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Okavango Delta

OKAVANGO DELTA

The Okavango Delta in Botswana is the world's largest inland delta and also the final destination of the Okavango River.

The Okavango River enters Botswana and fans out into myriad channels and lagoons to form the incredible wilderness that is the Okavango Delta - a wilderness of islands, papyrus beds, riverine woodlands and seasonal floodplains.

The Okavango Delta has been formed over 2 million years from silt deposits left as the river enters the flat, arid terrain of northern Botswana.

The waters of the Okavango Delta are subject to seasonal flooding, which begins around mid-summer in the north and six months later in the south (May/June). The water from the Delta is evaporated relatively rapidly by the high temperatures, resulting in a cycle of cresting and dropping water in the south. Islands can disappear completely during the peak flood, then reappear at the end of the season.

The Okavango Delta is home to some of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Africa and is regarded as one of Africa's ultimate safari destinations.

A number of safari lodges and camps have been established in and around this watery wilderness. Very few of these safari camps can be reached by road and visitors fly by light aircraft from Maun or Kasane to the camp of their choice.

Because the Okavango Delta always has a certain amount of water, even in it's 'dry' season, water based activities are on offer at many of the African safari camps here. Botswana safaris using boat and mokoro are an activity that should definitely be experienced by all who visit this wetland paradise.

The heart of the Okavango Delta is accessible by light aircraft only and as it is an exclusive destination, it remains wild and relatively unpopulated.

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