The Okavango Delta is a region in Botswana.
The University of Botswana's Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Centre HOORC was established in 1994 in response to the need to understand the natural and human processes that shape the Delta, which became a Ramsar Wetland of International Significance in December 1996. HOORC's multidisciplinary research teams provide the science to support the work of local, national and regional planning bodies such as Botswana's Okavango Delta Management Plan and OKACOM, the Okavango River Basin Water Commmission. Flow, the HOORC Library weblog, reports research and news relevant to the Delta.
Most travellers start from Maun with their own car. You can also charter airplanes there or go on a tour with one of the flying-safari operators.
The Okavango Delta is one of the world's great inland waterways. The meandering Okavango River is breathtaking, seen either by boat, airplane or mokoro. The main choices are to go on safari in Moremi Game Reserve or stay at one or two of the many lodges. The animals, as outlined below, the birding, flora and fauna are spectactular.
Go. It's amazing. Fabulous. One of my favorite, most magical places in the entire world. For the budget minded - take the bus from Maun to Sepopa. There is now a river taxi that travels daily from Sepopa to Seronga and coordinates with the buses. If your timing is off - stay at Swamp Stop overnight. In Seronga you can stay at the Polers Trust - enjoy the mekoro trips.
Large Nile Crocodiles are present in the Okavango Delta and are the 2nd largest species of crocodile in the world (behind crocodylus porosus) and is a known maneater. Respect should always be given and swimming is not advised anywhere in order to curb any unneeded suffering for yourself or the animal. Lions and Leopards are also present and should always be given extreme distance and, unless impossible, should ONLY be viewed from a vehicle. Hyenas have a bite stronger than any other mammal in Africa (including the Lion) and can be particularly dangerous in packs, show them distance and respect. Elephants, Wildebeest, Water Buffalo, Wart Hog, and especially Hippos can all be very dangerous (in many cases even more so than the carnivores) so distance and caution should always be taken into account.