Okavango-Delta 02Once part of the Lake Makgadikgadi and one of the seven Natural Wonders of Africa, the Okavango Delta is one of the largest inland deltas in the world. It forms where the Okavango River reaches a tectonic through in the endorheic basin of the Kalahari. The national park is on the eastern side of the delta. Annually, 11 cubic kilometers of water spreads over the area, feeding the Delta’s lush greenery, which is home to over 71 fish species, 60 000 Lechwe antelope, and herds of buffalo and elephant totaling approximately 30, 000, with the popular tourist attraction being the Big Five.

Little experience will enable you to feel as close to nature, especially if you use the “mokoro,” a traditional means of transport ( basically, a hollowed trunk tree on which you move silently through the papyrus and the fields of lilies in the Delta). The surrounding silence allows you to appreciate nature even more with the wind in the reeds, the multiple cries of birds, the hum of hippos and so much more.

The Okavango River (or Okavango in Botswana) is the fourth largest river system in Southern Africa. It takes its source in the mountains of northern Angola. Originally the water reached Maun and even filled the folds of Magadigadi and Nxai Nxai. Today the delta tends to move back and the most spectacular part to visit remains Maun.

The Okavango Delta in Botswana is the ultimate magical experience of the African safari! Widely believed to be the world’s largest inland delta, it is famous for its abundant wildlife and the indigenous Bushmen, with their ancestral cultokavango-delta-15-1g-150x150ure. Okavango offers unparalleled opportunities for observing big safaris game by boat, sightseeing flights and bird watching.

Also known as the Okavango Swamp, the delta is located in the center of southern Africa. The waters of the Okavango River flowing into the Kalahari Desert create a single area of ​​lush tropical wetland of 15,000 km ². Local residents, who are originally Bantu and San (Bushmen), traditionally depend on agriculture, hunting, fishing and livestock grazing. However, tourism is now developing also an important economic source in the Okavango region.

The Okavango Delta is home to a large amount of wildlife, attracting visitors who want to experience a truly natural and wild African safari. Safaris in the area of ​​the Okavango Delta allow you to reach a multitude of destinations, the famous Moremi Game Reserve in the western part of the Okavango Delta up to the Makgadikgadi Rserve, Pan Nxai and Aha Hills all intriguing adventures to consider.

One of the other attractions is the Tsodilo Hills site that offers nearly 4,500 ancient rock paintings by Bushmen. Visitors can also experience the old way of life in the village. Maun, the main town of the Okavango is the gateway to the Delta gate, and has its share of lodges, shops and agencies and safari tour operators. There is a pleasure flight in the Okavango Delta departing from Maun airport. There is also an educational safari park in Maun. Nhabe the museum in the northeastern Okavango Delta features exhibits on the natural history and culture of the region.

Source: Ventures Africa

Original article: http://www.ventures-africa.com/2013/12/discovering-africa-the-okavango-delta/

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