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Okavango Delta in Botswana

Description

The Okovango is perhaps the most precious wetland in the world, for it is one of a kind a river delta that feeds not into the sea but into dry land. Every winter, when the rest of southern Africa is dry and parched, the rainwaters that fell six months before.


At the Kavongo Rivers source in Angola, spill out into the Delta, flooding the entire region, creating a vast inland lagoon broken up by islands of rising ground channelled through the beds of the Deltas perennial waterways. Although these greater waters recede for the rest of the year, the centre and northwestern.

Delta also know as the Panhandle remains waterlogged nearly all year-round, and there is enough water in the region as whole to keep the game from migrating in and out.

The Okavongo Delta, which covers an area of 16000kmsq that, at its full capacity, can cover as much as 18000kmsq. Wildlife The Okavango is unforgettable - elephants cruise regularly the camps; families of lion, wild dog, and hyena, leopards, buffaloes, antelope, shy sitatunga, the puku, reedbuck, crocodiles, hippo.

Birdlife

The Delta birdlife is intensive even by southern Africa standards, with a full array of both bushveld and water species. It is one of the only places in Africa where you might spot the rare wattled crane, pels fishing owl, the palm-nut vulture, or gymnogene, bee-eaters, crowned crane, red ibis, sunbird, malachite kingfisher, and lilac-breasted, fish eagle, betaleur, snake eagle.

Best Time to Visit

The winter is paradoxically, the most watery time of year to visit the Delta though Chobe gets very dry from April to October. The drier it becomes, the more animals one usually sees near permanent water. Between May and September, the floodwaters from the Okavango Rivers. During the summer rainy season the waters recede, despite the heavy storms, from all. During this time the area filled by water in winter months becomes a vast lawn of emerald-green grass cropped short by game.

Access By Air

There are daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg to Maun. There are also regular flights from Gaborone, Windhoek, Kasane, Harare and Victoria Falls Western panhandle There are number of air strips along the western panhandle.

By Road

Coming from Namibia, one enters at Mohemba Gate and the road is tarred all the way to Maun. At Mohembe there is a ferry, which takes one across the Okavango River and to the eastern side of the panhandle.

Accommodation

Island safari lodge-12km from town on the northern side of the river turn off just before the bridge crossing the Thamlakane River Crocodile camp-11km south of the river chalets, restaurant, bar, swimming pool. Sitatunga camp -10km west of Maun on the Togeng-Shakawe road roads. Good bar, swimming pool, crocodile farm Shakawe fishing camp- the turn-off situated 11,5km south of Shakawe.Chalets available.

Last Updated on Monday 30th November 2009

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