The Okavango Delta

Jan 03, 2024

Choosing a Lodge in the Okavango Delta

When choosing a lodge in the Okavango Delta, there are several factors to consider to ensure a memorable and enjoyable experience.

Location and Activities:

  • Consider whether the lodge is water-based, land-based, or a combination of both, as not all activities are available at all lodges
  • Some lodges offer only game drives, while others may provide a variety of activities such as water-based safaris, walking safaris, and mokoro (dugout canoe) excursions.
  • Lodges that are not in proclaimed reserves and parks can offer night drives and walking. Park rules prohibit and so lodges inside the Moremi & Chobe Parks have strict hours, no walking and no off-road driving.

Accommodation and Amenities:

  • Look for luxurious accommodation, exceptional service, sumptuous cuisine, and genuine hospitality, as these are key factors that contribute to a memorable experience.
  • Consider the lodge's style and amenities, such as tented camps, the number of tents available, and the overall ambiance of the lodge
  • Is the lodge in an area with a high concentration of tourists? Some lodges are in concessions that are exclusive use and no outside vehicles may enter. Other lodges are in 'crowded' areas with multiple vehicles at game sightings.

Wildlife Viewing:

  • Consider the wildlife viewing opportunities offered by the lodge. Some lodges are known for providing exceptional wildlife viewing experiences, including sightings of elephants, wild dogs, lions, leopards, and a variety of other wildlife
  • The wildlife is more prolific on the floodplains away from the the deep channels, but the waterways hold their owncharm unique to the Okavango Delta.

Budget and Interests:

  • The Okavango Delta offers a full range of accommodation from simple camps to top luxury lodges. However, it is an expensive destination. Lodge prices are from USD 450.00 pp per night to over USD 3 000.00 pp per night.
  • Determine your budget and the type of experience you are seeking, whether it's a luxurious retreat or a more rustic and adventurous safari experience.

By considering these factors, you can make an informed decision when choosing a lodge in the Okavango Delta that aligns with your preferences and ensures a memorable safari experience.