Botswana Rivers & Lakes

Although a landlocked country Botswana has a surprising number of rivers. namely, Boteti – Cuando – Khwai – Limpopo – Motloutse – Nata – Okavango – Notwane – Shashe – Tati – Thamalakane


Okavango Delta 

is in the far south near Maun. A vast wetland with a patchwork of clear water lagoons, flooded pans, plains and forests and lots of animals.

The delta provides a seasonal habitat to numerous different species.

Originating in Angola where it is known as the Cubango river, the Okavango flows into Botswana draining into the Moremi reserve.
The “river that never finds the sea” disappears into a unique network of channels, islands and lagoons. Covering an area of 17 000 sq. kms and forming the largest inland delta in the world; the delta provides a prolific habitat for plant and animal life.


Linyanti is also famous for the Savuti channel dubbed the river which flows both ways, as its waters fill up in the wet season and shrink in the dry.

Savuti Channel / Linyanti Swamps

could be likened to a miniature version of the Okavango.
The Kwando and Linyanti rivers start in southern Angola. After turning east their course takes them into a 900 sq. kms flood plain known as the Linyanti marsh.

Wildlife is plentiful especially in the dry winter months when large concentrations of elephant, buffalo are seen along the river.