"In time, and with water, everything changes" - Leonardo Da Vinci
THE LIFE OF THE RIVER
The Okavango Delta is a lush, life giving river delta in the northwestern part of Botswana.
It is formed by the Okavango River, which originates in the distant highlands of Angola and then splits up when it reaches Botswana, forming the largest inland river delta to be seen anywhere in the world. The delta covers some 15 000 km2 - a massive area, which can be seen from space - and as such also forms one of the largest nature conservation areas in southern Africa.
The beauty of the Okavango Delta's natural diversity is to be found in the stark difference between the dry and rainy seasons. Floodwaters in the river caused the heavy rainfall season in the highlands of Angola can take a couple of months to reach Botswana. They normally arrive after the rainfall season has passed, during the generally drier season occurring between June and October of each year.
A WORLD HERITAGE SITE
The Okavango Delta is home to some of the world's most endangered species of large animals and predators, in it is one of the few intact wetland systems to be found on Earth. Thanks to its uniquely adapted wildlife systems and its seemingly endless beauty, it was named as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2014.
CAMPING AMONGST THE STARS OF THE OKAVANGO
There are many exciting places to stay in the Okavango Delta. Some of the camps, such as Mombo Camp and Little Mombo, are on the drier Mopane Triangle land within the Delta, while others, such as Nxabega are on the wetlands, which form in the mosaic of floodwater-covered plains in between. Fantastic birdlife can be seen at these wetter camps, and "Mokoro" safaris are a novel and interesting way to spend an afternoon. At the camps on drier land expect to see larger game -great for seeing predators in action.