Footsteps In Africa Delta Camp

Return to a bygone era of Okavango exploration with an Okavango guide

Footsteps In Africa Delta Camp

Delta Camp sits at the confluence of two main channels of the Okavango Delta overlooking a busy lagoon that is home to many-a crocodile and hippo and oft-frequented by red lechwe (water-dwelling antelope) and elephant. The Okavango is defined by its wet and dry seasons but this region is especially affected; activities are therefore heavily influenced by fluctuating water levels. Walking and (should water-levels allow) mokoro - the traditional way of traversing, in a dugout canoe - are your means of travel. No motorised movement here - just good old-fashioned muscle. Delta Camp's simplicity can be as refreshing as it can be lacking, however, and amidst the glutting menu of high-end safari options it offers something distinctly more basic. Still, there is a strong emphasis on doing things simply and with integrity. It is one of the only operators to still offer overnight walking and mokoro trails - an unparalleled, unforgettable close-to-nature experience.

At the lodge

The hotel

A large elevated open-air thatched great room is the heart of Delta Camp. Here guests convene for activities, meals and in-between siestas. The mostly reed and found-object decor is relatively unmemorable. Don't expect chic safari, rather rustic and practical. Various sofas and chairs are oriented for optimal floodplain views. There is a small library and a decently stocked bar.

The rooms

The seven chalets vary in layout but the maximum number of guests in camp tops off at 16. Each room has ensuite bathrooms and sits tucked in the old-growth forest, elevated off the woodland floor with views of the floodplain beyond. You will find some quirky constructions and adaptations - mostly of them quite innovative. Hot and cold showers are provided by solar power, as is the ambient lighting. You won't find plug points, though the camp's office will happily assist in this regard. The tree house room (also with an ensuite bathroom) is elevated considerably higher than the other rooms and might appear somewhat of a haphazard structure, however, it expresses the unrefined charm of Delta Camp at it's best.

On safari


The guides here are exceptionally well prepared - after all, they've genuinely spent their lives exploring this region. Activities are organized twice-daily in the early morning and late afternoon, though camp is eager to oblige a full-day outing and provide you with a picnic lunch for the road. The focus of your experience is on walking and mokoro excursions, though the seasonally dependent floods determine accessibility for both (typically, floods are stable from May - September). For an authentic cultural experience, visit Sedibana, a local community from which many of Delta Camp's staff and guides come. If you're up for a multi-day mokoro trail/camp-out in the wilderness, this is the place to undertake such an endeavor. Everything is provided for by camp on this 2-8 night adventure - it doesn't get more tranquil or invigorating than this.

When to go

Okavango Delta by month


Season: Wet
  • This is the wettest month of the year with an average of just 10 days of rain expected, providing a unique experience in this lush landscape.
  • Incredible birding and the start of the birthing season, providing excellent game viewing with high predator excitement.
  • The vegetation is lush and green, animals are in presine condition and birds are in full breeding plumage providing incredible photographic opportunities.
  • Make sure you have your insect repellent packed, the wet season is also mosquito season.


Season: Wet
  • This time of year is the height of the wet season, on average rain falls only a couple of days a week, leaving plenty of time to explore this lush green paradise.
  • Good game viewing with high predator excitement during the birthing season.
  • The vegetation is lush and green, animals are in presine condition and birds are in full breeding plumage, providing incredible photographic opportunities.
  • Keep your insect repellent handy, particular in the early morning and late evening, as this is mosquito season.


Season: Wet
  • March is still relatively hot and considerably drier than January and February, expect sporadic afternoon showers.
  • Still good predator excitement with many young antelope learning the harsh lessons of an unforgiving wilderness.
  • A great time for land based explorations with water based activities only available at a handful of camps.
  • Be sure to pack mosquito repellent at this time of year.


Season: Wet
  • Temperatures start cooling with a handful of rainy days at the end of the wet season, welcoming in the floods from the North, indicating the start of the Delta flooding.
  • As birds look to migrate, game starts to make its way back into the region as other water sources become more scarce.
  • A great time of year to explore the Delta wilds by land before the flood waters rise too high.
  • Mosquito's are still around but not as prevalent, pack your insect repellent just in case.


Season: Dry
  • The perfect time for delta explorations, flooding is approaching its peak towards the end of the month, providing the perfect conditions for water based activities.
  • Temperatures are comfortable with little to no rain expected.
  • The ideal time for photography, animals are in their prime after the season of plenty, however migratory birds are beginning to fly North.
  • Mornings and Evenings can be a little nippy at this time of year, a couple of extra layers will surface during the month of May.


Season: Dry
  • Flooding is reaching its peak, creating one of the ideal months to visit this watery wonderland.
  • Temperatures are cool with little to no rain expected, making for comfortable safari conditions.
  • Wildlife of every shape and size migrate into the delta, taking advantage of this water source in the dry season.
  • Include a warm jacket in your essentials as morning and evening temperatures are chilly.


Season: Dry
  • The height of the water levels are achieved, ensuring a great diversity of activity in the Delta region.
  • Temperatures are warm during the day with little to no rain expected.
  • Enjoy some of the best wildlife viewing on the planet with incredible variation and big game encounters.
  • Pack a warm jacket for the chilly mornings and evenings.
  • Without a cloud in the sky, stargazing is an absolute treat during the month of July.


Season: Dry
  • The ideal time to visit this region with plenty of water around, leading to great water and land based safari, depending on your preference.
  • Temperatures are beginning to climb but still very comfortable, with little to no rain expected.
  • Enjoy some of the best wildlife viewing on the planet with incredible variation and big game encounters.
  • Include a warm jacket on your packing list because mornings can be chilly at this time of year.


Season: Dry
  • The perfect time to visit the Delta, the flood levels have began their decline, increasing the size of the islands and the weather is ideal for game viewing.
  • Temperatures are warm with midday temperatures climbing, clear blue skies are still to be enjoyed.
  • Home to the best wildlife viewing in Botswana at this time of year, encounter a myriad of species, all on your doorstep.
  • Very few mosquitoes are present during this time of year, making for a carefree safari experience.


Season: Dry
  • The flood levels begin to drop with the temperatures and humidity reaching their peak, expect some rainfall in the later days of the month.
  • Excellent wildlife viewing with incredible variation and big game encounters, the animals begin to disperse with the arrival of the rains.
  • Visibility is still good with sparse vegetation, making it easier to spot the animals of this region.
  • A full day in the bush is not recommended during October, as many of the bush species seek refuge from the midday heat.


Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are still hot and humid with the first true rains of the wet season, it should be noted that in most cases rains are just passing afternoon showers.
  • Wildlife will start to disperse with the receding floodwaters, making the delta game viewing exceptionally good, instead of world class.
  • As vegetation becomes green wildlife becomes more difficult to spot but that much more beautiful photograph.
  • Be sure to include a water based camp on your itinerary, ensuring the complete Delta experience.


Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are not as persistent with occasional afternoon showers soothing the heat of the day.
  • The "emerald season" is now in full swing, foliage is green and plentiful, flowers are in bloom and the migratory birds have returned.
  • The readily available water and green vegetation means animals enjoy prime condition, ideal for photographic enthusiasts.
  • Mosquitoes can be an issue at this time of year, be sure to pack some insect repellent.


The Okavango Delta boasts some of the best game viewing in Africa, with numerous species present across a range of wet and dry habitats. Encounter the Big Five in this region, with black and white rhino only present in the Moremi section of this conservation area. The numerous hoofed species including giraffe, zebra, lechwe and warthog, which are preyed on by lion, leopard and the endangered African wild dog, providing frequent hold-your-breath moments while on safari.


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