The Okavango is the world's largest inland delta, and a phenomenal oasis in the middle of the colossal Kalahari Desert, attracting game in unrivalled numbers
. Floating along its reed channels in a mokoro dugout canoe is a wonderfully tranquil contrast to a dusty game drive, and a relaxing way to spot riverside wildlife, including hippos, crocodiles and birds. The local guides are both expert navigators – known as "polers" – and extremely knowledgeable about the animals and their habitat. This is a great thing to do in Botswana for animals lovers, as the near-silent mokoros don't startle the wildlife, so you can just sit back and float past the incredible scenery of the Okavango.
For an adventurous addition to your Okavango cruise, disembark from your mokoro for a "Big Five" walk
, following the fresh tracks of lions and elephants through the bush.
Listen to Hippos wallowing in the delta:
Listen to Hyenas laughing: