Botswana has spearheaded the trend for low-impact tourism to Africa. A true wilderness experience is created with this eco-friendly impact, and makes this unspoiled Delta a unique wildlife destination.
History of the Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta was created where the Okavango River reached a tectonic trough in the central part of the Kalahari basin.
It is one of the largest inland deltas in the world.
The water that reaches the Okavango Delta evaporates, it does not flow into any sea or ocean. The Okavango River flows onto open land, flooding the savanna and creating a unique inland delta. ... The delta swells to approximately three times it’s normal size between March and August.
The Delta region of the Okavango can vary in size from 15 000 square kilometers during drier periods to a staggering 22 000 square kilometers during wetter periods. Its dominant plant species are reeds, mokolwane palms, acacia, sycamore fig, sausage trees, rain trees, and African mangosteen.
The Okavango Delta was named as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Botswana has a healthy wildlife population. Most big safari animals are easily seen, with the exception of rhino, which has recently been reintroduced. The northern parks have permanent water sources and host greater concentrations of wildlife than the dry parks in the south.
Botswana has an abundance of big African animals such as the elephant, giraffe, hippo, buffalo, and zebra. Wild cats aren’t as prevalent, but there are still plenty of lions to spot. If you’re keen on seeing rarer animals, you can find endangered antelopes and African wild dogs in some of the country’s northern parks, whose water sources are more reliable than those of parks in the south.
With over 550 recorded species, Botswana is a superb birding destination. It doesn't have endemic species, but several have limited distribution. The habitat ranges from wet delta to desert bush, and both waterbirds and dry-country specials can be seen. Great numbers of migratory birds are present from October to April.
The birdlife in Botswana is good year-round, but at its best in the Wet season, from November to April, when the migratory birds from Europe and northern Africa are present. At this time, many resident bird species are nesting and in breeding plumage. Except for January and February, rains are mostly short showers in the afternoon and seldom have a negative impact on your trip. For wildlife viewing, the Dry season is better.
Accommodation and Safari
Other countries might have invented the safari, but Botswana has perfected it. The combination of epic wildlife populations in the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park, with the world’s largest network of salt pans in Makgadikgadi Pans and the desert-specialist animals of the Kalahari, makes for endless Botswana safari packages and possibilities. It is possible to explore it all on a self-drive 4WD expedition, but the Botswana safari experience is more often defined by high-end luxury safaris.
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