Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta

Introduction

The Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta in the world, located in Botswana. It covers about 15 000 square kilometres (5,800 sq mi) and is formed by the Okavango River as it drains into a tectonic trough in the central part of the endorheic basin of the Kalahari. All together, these regions cover over 220,000 square kilometres (85,000 sq mi).

The area was once part of Lake Makgadikgadi, an ancient lake that mostly dried up by the early Holocene. Although dependent on conditions of direct rainfall on its catchment area and seasonal floods from Angola, since its permanent delta area was developed in a desert area, during dry years it shrinks less than might be expected. The yearly wetlands dry up during each dry season and then fill again almost to capacity during each wet season with water transported through a large system of channels.

Okavango Delta

It is incredible because it is the world’s largest inland delta, and that means that during dry season, it has water when nowhere else does.

  • It is incredible because it is the world’s largest inland delta.
  • It is located in Botswana, Africa.
  • It is an important wetland and wildlife sanctuary.
  • The water that flows into the Okavango Delta comes from rivers that flow through Namibia, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe before draining into the river system of Angola and finally reaching the Cunene River (a tributary of the Okavango). This means that during dry season, there is water in this region when nowhere else has any; thus making it a great place for animals to gather in large numbers during dry seasons when other areas are too hot or barren for survival.

Embedded in the vast Kalahari Desert, which stretches all over Botswana as well as parts of Namibia, South Africa and Angola, it provides a stark contrast to the arid land surrounding it.

If the Okavango Delta is like the sun, then the Kalahari Desert is its dark moon. Embedded in the vast Kalahari Desert, which stretches all over Botswana as well as parts of Namibia, South Africa and Angola, it provides a stark contrast to the arid land surrounding it.

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It’s also one of the most biodiverse places on earth. This means that it’s home to many different species of plants and animals (more than 1,200 fauna species have been identified here). Some are common to other African countries but others are unique to this region; they aren’t found anywhere else on Earth!

This is why so much wildlife is attracted to it.

The Okavango Delta’s unique geography and climate are responsible for attracting so much animal and plant life. As the world’s second largest inland delta, it has an incredibly diverse range of habitats that attract a staggering number of animals (and humans). It has been described as “Africa in miniature”, with over 1,000 species of birds living alongside more than 500 species of fish and plenty more besides.

Because it is so remote, the Okavango Delta is also home to many endangered species like black rhino, African bush elephant and desert leopard – there are even plans to reintroduce lions back into this region which once supported them but now lacks them due to extensive hunting.

You can find lions, leopards, hyenas and wild dogs here, along with elephants and buffalo and hundreds of other species.

The Okavango Delta has a lot to offer. You can find lions, leopards, hyenas and wild dogs here, along with elephants and buffalo and hundreds of other species. The best time to see the animals is during the dry season from June to September when water levels are low which makes it easier for them to be spotted on land.

You can also see them during the rainy season but you might have some difficulty spotting them as they tend to stay hidden in the reeds at this time due an excess amount of water in the area.

The best way to view wildlife is either on a game drive or while canoeing through their territory! The locals go out into nature every day by means of mokoros (canoes) which allows them access deep into areas inhabited by animals no one else could reach without being detected by their prey before hand.”

Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed reading about the Okavango Delta. It is a place of beauty and mystery, one which will continue to provide countless adventures for adventurers in the wilderness of Botswana. We’ll see you there!

By Bodroux Mokwasi

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