The Okavango Delta

Tour The Okavango Delta

Botswana
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Franz Schallmeiner
Okavango Delta
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Botswana

The Okavango Delta, often referred to as "Africa's Last Eden," is an oasis of life in the heart of Botswana's arid Kalahari Desert. It's an exceptional place, where the Okavango River flows into a landlocked basin, creating a sprawling wetland system that's unlike any other in the world.

A mosaic of channels, lagoons, and islands, the Delta is teeming with an astounding variety of life. The annual flooding from the Angolan highlands travels over a thousand kilometers, reaching the Delta between March and June. This influx transforms the dry plains into a lush paradise, attracting wildlife from all corners of the continent.

Elephants, lions, leopards, and buffalo are just a few of the majestic creatures that roam its expanses. The Okavango is also home to the elusive African wild dog and the semi-aquatic sitatunga antelope, perfectly adapted to life in the marshy surroundings. Amid the glistening waters, one can spot hippos and crocodiles, while the skies above are graced by over 400 species of birds, including the iconic African fish eagle.

More than just its wildlife, the Okavango Delta is known for its ethereal beauty. The shimmering waters reflecting the vast African sky, dotted with palm-fringed islands and intertwined by papyrus-lined channels, present a scenic splendor that's truly a feast for the eyes.

Adventurous travelers can explore the delta in a multitude of ways. Traditional mokoro (dug-out canoe) rides provide a serene and intimate encounter with the waterways. Game drives and walking safaris bring visitors up close to the vibrant wildlife. For a bird's-eye view, scenic helicopter flights offer an unparalleled perspective on the vastness and intricacies of this wetland wonder.

In essence, the Okavango Delta is not only a geographical marvel but also a living testament to the harmonious dance of life and nature. A visit here promises an immersive experience, a deep connection with the wild, and memories that last a lifetime.

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Geeky Facts about The Okavango Delta

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It is a UNESCO World Heritage site

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Between March and August it can grow almost three times in size

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Around 60,000 Lechwes live in the delta

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