The Okavango Delta
Botswana's Okavango Delta is a unique lagoon located at the geographical heart of southern Africa. The Okavango Delta is in the Kalahari Desert and is one of the largest wetland wildernesses in the world. This naturally occurring phenomenon is home to various forms of wildlife and offers a safari experience that is second to none.
What is the Okavango Delta?
The Okavango River streams from the highlands of Angola and spills onto the Kalahari sands where it ends nt reaching the sea. This causes the Okavango Delta to form. The Okavango Delta is home to hippos, crocodiles, tiger fish and bream. At its widest point, the delta's fan is approximately a hundred and seventy kilometers wide. During the rainy season the delta shelters and nourishes close to 200,000 animals which migrate from the desert. The sands of the Kalahari Desert filter the water and it evaporates off its fast-running streams. The water then cools and is safe and sweet to drink.
Why visit the Okavango Delta?
The Delta offers a surreal environment while hosting over a hundred mammalian species, a hundred and fifty species of reptiles and countless species of birds. The delta is home to predators such as lions, leopards and cheetahs. You can also find endangered African wild dogs, wildebeests, buffaloes, zebras and antelopes.
During the floods, the delta is also home to a large number of elephants and rhinos.
The delta is a popular destination as it hosts affordable camps and cabins. Some of these camps offer the tourists fishing experiences and nature walks in the riverine forests that are filled with birds. You can experience exhilarating canoe rides in a traditional African dugout canoe and gain a wealth of African traditions and practices by interacting with the locals. Although rare, during the safaris, tourists can also find the big five in their natural element.
Visit this one of a kind delta and get to experience the wealth of treasures it has to offer.