The size and diversity of Botswana’s Okavango Delta is best seen as you fly over by light aircraft or helicopter, which is also the quickest and easiest way to get around.
From up above the land below looks like a beautifully crafted patchwork quilt, woven with serpent shaped seams of blue that artfully dissect large patches of brown, gold and velvety green, dotted with the distinctive shapes of elephants and giraffes.
The sprawling plains and grasslands of the Okavango Delta form a dynamic ecosystem when the waters from the Angolan highlands flood the Okavango River, spilling across the Kalahari Desert. With each wet season the landscape changes from dry desert plains to marshes and estuaries, as the floodwaters bring new life and rhythm to its millions of inhabitants.
The wildlife numbers are staggering. Over 160 species of mammals, 520 species of birds, 64 species of reptiles, 33 species of amphibians and more than 1500 plant species, but who’s counting? It’s here in Botswana’s vast wilderness, that the opportunity for viewing birdlife and predators is unparalleled. Witnessing the Big Five is very probable, each day packed with a different selection of sights, sounds and thrilling wild animal encounters.
However, let’s not rush the experience of a lifetime. After an early start to the day, you’ll be thankful to find seclusion staying in one of the luxury safari lodges or camps where beside a waterhole you can comfortably observe nocturnal game viewing with every possible convenience at your fingertips. At the end of the day, quiet reflection with a superb sunset backdrop will bookend a picture perfect day.
Around 38% of the country’s surface is dedicated to National Parks, Game reserves and wildlife management areas. While it may not be the cheapest destination Botswana’s tourism policy is one of “high quality, low impact”.
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The diversity Botswana offers travellers of all ages – children to adults alike.