The Okavango Delta - Botswana

The Okavango Delta, in Botswana, is a large inland delta covering an area of 250 km by 150 km. Rainfall in surrounding areas in January and February drains into the Okavango River. This river does not flow into the sea and the water has nowhere to go except to spread out across the delta between March and June peaking between June and August. The water is gradually evaporated or used by plants before the cycle starts again.

These conditions are excellent for wildlife attracted by the water. Some animals are permanent residents whilst others are seasonal.

The Okavango is an great location for safaris, especially with the added interest of the water and water-based modes of transport. A trip in a makoro, a traditional canoe-like vessel commonly used in the Okavango Delta, was probably the highlight of our safari there. It was an opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of the wildlife without a motor to scare off the animals.

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