Botswana’s Okavango Delta covers more than 6,000 square miles and comprises the world’s largest inland river delta. It is considered a wetland of international importance and is a designated RAMSAR site. This majestic body of water is one of the last near-pristine aquatic ecosystems left on earth – it is so clear and clean that the water is actually drinkable!
The Okavango Delta is the only constant body of water in Africa that flows eastward without ever reaching the ocean, and does so in an elaborate labyrinth of narrow canals that are most easily navigated by using a mokoro, a traditional dug-out canoe and a pole which is placed in the water and used to push off.
The Moremi Game Reserve is located here, but is cordoned off and kept separate from the traveled portion of the water. This area is replete with wildlife, including lions, elephants, buffalo, hippos, giraffes, hyena, zebra, kudu, lechwe, sable, roan antelope and an abundance of birds. In fact, over 450 species of birds reside in its midst, including two species not found often in nature: the rare Fish Eagle and the huge, impressive Pel’s Eagle Fishing Owl.
The Okavango Delta has it all: the incredible animals and wildlife only found in such large quantity in Africa’s most popular safari locales, and all the grand and beautiful scenery that make for the most breathtaking and picturesque views. The extraordinary mix of unique and powerful creatures that have found a home here in this vast, glorious and pure environment definitely make the Okavango Delta a can’t-miss option if you’re touring Africa.
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