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Okavango Delta

One of the most spectacular nature reserves in Africa, the Okavango Delta, a vast wetland fed by the 1600 km long Okavango River. The river rises in the highlands of Angola and flows through Namibia and finally flows into Botswana and culminates in the Kalahari. The inland delta which has arisen with its 15 000 square kilometres, is the largest in the world. The area consists of a system of river arms and streams, thousands of wooded islands, grasslands, savannah and beautiful cane, lily and papyrus fields.

Millions of years ago the Okavango River resulted in a large inland lake called the Lake Makgadikgadi. By tectonic activity and climate changes the flow of the river has interrupted, the lake dried up the Makgadikgadi salt pans and created the Delta.

The water from the Okavango takes almost nine months to get from Angola to reach the endpoint at Maun in Botswana because there is little difference in height. The rain that falls from October to April in Angola, and the Delta is only from June. This puts the water in the Delta right in the dry season flooding many of the small islands. You can visit the Okavango Delta all year round, but the best time to see wildlife is from May to October. For seeing birds and blooming flora it is the most suitable from November to April. To get a good picture of the area, a flight in a small plane or helicopter is worthwhile.

The marsh population consists of hippos, crocodiles, snakes, turtles, water dragons, lizards and many species of fish and insects. Furthermore, you can see the lion, giraffe, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, leopard, wild dog, hyena, cheetah, baboon and some rare antelopes during a safari. You will get the real Okavango safari feeling when you go with a guide on a walking safari on one of the islands. While staying at the Delta you can take a boat trip in a traditional canoe, a mokoro which is propelled with a long pole with a stick. Allow yourself to engulf the rest of the crystal clear water and the maze of small waterways while you continue silently among the reeds and lilies. Accommodation is possible in the Delta, but the 'camping' has no running water or electricity, so you must love to be back to basic in nature. You will always be accompanied by local guides who can take you to your abode with the mokoro. There will always a fire burning to keep away wild animals. More to the Delta edge you will find fine campgrounds and accommodations from which you can make trips to the Delta.

Most lodges are located in the Moremi Game Reserve on the north-eastern side of the delta. This reserve has no fence and animals can thus freely move in and out this part of the Delta. The lodges are all luxurious and fairly pricey to avoid mass tourism and protect the natural beauty of the flora and fauna within the Delta. Here you can have good game drives by 4x4 cars or on foot with experienced guides. Stay in Maun and make a trip to the Okavango Delta from there.

Consider anti-malaria measures with a visit to the Okavango Delta.

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