Okavango Delta System

Ramsar logo

Okavango Delta System

  • Country: 
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    5,537,400 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    19°16'S 22°54'E
Materials presented on this website, particularly maps and territorial information, are as-is and as-available based on available data and do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area, or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.


Okavango Delta System. 09/12/96; Ngamiland; 5,537,400 ha; 19°17'S 022°54'E. Controlled Hunting Area, Game Reserve, Wildlife Management Areas. The site borders Namibia and is the only inland delta in sub-Saharan Africa. Set in a semi-arid region and subject to large fluctuations in flooded area, the site includes permanent and seasonal swamp, riverine floodplains and a seasonal freshwater lake. The floodplains form critical habitat for many species of birds and wildlife at their southern limits of distribution in the region. The diverse flora and fauna includes 1060 different plant species, 32 large mammal species, over 650 species of birds, 68 species of fish, and a highly diverse insect population, all of which include rare, endangered and endemic species. Human activities include recreation, tourism, subsistence farming, fishing, and livestock grazing. The present area figure has been recalculated downward in 2006, with no change of site boundaries. Ramsar site no. 879.Most recent RIS information: 2007.

Administrative region: 
Northwest District

  • National legal designation: 
    • game Reserve - The Moremi Game Reserve
    • Wildlife Management Areas - the Kwando and the Okavango Wildlife Management Areas
  • Last publication date: 


Ramsar Information Sheet (RIS)

Archived RIS

Additional reports and documents