Wild Places

Okavango Delta

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Sunset in Okavango
In 2003 I enjoyed my first trip to Botswana and I fell in love with the Okavango Delta. The delta is a magical place: it "appears" every year when a 15,000 km2 area, north of the Kalahari in Botswana, gets flooded by the Kavango river, which in turn gets its water from the rains that fell in Angola highlands during the previous rainy season.

In other words, the delta is a huge seasonal lake that appears, and then evaporates, every year, in the middle of one of the driest deserts on Earth...

The delta is one of the places in Africa with highest wildlife density. Winter (April to November) is the dry season and the best time to view large herds, as they gather at water sources. The grass is also flatter, which makes it easier to observe animals.

I have been in the Delta in 2003, in 2005 and again in 2009. In 2009 I visited Kwando, a privaet concession that in which I experienced thee best encouters with African Wild Dogs.