Seniors Explore the Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta, in Botswana, Africa, is a large inland delta, formed where the Okavango River reaches a tectonic trough in the central part of the endorheic basin (big words here)of the Kalahari Desert. Now that this is all settled, senior citizen friends, let’s go exploring.

Covering almost 5,800 square miles, the Okavango Delta, sometimes called the Okavango Swamp in Botswana is one of the largest freshwater inland wetlands on the planet, and it turns the red sands of the Kalahari Desert into a land of plenty. The world’s largest inland delta is situated in an extremely arid region and attracts great concentrations of diverse animals and birds.

The Delta is situated deep within the Kalahari Basin, and is often referred to as the ‘jewel’ of the Kalahari. A river delta usually leads to the open sea. But in Botswana the Okavango River empties onto open land and floods the savannah. Senior visitors will discover one of the most sought after wilderness destinations in the world. Oh yes, it’s a World Heritage Site, and that always counts double for me.

A Botswana Safari for Seniors

Africa Travel Resource invites seniors to check out their site. Their Guidebook well fill you in on all the details for the area.  Here is where the largest animal migration in the world migrates to the Okavango Delta. Audley Travel offers tours and safaris and  you can see an Audley specialist’s view on this site. On this map you can see why so many animals head for the Okavango Delta where water is abundant and the animals know this. There are several types of safaris such as riding, walking, photographic, camping and self-drive. YouTube has several videos for you to view.

National Geographic has a video on the Okavango Delta. Wikipedia is always a great resource but Wikitravel focuses on the travel aspect your trip. They note that the Kalahari Desert is FIVE TIMES the size of France.

Here are four travel deals for senior travelers to consider. The area is an immensely wildlife-rich expanse of islands, islets and lagoons, many of which change shape and even disappear with every annual flood season. Plan on a ride on the Okavango River, “The river that never finds the sea.”  Don’t miss this video by Rhino Africa.

The Okavango Delta is one of the “7 Natural Wonders of Africa.” An Okavango Delta safari is an experience of a lifetime. It must be ranked in the top 5 safari destinations in Africa, if not in the top 2 (along with the Serengeti). The scenery, wildlife, untouched wilderness and variety of safari experiences, make the Okavango unique.

So visit with your travel agent and take a closer look at one of these Okavango Delta Accommodations.  Enjoy your planning and even more being there in person. jeb




  1. Stean says:

    Traveling to Botswana was one of the fantastic holiday that i enjoyed last holiday. When I read this article,I get flash backs on this adventurous game rich area.I appreciate the post.

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