain home. They are masters of life in the margins. 

The area is dedicated to rhino research to help restore a species under threat due to pressure on the population suffering from a bygone era of big game hunting and modern-day illegal poaching. While black and white rhinos co-exist in the Okavango Delta, it is rare to see them. Under constant surveillance by anti-poaching task teams and enjoy special protection by Rhino Conservation Botswana. Understanding that eco-tourism contributes to restoring their species is as vital as comforting. Vast areas of savanna grassland support cheetah

Marvel as joy sparks deep within, at first a whisper, then a roar, like the mighty lion’s, you can’t ignore.

Iconic Five

The once-feared Big Five animals of Africa, pursued by trigger-happy trophy hunters, are now celebrated through photography.

These majestic creatures each occupy a vital place in the delicate ecology. They are now called the Iconic Five: elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo and rhinos.

It’s truly a privilege to witness their majesty more peacefully and sustainably.

Birding

For avid birdwatchers, the Okavango Delta is one of the top birding destinations in Africa, with 482 recorded species. It is the largest wetland in southern Africa. It has a more excellent range of habitats than any other wetland in the region, hence the wide range of bird species. In addition to its UNESCO World Heritage Site status, the Okavango Delta is further recognised by UNESCO as an Important Bird Area, harbouring 24 species of globally threatened birds, including, among others, six species of Vulture, the Southern Ground-Hornbill, Wattled Crane and near-endemic Slaty Egret. Iconic Delta bird species such as the African Fish Eagle, Bateleur, Southern Carmine Bee-eater, Yellow-billed Hornbill, Lilac-breasted Roller, and Lesser Jacana are plentiful. Various other wetland birds also occur, notably the Great White and Pink Backed Pelican species, 18 heron species, African Skimmer and African Pygmy Goose. Lucky birders might spot the elusive Pel’s Fishing Owl or White-backed Night Heron.

    What our guests say

    • star rating  Hidden gem - to Maun where we were met by our guide from Amber River Camp, located in the south east of the Delta. After a 2,5 hrs drive we were warmly welcomed... read more

      578lg
      November 23, 2022
    • star rating  Wonderful Safari Experience - Amber River Camp was an amazing experience. The people are so friendly and accommodating. The staff felt like family by the time we left,... read more

      Thefinnishflash67
      June 14, 2023
    • star rating  5 Star  - My wife and I spoiled ourselves with 5 nights at Amber River Camp run by Okavango Hidden Gems.

      Not only is the location secluded from other camps, but each... read more

      819william
      January 16, 2023
    • star rating  Best stay ever!! Highly recommended 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 - Luxury 5 STAR yet authentic tents. The staff is amazing, they go beyond their means to make your stay that extra personal and special!

      Spectaculair sunsets/sunrises. The sunset game... read more

      855maudh
      November 14, 2022
    • star rating  Amber RiverCamp - We have stayed at many safari camps but Amber River Camp has been the best by far.
      We arrived like Hollywood stars in a helicopter where we got to see... read more

      lindyvv1969
      November 13, 2022
    • star rating  Bucket List - exceeded all expectations - This was our first trip to Botswana and it was absolutely a 5+ star visit. From Lauretta, to Costa our guide, to Ollie and TSA - super attentive and fantastic... read more

      cathdav
      June 4, 2023
    • star rating  We touched the earth slightly! THANK YOU! KEA LEBOGA! - It was our first stay in Botswana and in the Amber River Camp, but for sure not our last one! We enjoyed a direct flight from Cape Town to Maun... read more

      nicolerA4045PA
      December 26, 2022
    • star rating  Exceptional camp in an amazing location. The small cosy nature of this camp and proximity of the wildlife wandering through the camp made this a hit with us and our... read more

      avatar thumb Deb J
      June 29, 2023
    • star rating  We have been visiting Botswana for more than a decade, and have stayed at several camps, but Amber has been the most memorable so far. We took the short helicopter... read more

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      November 17, 2022

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