Botswana’s Jewel, the Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta, starts its journey 1000km north in Angola as a small trickle, nothing terribly impressive.
But, as it continues its journey south, passing from Angola through Namibia and into Botswana, it evolves into this amazing life-giving body of water, and a myriad of small islands that make up the stunning Okavango Delta.
Thousands of years ago, the river flowed to a large lake, in what is now the Makgadikgadi region, after all, that’s what rivers do – but a freak of nature, an earthquake about 50,000 years ago, shifted the land in the vicinity of what is now the Namibia/Botswana border. This resulted in a change in the river’s natural flow – and the Okavango Delta was born.
The seasonal flooding of this area means that the water covered areas fluctuate between 5,000 and 8,000 square kilometres, creating over 150,000 islands. This annual influx of water, as the floods come down from Angola, means that human intervention in this area has remained minimal and it’s as though time has stood still with wildlife being allowed to flourish.
The best way to appreciate this spectacle is to visit one of the remote lodges which are only accessible by air. The lodges cater for small numbers of guests, usually between 10 – 18 people at a time. If they are in a private concession, which many of them are, you will not come across any other visitors from other camps. It’s like being in a time capsule and discovering Africa through the eyes of the early pioneers.
I never knew of a morning in Africa where I woke up and was not happy” Ernest Hemmingway
A safari in Botswana is an experience you are unlikely to forget and one you will most likely want to repeat!