Comprising such a vast area of diverse habitats, the delta provides a variety of wildlife depending on your location. Water-based camps are more focused on water-safari’s abundant in birdlife and excellent for crocodile and hippo sightings, whereas the dry season attracts a huge number of animals making for thrilling game viewing with four of the Big Five easily spotted.
Lion, cheetah, leopard and African wild dog share the floodplains with large herds of elephant and buffalo. Both black and white rhino have been re-introduced, but sightings of these magnificent endangered giants are not always guaranteed. Carnivores such as lion, hyena and leopard are attracted by the mass of herbivores such as elephant, buffalo, giraffe, red lechwe, various antelope and zebra.
With constant water supply drawing more than 400 bird species in the delta, this is a prime birding destination. Walking safaris and mokoro trips on the water are a great way to get a close-up look at the birds, especially waders and incredible water-loving species that call the area home. Many migrant species are present during the wet season, making this an ideal time for bird-lovers to visit the delta.